When oppressive governments decide the tipping point is at hand – it’s when they realize they can get away with it.
This is the beginning of the end of the US as a world power.
What’s that phrase – never let a good crisis go by?
Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
Remember the Boston Marathon bombing when because there were two Chechen terrorists on the loose it became okay to bust down doors and confiscate guns all of a sudden?
Remember 9-11 when it suddenly became okay to record your phone calls, read your email, collect your information, track your whereabouts with absolutely no restrictions? Then lie about it. Then go on doing it?
Remember the Beer Hall Putsch? It’s always a disaster that starts things going bad.
So now Apple is being threatened by OUR government to “build a backdoor” to the iPhone so the Attorney General’s office can get what’s off the San Bernadino shooter’s phone…
Except there’s one thing… they can get all your stuff off your iPhone too. In spite of the FBI’s claim that it would protect the back door, we all know that’s impossible.
I’m shocked that Apple is sticking up for Americans in this case.. at least I think they are.
It has finally come to this. After years of arguments by virtually every industry specialist that back doors will be a bigger boon to hackers and to our nation’s enemies than publishing our nuclear codes and giving the keys to all of our military weapons to the Russians and the Chinese, our government has chosen, once again, not to listen to the minds that have created the glue that holds this world together.
The government has ordered a disarmament of our already ancient cybersecurity and cyberdefense systems, and it is asking us to take a walk into that near horizon where cyberwar is unquestionably waiting, with nothing more than harsh words as a weapon and the hope that our enemies will take pity at our unarmed condition and treat us fairly.
Any student of world history will tell you that this is a dream. Would Hitler have stopped invading Poland if the Polish people had sweetly asked him not to do so? Those who think yes should stand strongly by Hillary Clinton’s side, whose cybersecurity platform includes negotiating with the Chinese so they will no longer launch cyberattacks against us.
The FBI, in a laughable and bizarre twist of logic, said the back door would be used only once and only in the San Bernardino case.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, replied:
The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.
The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals. The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe.
Now, Cybersecurity expert John McAfee (yeah, that McAfee you can’t get OFF your computer) – who is running for president under the Libertarian Party banner says he’ll hack into the phone in question for free – get all the info from the (dead) terrorists and Apple doesn’t have to build the backdoor. Bob’s your Uncle.
McAfee: “I work with a team of the best hackers on the planet. These hackers attend Defcon in Las Vegas, and they are legends in their local hacking groups, such as HackMiami. They are all prodigies, with talents that defy normal human comprehension. About 75% are social engineers. The remainder are hardcore coders. I would eat my shoe on the Neil Cavuto show if we could not break the encryption on the San Bernardino phone. This is a pure and simple fact.
I ask you – why do the best hackers on the planet not work for the FBI? Because the FBI will not hire anyone with a 24-inch purple mohawk, 10-gauge ear piercings, and a tattooed face who demands to smoke weed while working and won’t work for less than a half-million dollars a year.
So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering, and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America.
If you doubt my credentials, Google “cybersecurity legend” and see whose name is the only name that appears in the first 10 results out of more than a quarter of a million.
Don’t know about you, but I feel safer all ready..
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