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FBI - Apple "encryption" debate
blanston   3/26/2016 4:18:32 PM
It seems to me that everyone, literally everyone, is missing the point with respect to the Apple - FBI encryption debate. If encryption can be made unbreakable, and we're long since past proving that truism by several decades using any number of open source and mathematically proven secure algorithms, then the intent of the parties becomes irrelevant. If the issue is that the iPhone at hand is encrypted then no encryption effort in the history of time and space is going to reveal the phone's plain text. If, on the other hand, the issue is that the iPhone's iOS operating system has a protection mechanism that erases the phone's data after ten incrorrect attempts at unlocking the phone then this is not an "encryption" issue at all. In fact, in such a scenario, the phone's security would only offer a mere 10,000 PIN codes (0000 through 9999) which is hardly sufficient and pales in comparistion to the arbitrarily large encryption keys available in the "real" encryption world (imagine ten with ten thousand zeoes and then image ten thousand more zeroes and so on ad-infinitem.) Let's stop discussing this as a "keys to the castle" issue in which if the FBI gets to try 10,000 odd PIN codes without the phone erasing itself, encryption as we know it will cease to exist as we know it as some less informed technologists have suggested. Nothing would be further from the truth. Properly implemented encryption can and will remain unbreakably strong in our lifetimes (and likely a lot longer.) The key lies (no pun intended) in being able to generate an encryption key of unlimited (or sufficiently long) length and which MUST be known to decode the cipher text. So rest easy America. The NSA. FBI, nor even the encryption algorithm authors themselves will ever be able to break your properly implemented encryption. There is no slippery slope. I sleep well and you should too. Wayne Reses #wreses .

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rick merritt   3/2/2016 11:11:14 AM
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A copy of the FBI-Apple court order is here

A copy of Apple's appeal is here:



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