Apple’s senior VP of software engineering warns about danger of FBI’s backward demands

The Apple vs FBI standoff continues in a specially penned op-ed for The Washington Post

While this encryption has garnered a whole lot of attention in the States, it’s been slower to catch on here. But if you know what’s good for you, it’s worth paying attention to.

This is the first time since Tim Cook’s open letter that another of Apple’s top brass has spoken publicly about the matter. And this time around, it's their senior VP of software engineering, Craig Federighi, the man responsible for the development of iOS.

In other words, someone who is more than qualified to comment on the matter.

In an opinion piece written for The Washington Post, Federighi outlines the importance of safeguarding software and the short-sightedness of the FBI’s demands.

"And cryptographic protections on the device don’t just help prevent unauthorized access to your personal data — they’re also a critical line of defense against criminals who seek to implant malware or spyware and to use the device of an unsuspecting person to gain access to a business, public utility or government agency."

He sheds a bit more light on the technical aspects of the issue, explaining why creating a backdoor isn't all that simple. 

"But the security of iOS 7, while cutting-edge at the time, has since been breached by hackers. What’s worse, some of their methods have been productized and are now available for sale to attackers who are less skilled but often more malicious."

Long story short, even if it's just one phone in question, the impact of the FBI's demands has the potential to be felt worldwide and in far more malicious circumstances, whether we realise it now or not.

Apple is evidently throwing its weight behind this issue, with the March event supposedly being postponed in order to deal with their legal preoccupations at this point and goes a long way in proving that the company practises what they preach about user privacy.

Fight the good fight, and keep on keeping it classy, Apple.