Tim Cook: Let’s Talk about Privacy, not Strip it Away

9:38 AM, Feb. 22nd, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple wants a discussion on technology and privacy

The debate around whether or not Apple should be forced to strip security features out of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone rages on with CEO Tim Cook calling for a commission to discuss technology, security, privacy, and law enforcement. Mr. Cook's proposal is Apple's latest salvo following a Federal court order compelling Apple to create the tools the FBI needs to hack into an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last December's San Bernardino terrorist attack—and that sounds far more level headed than rushing down a one way path that strips away our privacy and national security.

San Bernardino Health Department Changed Terrorists’s iCloud Password at FBI Request

6:06 PM, Feb. 20th, 2016 · · Analysis

Not My Fault on a Chalkboard

The San Bernardino Health Department said in a tweet that the iCloud account used by Syed Rizwan Farook was reset at the request of the FBI. On Friday, court documents and statements from Apple revealed that the iCloud account had been reset 24 hours after the FBI seized an iPhone used by Syed Farook after he and his wife killed 14 people in an act of terror.

Apple Worked with FBI to Access Terrorists’s iPhone Since Early January

1:09 AM, Feb. 20th, 2016 · · Analysis

iPhone with an FBI Watcher

Apple offered the FBI four different options for recovering data on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the terrorists involved in an attack in San Bernardino, CA, in December. None of those methods involved Apple creating a backdoor into iOS as ordered by a federal court this week. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Donald Trump Calls on America to Boycott Apple Because Terrorism

8:02 PM, Feb. 19th, 2016 · · Analysis

Donald Trump

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has called on America to boycott Apple until the company helps the FBI break into the phone of a dead terrorist. Mr. Trump has been vocal in his belief that Apple should create a backdoor into iOS that the FBI could then use access an iPhone found on the terrorists behind an attack San Bernardino, CA, in December of 2015.

In 3-2 Vote, FCC Moves Ahead With Proposal to Change the Set-top Box Game

2:45 PM, Feb. 18th, 2016 · · Analysis

FCC Proposal for Set-top boxes

Back in January, the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a rule that would allow cable and satellite TV customers to use any set-top box they want, not just the one provided to them. The proposal immediately fell under attack from the industry, claiming this would (somehow) reduce innovation. Today, in a 3-2 vote, the FCC will proceed with the process that includes the public comment period.

The Government’s Bad Move: Ordering Apple to Hack iPhone Security

4:22 PM, Feb. 17th, 2016 · · Analysis

A Federal court says Apple has to make a hackable version of iOS for the FBI

A Federal Judge has ordered Apple to create a security weakness in iOS so FBI agents can launch a brute force attack on the passcode from an iPhone used by one of last year's San Bernardino shooters. The FBI says their scheme would be a one-off thing, but Apple says it'll open a hole that greatly reduces the security and privacy protections built into our iOS devices, and he's right.

Why You Can Use Modern SSDs for Apple Time Machine Backups

3:55 PM, Feb. 17th, 2016 · · Analysis

SSDs and Apple's Time Machine

In last Friday's Particle Debris column, John Martellaro talked about his project to gradually replace his spinning hard disks with external SSDs. In this follow up article, he explains why that will indeed work but also delves into some of the technical issues. 

Apple: Error 53 is About Security, not Bricking iPhones

10:16 AM, Feb. 8th, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple says Error 53 is about security, not cutting out repair centers

Error 53 has taken the Internet by storm and is being tossed around as an example of how Apple is trying to screw iPhone users. The error can appear after the Touch ID sensor is replaced without following the proper procedure, which leaves the iPhone unusable. Apple says that's part of keeping our personal data—and fingerprints—secure.