Friday, 23 December 2016

Russia and Turkey Ask Apple To Help Unlock The iPhone Of The Guy Who Killed The Ambassador

You may have seen the video of the Russian ambassador to Turkey's assassination that quickly went viral . 

The Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty police officer in Ankara on 19th December when the ambassador was giving a speech at an art gallery. The shooter pretended to be the ambassador's official bodyguard and was later shot to death by Turkish special forces. 

After this  incident, Apple was asked to help unlock an iPhone  4S that was recovered from the shooter. I think this could  spark up another battle similar to the one between Apple and the FBI  earlier this year. 

Turkish and Russian authorities have asked Apple to help them bypass the PIN code on an iPhone 4S, which, the authorities believe, could assist them to investigate killer's links to various terrorist organizations. 

Apple is  likely to refuse the request but according to some sources , the Russian government is sending a team of experts to Turkey to help authorities unlock the iPhone. 

In the FBI case , Apple refused to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, saying that any backdoor it created would eventually end up falling into the wrong hands. 

The FBI paid about $3 million to a group of hackers to unlock that device but found nothing that could help them in the investigation. 

The man who killed the Ambassador on Monday was later identified as 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altıntas, an off-duty police officer who used his police ID to gain access to the Ankara art gallery where the ambassador was giving a speech. 

During the assassination, the shooter shouted "Don't forget Aleppo," and according to both Russian and Turkish authorities, the assassination was designed to destabilize the relationship between the two countries.

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