Sunday, February 21, 2016

Apple vs. FBI

JOHN MCAFEE: I'll decrypt the San Bernardino iPhone

"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."
The insane life of former fugitive and eccentric cybersecurity legend John McAfee

CNBC interviewed McAfee.   He makes a critical point: The FBI is not asking for a way to get the information on a locked and encrypted iPhone.  It is asking specifically for a back door to the iPhone as a way to get it.  McAfee is offering the FBI a way to get it without a back door.  

Video of the Day – John McAfee Proclaims “An Apple Backdoor is the End of America”

"Apple could have recovered information from the phone had the Apple ID passcode not been changed under orders from the FBI, Apple said. If the phone was taken to a location where it recognized the Wi-Fi network, such as the San Bernardino shooters’ home, it could have easily been backed up to the cloud. The FBI then lied about whose incompetence lead to the mistake.

"In other words, while the FBI is demanding massive changes in how Apple protects your privacy, none of those change would even be necessary if anyone on the government side understood how iCloud works. And these guys want us to believe we can trust them with our data, and indeed, our freedom."

San Bernardino Shooter’s Apple Password Changed While in Government Possession
Peter Van Buren, February 22, 2016

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