Apple has hired Signal app developer Fredric Jacobs to work on its CoreOS security team. He will be joining the company in summer. Jacobs had earlier spend two and half years with Whisper system, the company behind Signal secure messaging app being used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Signal has been applauded by cybersecurity community. Snowden used it’s for daily tweets. It was one of the few apps to receive top marks for security in EFF survey while Jonathan Zdziarski, security researcher has been cited in apple battle with FBI appreciated it to reveal nothing when put through its data excavation tools.
However, Jacob role in Apple is still unclear but it will be coming at a time when the firm is under major pressure. Apple has increased the security measure with its each major software release and news broke that company would be working to remove the present passcode-free recovery option from future iPhones and want to start encrypting iPhone backup on iCloud.
FBI wants to access data on the iPhone, but would not be able to do this. The company has identified itself as potential weak point in security process because FBI can compel to provide data. With regard to the present situation, FBI and Apple have expressed different opinion on this order. FBI director James Comey has denied wanting to make backdoor to all iPhones.
“We don’t want to break anyone’s encryption or set a master key loose on the land. I hope thoughtful people will take the time to understand that,” Comey stated.
“[A] master key to turn 100 million locks, even if in the possession of a person you trust, could be stolen,” the Apple CEO explained. “You can imagine the target on that piece. I’m not saying [that] the government would abuse it, but there are lots of bad guys in the world. Millions of people have [already] had their personal information stolen by hackers.”