Thursday, 25 February 2016

Going all the way...

It looks as though Apple is determined to go all the way with refusing to comply with the FBI.
Elsewhere, the New York Times reported that Apple had begun working on an upgrade to its devices which would make it impossible to break into an iPhone using the method proposed by the FBI in this case.
Unless they're lying, of course, but I doubt it.
The FBI has argued that Apple is overstating the security risk to its devices. FBI Director James Comey said Apple had the technical know-how to break into Farook's device only in a way that did not create a so-called "backdoor" into every Apple device.
When is a back door not a back door?  Ooh, ooh, I know that one! Never.  You can call it a window if you like, but burglars can still get in through it.

It's important that Apple is taking a stand on this, especially given Bill Gates' bizarre comments on the subject.  Surveillance creep is far too tempting for governments and security forces alike.
Let’s say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said ‘don’t make me cut this ribbon, because you’ll make me cut it many times.’
I think that says the opposite of what Gates intended.  Surely once you've cut the ribbon, you're done and can get at the whole disk?  Or to shake off Gates' terrible analogy, once the authorities can get at one record, they can get at them all.

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