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Apple Hackers, Crypto Experts Ask Courts to Vacate Order

"A laundry list of past and present iPhone experts and cryptography experts today filed an amicus brief asking the courts to vacate their order mandating Apple assist the FBI in unlocking a phone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

Filed by Jennifer Granick and Riana Pfefferkorn of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, the brief argues that the order endangers public safety and sets a precedent where the government and law enforcement could request similar access to other phones, and not just the one phone as is stated in the order.

“As experts, it is amici’s opinion that the dangers of forcing companies to denigrate the security of their products and of allowing law enforcement to commandeer consumer devices for surveillance purposes are too great,” the brief said.

The experts involved include Charlie Miller, the first researcher to hack and control and iPhone, current iOS researchers and forensics experts Dino Dai Zovi and Jonathan Zdziarski, crypto experts Hovav Shacham, Dan Boneh and Bruce Schneier."