The Apple vs. FBI True-False Quiz

| Editorial

Take this easy true/false quiz to figure out what's going on with the Apple, the FBI and smartphone encryption.

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1. If the iPhone is the favored smartphone of criminals and terrorists for security and privacy, then we should be using an Android phone instead for our banking and credit card purchases.

• True

• False

2. If Apple builds the "govtOS" that the FBI wants Apple to build, and defense attorneys are obligated to have a copy, (by the 6th Amendment), it will never be leaked because all defense attorney laptops and servers are impregnable.

• True

• False

3. If Apple resists building a backdoor into its iPhones for the sake of good security, then the U.S. Government should boycott Apple and switch to the purchase of less secure phones for their own use.

• True

• False

4. The San Bernardino iPhone might contain a horrific cyber pathogen, or worse, that could lead to massive destruction. So Apple should get on board.

• True

• False

5. No former head of the NSA or Homeland Security disagrees with the FBI.

• True

• False

6. Apple's most bitter competitors think Apple is wrong in this affair.

• True

• False

7. If criminals and terrorists use an iPhone because it's extremely secure and keeps data private, then if you use an iPhone, logically, you must be a terrorist also.

• True

• False

8. Support for Apple is waning, and the stock is in decline.

• True

• False

9. No other court, in a similar case, has found for Apple and scolded the government for overreach.

• True

• False

10. It's more important to take away rights than to grant rights because fighting terrorism on a any scale always trumps the U.S. Constitution on a grand scale and for all time.

• True

• False

How did you score?

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Comments

JustCause

When will we learn, the ends seldom justify the means.

MacFrogger

JustCause:  But but but…what if the cause is just?! 

Ha - JustKidding!

geoduck

I was listening to the BBC last night. They were talking with several reporters that have followed both the Washington and Technology beat. It was interesting how they said that everyone seems to know that there is unlikely to be anything of value on the phone. This is just the perfect case the FBI has been waiting for. They’ve wanted to apply the All Writs Act to phones for several years and this emotional case of a self styled jihadi killing a bunch of people is perfect for them to try to get the precedent set. Interestingly one of the reporters said that when she interviewed the current head of the FBI in his office she noticed a framed letter on his desk. When she asked about it he said it was a copy of the order for the FBI to infiltrate and spy on Martin Luther King.  “I keep it there to remind me how easy it is to do terrible things if we don’t stop and think.”

Too bad he apparently doesn’t take that to heart.

zewazir

There is one aspect of this entire issue that is really bugging me.  Let’s say Apple is forced by the courts to write the code that disables the auto-erase feature so they can use a hack to enter key codes until the San Bernardino unlocks and they have access to the iPhone content.  So, my question is, how does this new version of iOS get loaded on this locked down phone?  Doesn’t the user have unlock the iPhone and accept the iOS update before it will load and disable the erase feature so they can unlock it?

Lee Dronick

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