I was just sent a post about a topic that I’ve thought about a lot recently. Basically, how secure is too secure? With the recent news that Pakistan may or may not be shutting down BES within it’s borders, it did make me pause a moment and think about it. Really, how secure is too secure? We all want secure communications, we do not want Big Brother listening to everything we say or do. But do I want Terrorist Number One and Terrorist Number Two to be found out before they commit their diabolical scheme? Of course I do.
Well this is a topic that could be discussed at length, and this isn’t the post we will be discussing it in. It’s Saturday, and I’d much prefer something fun. But if anyone would like to talk about it, I started a forum thread here, come chat with us.
So on to the fun. Apple Insider did a post, “Apple could be held liable for supporting terrorism with strong iOS encryption, experts theorize” The title pretty much speaks for itself. And here’s the comedy. Secure communications and the risks that they may or may not add in today’s day and age, is a serious topic, and a topic that the iPhone really has no business being discussed in. Apparently Apple Insider, even though they are an Apple centric blog, has chosen to forget just how not secure the iPhone is. They seem to have forgotten about Dropout Jeep. They seem to have ignored the fact that the iPhone has more vulnerabilities than the other main three platforms combined. As they looked at their favorite starlets in compromised positions, they ignored the fact that these photos came from iCloud.
Yes, Apple Insider drinks the Apple juice. As they’re a site devoted to Apple, I suppose this is to be expected. Although, I would assume that they would avoid stories like this instead of repeat them. I mean, they are concerned about credibility right? Right?? Oh.
Well let’s look at the readers. Readers are quick to point out mistakes, flaws, or errors. We have Anthony for that here. So I begin skimming the 100+ comments. (hey Team UTB, why don’t we have 100 comments? Because you’re all on the channel? Well get your tails over here!)
Lawyers and neocons unite in scaremongering American firms to make your electronic devices less secure. How lovely.
Or a preemptive argument for why the next iPhone hack occurred?
If Apple can be held liable for making iPhones, why shouldn’t the gun manufacturers be held liable for making the guns that domestic terrorists are using to shoot up our schools and malls?
iPhones don’t kill people, iPhones make them stupid.
Idiots and ambulance chasers.
We spell it iDiots around here.
Impenetrable physical locks and safes could be a problem for manufacturers too.
I’m surprised his predictive text on his iPhone didn’t make this comment much more fun.
At some point I’m hoping the stupid reaches critical mass and implodes.
iPhone is the world’s most popular phone. Critical mass achieved
I don’t think Apple would be opposed to turning off a user’s account if issued a legal demand by the US government. Problem solved!
Actually, turning things off is Apple’s method of fixing iOS bugs.
As proven by the recent hacks into United Airlines, our safety is actually better served by enhancing our security and encryption, not restricting it.
He needs a BlackBerry.
Clothing manufacturers, too. They help conceal weapons.
Exactly, nude is the way to go. Who’s with me? Where’d everyone go?
You guys. Apple is not liable. They excluded themselves in paragraph 1523 of iTunes Store terms and conditions. If the terrorists click “I Accept” that means they read it. Boom. Done. Not liable.
Love this comment. Perfect as is.
Does not google tout end to end encryption as well? apple is not the only one doing this.
There’s really only one company that has proven to provide this. And it ain’t Apple or Google.
Google is different in that it more often still holds the encryption keys to user data sitting on its servers. This allows Google to rifle through user data whenever it desires and share the data with authorities (or partners), in situations where Apple has no knowledge of the user data and is powerless to share. Apple Pay vs. Android Pay are the latest areas of contrast, in which Apple has no knowledge of what the user buys but Google knows it all.
Funny how Apple will be tailoring ads to you based on what you can afford. You just keep believing they’re not tracking you, as they are.
How ridiculous. Perhaps governments should start using iOS to make their own shit a little bit more secure
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I mean phones don’t terrorize, people do
Having to plug your phone in every three hours? True terror
My first question would be “what did authorities do to try to stop this without resorting to needing iPhone data”, cause they didn’t have it for years and they still managed to hunt criminals etc down
They have it. They’ve always had it.
This is an article about a blog about another blog baselessly speculating about what the US Government might choose to do in the future. It has no purpose other than to attract page hits by playing on the widespread paranoia that developed after Snowden’s disclosures.
And this was a blog about another blog about another blog with the purpose of laughing at the idea that iPhone users really believe their phones are secure.
Thanks for the share @jameshjacksonjr. That was fun.