As U.S. law enforcement escalates its battle to keep criminals from concealing their communication on digital devices or “going dark,” Apple CEO Tim Cook is digging in his heels in resisting government directives to support their investigations. A federal judge in California on Tuesday ordered Apple to step up efforts to help the FBI search the locked iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with wife Tashfeen Malik, is suspected of a mass shooting at a December 2 holiday party last year in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people and injured 22. Cook quickly countered the court action with an open letter posted to his company’s site suggesting that the FBI’s request could open a Pandora’s box that undermines security on all iPhones.
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