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Apple vs. The FBI
This one was just unbelievable to me. In case you haven’t been watching the news lately a Federal Judge ordered Apple to engineer new security flaws into the iPhone software to make it easier for the FBI to get information that is stored on the device. Apple told them no!
Number one, we proceed from a false premise. The iPhone is not impregnable, it’s not even close. It is slightly more secure than the Android devices and slightly less secure than the Windows phone but these and others including Symbian and Blackberry can be hacked!
And it is no secret either. Law enforcement, detectives and private investigators in this country and abroad do it every day. A whole industry exists to provide these services. A simple Google search for Mobile Device Forensics will provide enough research material to keep you reading for a week. The National Institute of Standards and Testing, (NIST) even has guidelines for testing and evaluating these tools.
Companies like Cellebrite, Teel Technologies, Phone Forensics, just to name a few, will provide you with the hardware, software, training to extract data and cloud based information from these devices. They will even provide the services and do it for you. Cellebrite, which has been in this business since 1999, even has a contract to provide their services to the FBI!
All it takes is money. OK so you have to buy up twenty grand worth of equipment that is only good for one thing and goes obsolete faster than teenage fashions. But on a case like this that is nothing. It wouldn’t even pay for the lawyers bar tab.
What is wrong with these people? Particularly the “Investigative Reporters” who don’t seem aware of any of this. And who is in charge at the FBI where the left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right hand is doing. The people who broke Watergate can’t seem to find a multibillion dollar industry right in their own back yard. Who, if anyone, is running these organizations?
And then at the last moment the FBI dropped the case. They finally got the information they needed and without any help from Apple. What took you guys so long?
I am solidly behind Apple on this one.
I may even go so far as to buy one of their overpriced toys just to help support them. It is Apple’s job to make the device as secure as they can. It is the job of others to crack that security.
The lesson in all of this is ...
...never put anything on your phone that you don’t want to share with ten million other people. Pictures, music, documents and personal information can be extracted if your phone gets into the wrong hands. And it seems that the people we trusted in the past are totally incompetent now. Once the data it is out there on the web there is no chance of pulling it back again!
And as always with any important data remember to make a back up!
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