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FBI Hacked Syed Farook’s iPhone & Apple Looks Bad

From NRO:

Apple then began a public campaign claiming that the government was trying to force it to create software to break into its phones. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this would put the security of all Apple users at risk. His company, he warned, would be required to write a program for the FBI that amounted to the “software equivalent of cancer.”

None of this was true.

Source: FBI Hacked Syed Farook’s iPhone & Apple Looks Bad

The Apple vs. FBI issue is fraught with political posturing and misinformation. The linked article paints Apple in a pretty negative light.

There are security issues that track back to dentistry and medicine.

According to HIPAA regulators we are required to keep dental records safe which is interpreted to mean encrypted.

The government in general and the FBI in particular want encryption”back doors” that allow them access to encrypted records. This seems perfectly reasonable when we are talking about an  obvious terrorist. But what about less than obvious? What if the “back door” gets into the hands of cyber criminals? If a cyber criminal has the backdoor then all our encrypted dental records are wide open to identity thieves.

But of course that won’t happen because the FBI (and the NSA, the CIA and your local police dept.) will keep it secret. Just like they kept the government employee data safe until millions of federal employees personal data was hacked by the Chinese.

If a “back door” exists we must assume it will sooner or later (probably sooner) end up in the hands of the bad guys.

But what about the terrorist planning the next Paris, Brussels or San Bernardino?

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