"Short-term thinking is the greatest enemy of good government" -Anthony Albanese
A California federal magistrate has ordered Apple to provide software that will allow federal investigators to release data contained in the iPhone 5C of Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with his wife, was behind the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook refused.
What the news outlets want you to believe
Apple is not concerned with national security OR the Federal Government is, once again, overreaching its authority.
What the FBI wants you to believe
All the government is asking is for Apple to release the data and Apple's non-compliance with this seemingly simple request is downright un-American… or worse: anti-American!
"We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone."
So there you have it - build a backdoor to the iPhone? WHAT?!?! How bad can that be?
Apple has long been revered as better than the competition when it comes to Security on their devices and with their apps… until recently. Last year, an analysis of 1,612 of the most popular Mac apps and 200 iOS apps found more than 88.6% of the kit using flawed pieces of the operating systems were exposed to the XARA attacks, making all sorts of data available to willing hackers.
If you think that's an isolated incident, Google "Apple Security Issues." There are too many to mention in a blog.
So how bad can it be for Apple to create a backdoor to its own device? Or, even further, to issue a new IOS that has this new feature embedded?
I would liken it to asking any manufacturer, struggling to seal the holes in an already-leaking boat, to willfully put a few more holes in it. Once a backdoor is created, which is really the issue at hand, the security risk grows exponentially.
Further, if Apple can be forced to issue a new OS, Android can't be far behind; and there are far more Android devices than Apple devices.
So is there another way for all parties to get what they want? Well, Apple and the FBI were working together to unlock the necessary data on Farook's phone until the unusual request hits the news out of nowhere.
So why is this still in the news? What do you think?