So the FBI claims to have hacked into the Farook/San Bernadino County iPhone, and perhaps they have.
It’s not exactly like they’re putting the details of what they did or did not get out there for public inspection; perhaps they didn’t actually get into the phone and they don’t want to walk around with that proverbial egg on their face.
They’ve got bigger fish to fry, any way you look at it, but the Feinstein sponsored anti-encryption legislation from two weeks ago makes me wonder what’s really going on with that phone. The way the whole thing was handled from the beginning did not look like the actions of a rational and sane law enforcement agency with anyone bearing an IQ over 100 in charge.
60 Minutes, the long running CBS docu-drama (oh, I miss Andy Rooney), gives a guy a new iPhone, has a hacker lab use System 7 to snag information from his phone number, and calls it an iPhone hack.
[Tweet “It’s a System 7 (mobile network) hack, not an iPhone hack, let’s be clear.”]
It would seem to me, and I’m not particularly well versed in these matters, that there is a bit of a conspiracy theorist’s dream going on when you add up all these pieces. In the same way that the EU badgered and hounded Microsoft a decade or so ago (and is about to do to Google over Android in the upcoming months), the US government seems to have made the choice to go after Apple.
Of course when Snapchat turns on end to end encryption (three weeks ago) and Microsoft sues the government (last week) for overreaching the legally allowed snooping they can do into mail accounts, the whole thing is just going bats**t crazy, since it’s almost like Facebook is daring the government to push back, and Microsoft is having a ‘me, too’ moment.
The US government desperately wants the information inside every device on the planet – regardless of who owns the device, what they might wish to do with the information, or any other de facto non factor in their desire to have a copy of all electronic communication that occurs every minute of every day.
We’ve spied on our friends (Merkel). We’ve spied on our enemies (N Korea, Iran, Cuba). We’ve spied on our own citizens (thank you, Edward Snowden, I’d give you a big sloppy kiss on the cheek if I could), and we continue to spy on anything that moves – and not just at the federal level, either. Now we have local law enforcement agencies spying on people too.
It’s so over the top that all this data collection can’t be helping anyone… no one has time to collate it or organize it into meaningful bits and bytes; nor do they have the wherewithal (or the inclination apparently) to redact and remove the bits they’re not actually authorized to have in their possession.
My personal opinion – NO GOVERNMENT, including our own, should have unfettered access to our data, for any reason. It’s a violation of our privacy, an intrusion into our lives, and not something the founding fathers would look upon with any kind of love in their hearts, either.
“Ah, but we can catch the bad guys…” is always the refrain, like a never ending harpy chorus that just keeps droning on and on and on and on.
Give it up. Go buy yourself some hackers and do what you will, but stop trying to legislate away my privacy and my neighbors privacy because you’re too lazy to do the actual work, or you don’t have anyone smart enough to figure it out. The one suspect that slips the noose because you didn’t have access to the information is the price we’re willing to pay, yes, even if it’s our loved ones that suffer for that slip.