Apple to the NSA - did they really give the NSA the middle finger?

Folks have their heads stuck up in the computing 'Cloud'

Recently, it has been in the news that The National Security Agency(NSA) and the nationial law enforcement agencies are concerned that the new Apple 6 smartphone with more manufacturers to follow is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt Spy Agency investigative abilities. Is this really so?

Apple states that "The phone encrypts emails, photos and contacts based on a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code created by, and unique to, the phones user and that Apple says it will not possess".

Ok, so when anyone demands that they hand over a persons private data, they will hand over gibberish. This gibberish is encrypted by a 6 character alphanumeric code that they say will take anyone 5 1/2 years to break if they had to try each and every combination. Really? Maybe for some script kiddie working off his or her PS3. Let me point out, that the NSA or anyone else with gigantamungous parallel processing computing resources wouldn't need to run a full 5 1/2 years cycle as your passcode may fall somewhere in the begining or end, and there is nothing to stop anyone from brute forcing in both directions or even partitioning it up from the middles. Does the term complex mathematical algorithm make you feel warn and secure? Apple would still have to hand over that complex equation at some point, it's not like it's a trade secret and I do believe some legal code somewhere says that 'encryption alogorithms' can't exit the U.S. without them being sanctioned and iPhone's are sold throughout the world, so I guess someone besides Apple already has it! Besides, Rainbow Tables will make easy work of that 6 character not so private key within minutes if not seconds!

I think Apple as well as other manufacturers are trying to position themselves in a favorable light with existing and potential customers, trying to circumvent legal hassles and at the same time satisfy the governments insatiable publicly funded urge to monitor everything. A Win-Win-Win wouldn't you say. And please do believe, Apple and many other manufacturers do know the power of the U.S. Government and other nation/State supercomputers. If any of these manufacturers are serious about people's privacy rights, and I don't believe they are, as DATA = $$$ && CONTROL - they should provide the private consumer with a 24 or more character key composed of all special and alphanumeric characters. At least that would add real years to cracking attempts. And for something really special, what about giving the customer an option to make any additional conceivable math function that only the customer would know which could be incorporated into that complex mathematical algorithm as a secondary input to the creation of the 24 character key. Now that would be something, not that it's un-crackable, it's just really hard - even for supercomputers. Everybody has the right to be secure in their documents. Maybe that's why a lot of folks want to keep Guantanamo open, if one can't break private passwords or private encryption, then break laws, bones and crush spirits?

Well, since more and more folks have their heads stuck up in the computing 'Cloud' these days, keep in mind that as they hand over your gibberish that can be cracked in minutes if not seconds, the general 'Cloud' is mainly unencrypted, as in NOT secured, unless you take the time to do it before it gets there. But, let's say Apple does encrypt your 'iCloud' data - well, they still hold the key to that don't they? You say you got a passcode on that 'iCloud' data? You mean another 6 character alphanumeric key? Uh Huh, Right!

So In answer to that original question about middle fingers - I think not.


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