Criminals like iPhones because of encryption: US police

iPhoneSome criminals have switched to the new iPhone as their “device of choice” to commit irregularities due to strong encryption Apple Inc has placed on their products, said three groups responsible for law enforcement in a court filing.

The groups told a judge overseeing the battle of Apple with the United States Department of Justice on Thursday that, among other things, they were aware of “numerous instances” where criminals who previously used the phone called burner throwaway they had changed iPhone. They do not list a specific instance.

The communication of the Association Officers federal police and two others also cited a telephone call intercepted by prison authorities in New York in 2015, in which a prisoner called encryption Apple operating system a “gift of God”.

The government last month obtained a court order requiring Apple to write new software to disable password protection and allow access to an iPhone used by one of the shooters at the December murders in San Bernardino, California.

Apple requested that the order be vacated, arguing such a move would constitute a dangerous precedent and a threat to the safety of the customer.

industry-leading technology as Google, Facebook and Microsoft and more than two dozen other companies filed legal documents Thursday supported by Apple. The Department of Justice received the support of the groups responsible for law and six relatives of the victims of San Bernardino comply.

Police groups said in their letter that Apple’s stance poses a serious threat to investigations across the country.

The FBI says Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were inspired by Islamist militants when they shot and killed 14 people on December 2 at a party. The couple later died in a shootout with the police and the FBI said he wants to read data from phone Farook work to investigate any links with militant groups.

In a paper presented on Thursday, the Attorney’s Office of San Bernardino County of said at least two 911 calls from the time of the shooting reported three assailants, not two.

Although these reports were “uncorroborated,” if in fact there were three attackers would be important to open a crack in the iPhone “to identify hitherto unknown co-conspirators,” said District Attorney presentation.

Apple has said it respects the FBI and cooperated by turning over the data in their possession.

The last application is different, Apple says, because it forces them to break a phone with a software tool that does not currently exist.