Many of you have seen the news about the Federal Government telling Apple that they must develop a back door to allow them to access the Apple iPhone of the San Bernardino Shooters. If you haven’t read about it, here is a link to the letter from Apple, link. Some will say that not complying with the court order is unpatriotic and a threat to national security. Others will say that it is a violation of privacy.
I agree with Apple on this one. If this backdoor was created, it would be used across all Apple Products (if you’re unfamiliar with back doors, click here). So, whats the big deal? The big deal is that this backdoor can be exploited by anyone, not just court ordered requests by the FBI or NSA (if they even get a warrant). This means hackers could use this backdoor to grab data, images, videos, emails and so forth from your phone.
Think I’m crazy? Of course you do. Well, let me explain some back doors that have caused issues in the past. Have you ever heard of lawful intercept? This is a program designed by telecom companies to allow government agencies to wiretap phone calls. In 2004, this was exploited by hackers (most likely US Intel agencies) to listen into Greek Government officials phone calls, link.
Also, let us not forget that some agencies are beginning to purchase devices that can copy all of your cell phone’s data in minutes. Now-a-days, cell phones are not just for phone calls. They are more complex than the computers used to send men to the moon. Smartphones allow for people to carry all of their private data with them at all times. This includes, but not limited to; pictures, bank records, emails, texts, documents, and so forth. The 4th amendment should protect us from this as “paper” has been replaced with electronic, but this does not seem to be the case.
Before you judge me (again) as some crazy, anti-establishment person, let me tell you that I’m all for security of this great nation. I will do anything to protect my country, my fellow Americans and have sacrificed for my country and community many times over. I just agree with the words of Ben Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” It’s not that I don’t agree with helping out, I just don’t want easy technology to be exploitable by the wrong people, be it a foreign state or a hacker group, or used unlawfully in anyway. Just my two cents.
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