The Apple Fight Isn't About Encryption

Tech giant's refusal to cooperate exposes a weakness.

What is on Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone?

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The most striking aspect of Apple's message to customers on Tuesday wasn't the rejection of U.S. authorities' demand that the company help them break the encryption of an iPhone owned by Syed Rizwan Farook, who was involved in the murders of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last year. It was Apple's admission that it has the technological capacity to help, despite previous statements to the contrary.

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