The Apple vs FBI case has been heating up over the last few weeks and there have been many statements for or against either of the parties. However in a statement which has come out as rather absurd, San Bernardino District Attorney, Michael Ramos, the dead terrorist’s iPhone might be harboring a ‘cyber pathogen’ of some kind. And yes, you read that right.
The iPhone in question belongs to terrorist Syed Farook which was issued by the county of San Bernardino to him to help him work his duties with the Health Department of San Bernardino.
“The iPhone is a county owned telephone that may have connected to the San Bernardino County computer network. The seized iPhone may contain evidence that can only be found on the seized phone that it was used as a weapon to introduce a lying dormant cyber pathogen that endangers San Bernardino’s infrastructure,” Ramos said in a statement.
This is actually the first statement of certainty by anyone associated with the case, where they hae claimed what the phone might contain. Jarrod Burguan, the San Bernardino police chief, said there was a “reasonably good chance that there is nothing of any value on the phone.” James Comey, the FBI director, said Feb, 21 that “Maybe the phone holds the clue to finding more terrorists. Maybe it doesn’t.”
Many iPhone experts have been contacted over the same, and most of them have ridiculed it, with some even saying that this is almost equivalent to saying that a magical unicorn lives inside the iPhone.
The FBI wants Apple to help them create a backdoor which will help them break into the terrorist’s iPhone, while Apple has refused to do so. A south California magistrate has asked the company to do that, and Apple now has an oral argument scheduled for the 22nd of March to present their case.