The court and the FBI are attempting to reinterpret a 227-year-old law called the All Writs Act to give the government "an open-ended source of new powers," wrote lawyers representing Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and other companies.
However, the FBI is asking the court to "endorse an unprecedented expansion of the act that would allow law enforcement to force private companies to circumvent security features that protect their customers' most sensitive information from hackers and criminals," according to the lawyers representing the tech companies.
At the request of the FBI, Pym ordered Apple to write new source code to defeat a password protection feature on an iPhone used by San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI wants Apple to disable the phone's security feature that erases its contents after 10 wrong password attempts and also to defeat the phone's time delay between password-entering attempts.
Without those security protections in place, the FBI could enter an unlimited number of passwords in a brute force attack and gain entry into the phone in a matter of hours.
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