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Apple Employees Might Quit Rather Than Break iOS Encryption

Category: General News
Posted: 04:18PM

In the ongoing saga of Apple vs. the United States government over breaking iOS encryption to access the personal data of the San Bernardino shooters there is a new twist coming from the Apple side. According to "more than a half-dozen" statements from current and former employees, the engineers that might be tasked with the work "may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created." Apple lawyers have argued that forcing employees to break the encryption "is fundamentally offensive to Apple’s core principles and would pose a severe threat to the autonomy of Apple and its engineers." It is believed that it would take six to ten engineers up to a month to complete the work, though it was noted that any push back from those chosen would further delay the work. While no team has been put together, employees talked to for the article have suspicions that "include an engineer who developed software for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. That engineer previously worked at an aerospace company. Another is a senior quality-assurance engineer who is described as an expert “bug catcher” with experience testing Apple products all the way back to the iPod. A third likely employee specializes in security architecture for the operating systems powering the iPhone, Mac and Apple TV."

Source: NY Times

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