And on the Gripping Hand…

yeah, just go with it

Hand One:

Apple has a responsibility to protect customers’ data and privacy, Cook said, adding that Apple “will not shrink from that responsibility.”

Hand Teh Other:

Justice Department on Monday convinced a federal court to cancel a Tuesday hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help the FBI break into the device.

…”On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone,” federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday afternoon.

My. That’s …convenient.

The timing is …fortuitous.
The solution almost …diplomatic.

Because a long and public battle between a Big Large Cap, worldwide business and the FBI/DoJ over a basic principle of Individual Privacy would be … uncoooomfortable for …many.

It could almost be the ideal solution to a sticky problem.
Ideal for some.


  1. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm |

    I hope Apple sues the bejeezus out’a whoever’s gonna hack ‘em,
    then they file a criminal complaint against the DoJ for, oh, I dunno, sumpthin’ long and stinky.

  2. Fawkes News (Choose Cruz or Lose)
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 6:00 am |

    Couldn’t they have just asked the NSA?

  3. Fawkes News (Choose Cruz or Lose)
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 6:02 am |

    ^ Oh, wait. My bad. Farook wasn’t a Tea Partier.

  4. mech
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 7:57 am |

    A small modification to the isisOS.
    On a phone that belongs to the terrorists former employer.
    No Problem.

    What would Jack Bauer do?

  5. mojo
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 8:43 am |

    If true, also a good reason not to buy an iPhone.

  6. rickn8or
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 10:00 am |

    “Never mind about this one phone; we’ve found a way to hack everybody’s phone.”

  7. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm |

    I must be missing something.
    I agree with Apple that the FBI or anyone else, least of all anyone in the Feral Gummint, should have a master key for all their phones.

    OTOH, if a judge issues a warrant for one specific phone or phones owned by one specific entity involved in a criminal act, why can’t Apple, not the gummint, unlock that one phone and still keep the master key? All the FBI gets is the content of the phone, not the key or the software.

    Is this actually a ploy by the FBI under guise of antiterrorism to spy on everyone without a warrant?
    Why won’t they be satisfied with the contents of that one phone?

  8. Maxredline
    Posted March 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm |

    An Israeli company has been selling that hack for the past year – it loads their version of iOS onto the phone without disturbing present hardware/software. When the phone is rebooted, you have access to everything on it.

  9. Posted March 23, 2016 at 8:26 am |


    The FBI’s position was bullshit. They could have broken that phone at any time by going to a third party … a six digit code is easy to crack, provided you embed the memory in a device that doesn’t erase it after ten password fails.

    Breaking in just requires wanting to get in enough to spend a few hundred thousand dollars.

    The FBI wanted Apple to give them a tool that would let any cop break into any phone easily at any time. Apple said bite me, and their software engineers have stated that they will quit Apple before they work on any such backdoor.

    A back door for the FBI into any phone is what this is about. They are still butthurt over Apple deciding to encrypt by default, and put an end to their “copy all phones on detention” game.

  10. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm |

    Stilton put up a nice twofer, today.