Friday, February 19, 2016

Nuts and bolts about the Apple Case

Which will be the next step of Apple? And the FBI? We finish the week assisting to the duel of the year, which faces a respectable government against a respectable company. How will the battle finish? Today we change a little bit the philosophy of our daily sums and we focus only in one matter: the Apple rebellion against the order of a judge which forces the company to create a code to break one of their iPhones. Who is in favour, who is against it and what is the opinion of some of the best thinking heads of the technological revolution.

We start with a good sum about the reactions to the Apple letter. As we could expect, Silicon Valley supports the Apple, including Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Linkedin, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, etc. In the policy world, meanwhile the republicans join to the FBI, the democrats join to Apple, although we have to say that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were asked about this topic and they didn't answer.

Bruce: yes to Apple

"The Washington Post"  shows us the opinion of one of the world main cybersecurity analysts, Bruce Schneier, who says he is totally in favour of the Apple position and he argue his reasons, giving as always interesting elements for the discussion.

Pott: not to Apple

Meanwhile, on "The Register" another very good analysis is published, signed by Trevor Poot, who says: "Its devices should not have encryption vulnerable to an attack. If these devices are vulnerable to an attack, the the judge is within his rights to call on Apple to break that encryption".

We'll upgrade the passwords

Finally we highlight the contribution of the Edward Snowden friends on  "The Intercept": it's better not to wait to see who wins this battle but going to the action, upgrading our passwords in case of being iPhone owners. Our new passwords should be FBI proof, which according to "The Intercept" means that they should have at least 11 digits, which requires 253 years to break it with the computational power of the FBI.

We finish wishing you more space to recommend other interesting or funny contributions to the discussion, like the contribution of John McAffe ensuring he and his hackers can break the encryption in 3 days or he'll eat his shoe live in TV. We place to our readers to visit us this Sunday, when we'll publish a really interesting interview with the director of  SIC magazine, José de la Peña Muñoz.


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