FBI vs. Apple sparks Debate in Vermont Classroom

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It’s the FBI versus Apple.

The tech giant is refusing to unlock one of the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone.

The White House agrees with a California judge, demanding Apple breakthrough it’s own encryption code.

Locally, Digital forensics students are debating how this should play out.

The iPhone belonged to Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers.

This is not only setting up an historic legal fight, but what happens next between Apple and the FBI could have implications for consumers.

Apple CEO Tim Cook saying Thursday, quote  “…complying with the FBI would require it to build ‘a backdoor’ to the iPhone.”

He considers that too dangerous to create.

The FBI can’t attempt to unlock the iPhone without risking losing all the data.

Federal investigators ordered the tech giant to bypass it by hacking it’s own encryption
Code.

“You want to be friends with encryption. It’s the reason our banking is safe.Your email, your login, that will be safe and secure. There’s a lot of people against us. Criminals are there to exploit us, to steal information from us,” said Jon Rajewski, digital expert and instructor.

There’s arguments on both sides.

The FBI said it’s to protect Americans from terrorists.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said it a dangerous privacy and security issue.

The FBI is using a device called an IP box to try and hack the iPhone.

Champlain College’s Digital Expert and Instructor Jon Rajewski demonstrated how it works.

“If you put in 5 to 10 pass codes, it’ll lock the device for 30 minutes and then and hour. What they’re asking apple to do is stop that. Let’s brute force this with one of these devices so we can get into it. We’re not asking you to disable the encryption, we’re asking you to disable the security mechanism to make it easier,” said Rajewski.

It’s a new conversation in the classroom.

“The students played apple. I played the FBI. We did 5 minutes of research and discussed the legal implications, societal and future implications,” said Rajewski.

Students are on both sides of this controversial debate.

“Once you create a backdoor for the operating system there is no going back. It is something that you have to protect with your life, and it’s extremely risky,” said Ethan Brooks, student.

“For governments to have access to these programs and see what’s going on the phone, so I think it’s a good thing,” said Rebecca Blaisdell, student.

Apple is now appealing the court order by a California judge, in a first-of-it’s kind legal battle.

CNN Money is reporting Google’s CEO has come out in support of Apple.

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