Apple security potentially threatened by UK government
Thread poster: Tom in London
Tom in London United Kingdom Local time: 15:53 Member (2008) Italian to English
Dec 22, 2015
Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, told the Daily Telegraph that the UK government’s investigatory powers bill, currently going through the scrutiny process, could have “very dire consequences”.
He said: “We believe very strongly in end-to-end encryption and no back doors. We don’t think people want us to read their messages. We don’t feel we have the right to read their emails.
“Any back door is a back door for everyone,” he added. “Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a back door can have very dire consequences.”
The punchline is that one of the two backdoors in question, "Dual-EC", was originally created by the NSA - rather effectively demonstrating Apple's point about backdoors backfiring so easily! Slightly embarrassing for the FBI and Department of Defense to have their network security compromised by the NSA's own attempts to sabotage others...
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