Anyone who thought the FBI couldn’t open that encrypted iPhone is pretty naïve. The FBI, NSA, and various other organizations that we’ve never heard of, can all open a locked iPhone. The iPhone designers and programmers are amazingly talented, even brilliant, but don’t think for a second there aren’t others out there who are even smarter, and more brilliant.
This locked iPhone debacle gave the federal government the opportunity it had been waiting for, a chance to create a backdoor into the iPhone.
As I mentioned above, the government has people who can crack an iPhone, but I’m sure there is a lot of red tape and rules involved, not to mention restrictions on who, what, where, and how these phones can be hacked. That makes governments sad.
But what if…what if they used this locked iPhone issue as a way to force Apple to create a permanent back door into to the iPhone?
How happy would the government be to take away some long cherished freedoms, and at the same time, pick up some additional backdoor action?
Instead of looking into the occasional iPhone one at a time, they could monitor them en masse. They could have the NSA set up a permanent monitoring facility like the one they already use to monitor texts and email.
They’d be able to monitor everyone’s iPhone, 24×7. How great would that be? Dick Cheney just had an orgasm.
I understand there are times when the federal government should be able to look into someone’s iPhone, but it should be done legally, and with a warrant. I understand the need to fight terrorism. But the fact is, the government was using this locked phone incident as a way to install a permanent monitoring system for all iPhone communication. And you know the Android devices would have been next.
For the majority of iPhone users, eavesdropping wouldn’t be a problem as they are law abiding citizens who have nothing more to offer the FBI or NSA than dick pics and selfies (although I’d pay big bucks to see what’s on Bill Clinton’s iPhone these days).
But there are undoubtedly a small number of iPhones being used for illegal activities, maybe even terrorism. The question is, do you take away everyone’s privacy just to monitor the handful of people who are doing the illegal things?
As a programmer, I think that privacy is always the number one concern. There is no reason the federal government has to monitor every iPhone. If they suspect someone is using a phone for illegal activities, they should get a warrant, and use their own people to break into the phone and examine it. Don’t expect Apple to create a backdoor for you and make it easy.
Kudos to Apple for refusing the request. It was the right thing to do.