On December 2, an Islamic couple — US-born Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik — attacked the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, killing 14 people and injuring more than two dozen. On February 16, a California judge ordered Apple to help the FBI break into the Farook's phone despite Apple's resistance.
"They are asking for a backdoor into the iPhone — specifically to build a software tool that can break the encryption system which protects personal information on every iPhone. As we have told them — and as we have told the American public — building that software tool would not affect just one iPhone. It would weaken the security for all of them," the testimony, obtained by The Washington Post, reads.
In mid-February, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a public letter that he would not comply with the California judge’s order. Apple's stance has been publicly supported by such tech giants as Google, Facebook and Twitter.