Jeff Stahler for March 04, 2016

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    Flash Gordon  about 8 years ago

    No. Give me ten million dollars and a free college educationall the way through PHD and I’ll do it. Otherwise no deal.

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    Darsan54 Premium Member about 8 years ago

    Now, this is actually funny.

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    cjr53  about 8 years ago

    It is unlikely they will find anything on the IPhone that wasn’t already dissected from the iCloud back up of the phone.-Plus, someone had to have had password access to the phone in order to have changed it’s password while it was in the possession of the police or FBI.—

    In order to apply a software patch to the iPhone, one must be able to access the phone in the first place. The new password someone other than this shooter put on the phone would be helpful in accomplishing that.

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    cjr53  about 8 years ago

    So, instead of finding out who changed the password, they go after the bigger prize of being able to unlock ANY iPhone.

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    Zen-of-Zinfandel  about 8 years ago

    Moderately silly – Deep Throat confronts Dennis the Menace.

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    Theodore E. Lind Premium Member about 8 years ago

    The one chink in the IPhone’s armor is that Apple can update the operating system while the phone is locked. They would have to craft a special operating system that removed the ten try password deletion process and then also provide a method to let an external computer try passwords without the normal time delay.

    The real issue should the government be able to compel a company to work for them and develop new software and hardware on demand. Remember there are thousands of other phones the government wants decoded. Also they want to be able to look at the hundreds of millions of phones out there in their hunt for a couple to terrorists.

    Then you have the issue of foreign governments wanting the same thing go hunt down dissidents.

    It is mainly a debate about should any personal privacy be allowed or does the government have the right to everything. I have nothing to hide but I really would not want the government and local law enforcement to be able to poke around in my phone when ever they have the urge to do so.

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    superposition  about 8 years ago

    It seems that the FBI wants Apple to provide a way to bypass the hardware encryption, which still could be futile if the data copied to the phone were already encrypted." … For example, according to Apple documentation, a brute-force attack on a device that uses a nine-digit numerical passcode will take 2.5 years to try all possible combinations, in part because iOS enforces escalating time delays to help discourage such attacks. On the other hand, a six-character passcode that mixes numbers and lowercase letters will take 5.5 years. As you would expect, a four-digit numerical passcode should take no time at all. Of course, if users set their devices to be automatically wiped after 10 failed attempts, the number of tries is not an issue (unless the passcode can be discovered within those 10 attempts). Even if a hacker were able to jailbreak a device and bypass the passcode, the data would still be inaccessible because the hacker would not know the passcode. …"http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/tip/How-iOS-encryption-and-data-protection-work

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    dflak  about 8 years ago

    It comes down to this: Does the government have the right to ask for the data? Yes. There is probable cause and a warrant.

    If this was simply a matter of handing over a key to a safety deposit box or handing over an existing phone record, then Apple should comply.

    However, the government is asking for technology that doesn’t exist. Apple is under no contractual obligation with the government to develop new technology.

    So there are two courses of action: Apple could enter into a contract with the government and be compensated for developing the technology, but contrary to other government contracts, the government doesn’t get the technology. The government gets only the decoded information.

    The problem with this is that it is much easier to break a code if you have both the encoded text and the clear text. Having both can reveal the encryption method as well.

    The other option is that Apple refuses to develop the technology. This gives the government an incentive to try it on their own. My fear is that they just might succeed. Then this weapon is in the hands of an organization with the maturity of a three-year-old.

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    pam Miner  about 8 years ago

    I hope they can’t make Apple compromise the iPhone.That would definitly be done more in more cases for any reason.

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    superposition  about 8 years ago

    http://boingboing.net/tag/code-is-speech

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