We've all heard the story in the news about the San Bernadino iPhone. As many of our clients have asked me to voice my opinion, I felt the need to start this Blog on our business webpage.
Let me first say that I understand both sides of the street here. If unlocking the iPhone sheds light into discovering motives or other potential terrorists it could save lives. The problem is the US Government, or any governing body for that matter should not be given access to "backdoors" for spying. It takes one wrong move of an employee who has access to this information for it to be leaked to the Interwebs. Data breech in the US Government?
"No they [US Government] wouldn't let this happen"...
July 2015 Social Security Numbers Compromised:
February 2014 White House, National Weather Service and US Department of State Hacked
"Systems at the US Department of State, the National Weather Service, and the White House were hit earlier this year in a series of near back-to-back attacks that prompted some concern over the resilience of federal networks to modern cyber attacks. The attack on the Weather Service affected four websites and caused a temporary disruption in the delivery of satellite data used globally by the aviation industry, shipping companies, and others. Both the State Department and the White House said the attacks only affected non-classified portions of their networks. The White House incident prompted temporary loss of network connectivity and system outages for staff at the executive office. Security researchers described the attacks as appearing to be the work of state-sponsored groups in China."
I could go on and reference others, but I won't fill this blog with the over 30 instances within 20 years that I could find by doing a simple Google search. What I am getting at is it's happened before and it can happen again. No system is completely secure from hacking, simply put. But when backdoors are purposely put into a system it makes it easier for hackers to find other vulnerabilities by studying the existing backdoor programming code.
”He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
When a company provides its end users with encryption it is to protect them! It is up to the end user to decide what's worth encrypting. Maybe its stored User Names and Passwords to commonly used websites like FaceBook or Netflix. Maybe a company wants to protect sensitive e-mails that contain developing products or potential patents. It doesn’t really matter.
I for one stand with Apple and hope they stick to their guns. What the public is not being made aware of is Apple is happy to provide to the government any content of iCloud backups if the proper legal paper is attached. So privacy aside all the government has to do is provide a warrant for the information and Apple would comply. What the government wants is the ability to break into any iPhone with a backdoor made special for their use. With the right tools government agencies could retrieve data from your phone as long as they can place their hands on it for a few minutes. If this backdoor was provided to local law enforcement your phone could be unlocked and data copied while you’re being placed in a local jail before you’re even taken to court. This is simply a violation of privacy. If you want to protect your data you should have that right without it being infringed. If you want to make you data public post it on Social Media for the world to see.