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    Apple’s refusal to unlock the iPhone of one of the terrorists that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California last December, is a marketing move and is not based on legal grounds, the US Department of Justice said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On February 16, a California judge ordered Apple to help the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers after the agency was unable to do so.

    "Apple appears to object based on a combination of a perceived negative impact on its reputation and marketing strategy…numerous mischaracterizations of the requirements of the order, and an incorrect understanding of [the law],’’ the prosecutors said Friday, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.

    On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a public letter that he would not comply with the order to help the FBI break into the phone. Cook said that the FBI had asked the company to build a new version of the iPhone operating system and software that would allow authorities to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession. The CEO explained that building such a back door would hand the equivalent of a "master key" to cyber criminals and bad actors that could potentially open "hundreds of millions" of locks.

    On December 2, a radical Islamic couple US-born Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino killing 14 people and injuring at least 20 others.

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