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    Default Manhattan District Attorney Says the iPhone is the "Device of Choice" for Terrorists


    In a conversation on the radio station WNYM/970 AM this past weekend, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called the iPhone “the terrorists” communication device of choice,” all of which was credited to the default disk encryption that is present in iOS 8. Vance further argued that because the issue hasn’t raised widespread attention, it’s up to the police to pressure politicians into undoing the encryption efforts of both Apple and Google. As of right now, Google hasn’t implemented default full-disk encryption in Android, likely because of various issues for the performance of the Nexus 6 with full-disk protection on.

    For those of you who didn’t know, the issue as a whole developed in the aftermath of leaks by former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, revealing mass surveillance programs that were often with the collusion of tech companies. The general concerns of both smartphone theft and hacking arose afterwards. With iOS 8’s encryption being so tough, Apple claims that it can’t help a law enforcement agency crack a device, which is something that law enforcement agencies aren’t too happy about.

    As a result, the issue as a whole has resulted in many complaints from several politicians and law enforcement officials, including US Attorney General, Eric Holder and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Some politicians and law enforcement officials are even arguing that companies such as Apple and Google should be forced to implement back doors for police and spy agencies, with the possibility that dire consequences could arise if there is no surveillance on-hand.

    We’ll have to see what happens regarding the matter.

    Source: The New York Post

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    Encryption should be the standard, not the exception.

    ......beware......
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    Yet he's probably using an iPhone and would want to be the exception to having a backdoor for spying.

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    That's all we need besides the patriot act. A back door for police. They listen to us enough.

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    256 bit AES encryption. Data protection is paramount. Well done apple

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    Didn't everyone know that the 'i' in iPhone stands for ISIS?

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    So now it's bad to have a secure device..that makes sense...
    Realistically, if there were a 'backdoor,' terrorist hackers would prolly use that for something even more malicious.

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    Yup the complaint is the same, we can't do our job.... Can you hand us the incriminating evidence on a silver platter mobile device makers.

    Yeah it would only be used in dire circumstances. We would never abuse it or spy our wives, girlfriends and so on. We just need more power is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
    So now it's bad to have a secure device..that makes sense...
    Realistically, if there were a 'backdoor,' terrorist hackers would prolly use that for something even more malicious.
    Of all the arguments for not providing a back door I think this has to be at the top. It's naive to think terrorists organizations don't have people that can hack with the best of 'em.

    Given the scandals regarding NSA misuse of surveillance the idea that we should be skeptical about a "just trust us" from surveillance organizations practically goes without saying nowadays.

    Interestingly, most people contend that the primary psychological objective of terrorism is to create mass fear. Calling an iPhone the smartphone of choice for terrorists seems like a provocative way of attempting to accomplish the same task

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    Quote Originally Posted by talkin73 View Post
    Of all the arguments for not providing a back door I think this has to be at the top. It's naive to think terrorists organizations don't have people that can hack with the best of 'em.

    Given the scandals regarding NSA misuse of surveillance the idea that we should be skeptical about a "just trust us" from surveillance organizations practically goes without saying nowadays.

    Interestingly, most people contend that the primary psychological objective of terrorism is to create mass fear. Calling an iPhone the smartphone of choice for terrorists seems like a provocative way of attempting to accomplish the same task
    There's no doubt they have hackers. And if Google/Apple provide a backdoor, that would become the most sought after target for ALL hackers, not just terrorists. To be able to gain control of any or every mobile device is huge in this day and age.

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    Lol...**** them...what Apple did was awesome
    Because am pretty sure that nobody want's to be spy'd by NSA or other "national security agency"


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