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U.S. Justice Department Has Filed A Motion To Force Apple To Crack Terrorist's iPhone

U.S. Justice Department Has Filed A Motion To Force Apple To Crack Terrorist's iPhone

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)'s CEO Tim Cook had a simple message to the U.S. Justice Department when asked to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists: back off.

The U.S. Justice Department responded on Friday and is filing a motion to compel the company to crack the terrorist's iPhone.

CNBC reported that the U.S. government's order would only apply to the one iPhone in question. Nevertheless, Apple's position likely remains the same: that it can not and will not willingly participate in any activity that jeopardizes the privacy and security of its iPhone users.

Related Link: Mark Cuban On Apple's FBI Denial: "Amen. A Standing Ovation"

CNBC added that Apple's opposition to the motion is due February 26 and a hearing is set for March 22 in California.

Shares of Apple appear to be unaffected by the headlines and were trading lower by 0.15 percent at $96.12 with less than one hour remaining in Friday's trading session.

Image Credit: By Kindly granted by Valery Marchive (LeMagIT) (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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