Should Apple Make Your Iphone Easier To Hack Or Nah?

Should Apple Make Your Iphone Easier To Hack Or Nah?

I was walking in the Mall earlier when I saw this story pop up on the news monitor in the Mall.

I wondered what it was about and came across a very interesting story. A few weeks ago there was a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.  At least one of the perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, had an iPhone and this is where the current story begins.

The FBI want Apple to unlock the iPhone of the shooter as that they can glean more information about the attack. Apple say they won’t do and that they can’t do it and their reasoning is simple. They would have to compromise the security of the device and they say they can’t do this.

Now for non iPhone users, let’s break this down a bit more. There is a feature on the iPhone which basically can wipe the phone if the incorrect password is entered more than 10 times and herein lies the problem. With a 6 figure passcode, according to my shaky maths, there could be a million probable passwords. The FBI do have technology which can bulldozed its way past passwords by rapidly entering millions of possible lock codes, but with only 10 attempts allowed, its highly probable that the phone would wipe itself.

So what should Apple do? Is the greater good more important than the security of it’s consumers? Tim Cook doesn’t think so

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And this is where the lines get blurred. In a fickle market space, will Apple’s actions be seen to be heroic at best, or supporting terrorism at worst. Many giants in the tech field have tweeted support for Apple’s stance. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai being one of them. Donald Trump, however, doesn’t.

As an Apple user, I love the iPhone for it’s simplicity. It just works and its simple, yet super effective, security is for me one of its key features. Do I want to see this compromised? No. On the other hand do I want the law enforcement agencies to be assisted in the fight against terrorism. Yes I do. It’s a tricky one.

Where do you stand? I’d love to see your comments.

Jedi Master T

February 18th, 2016

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