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Decrypting the iPhone will do nothing good, experts say

The tech industry is on Apple's side when it comes to the dispute with FBI over the unlocking of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

This was, once again, confirmed through a research done by security vendor AlienVault. According to the company's survey, which polled 1,500 IT security professionals, 33 per cent supports FBI, while the rest thinks unlocking the phone will do nothing but weaken overall product security.

Almost two thirds (63 per cent) believes Apple should not give in to FBI's demands.

But the opinion the surveyed have on overall security is what's dismal here – almost two thirds believe the government is already so intrusive and pervasive in its surveillance that it's impossible to have a private conversation on any device.

Moreover, 34 per cent believe the government should monitor mass communications for national security purposes.

“We are clearly at a turning point in the history of Internet surveillance and suspicions among those in the know are running high. IT & security professionals can see straight through the public arguments being made about the Apple case,” said Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault.

"Many seem to view it as a power grab by the FBI, and an attempt to gain significant new powers that could undermine the communications infrastructure used by us all. But whatever the underlying motives may be, the outcome of this case will clearly have broader implications on future government attempts to access encrypted information, and the development of legal frameworks for state surveillance powers, such as the Investigatory Powers Bill in the UK.”

The FBI recently uncovered an iPhone 5C belonging to the San Bernardino shooter. The iPhone is locked and the authorities have no way of unlocking it to see if the phone has any leads on potential accomplices or future plans.

The government asked Apple to help them unlock the iPhone, and has even gone as far as to ask phone makers to build special backdoors so that law enforcement agencies could have access to the devices.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.