Cyber Security Expert on Apple’s Actions

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It’s an ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI, as the Bureau has continued it’s pursuit for a Court Order for Apple to allow access to a single iPhone.

Anthony Martino, The Director of the Northeast Cybersecurity and Forensics Center at Utica College says,
“I honestly think that the majority of the citizens don’t realize what the argument really is here. And Apple is spinning it in a way that benefits them.”

Anthony Martino, spent years in law enforcement as a cyber security expert, and says Apple’s thinly veiled support to their customers for their privacy is only to support their sales.

“No tech company wants to have the appearance that they’re weak on privacy or weak on security, but it’s also about the bottom line”, adds Martino.
“Assisting law enforcement is a costly expense. It’s manpower intensive, it’s resource intensive, and if you can simply absolve yourself of the need to do that, it costs you less money.”

But events in San Bernardino could be the tipping point towards a potential case in the Supreme Court.

Martino adds, “Are we going to force someone like Apple, and I’m sure next week it’s going to be Google, to comply with the Fourth Amendment as it’s written. Because as it’s written it says that the Government can compel exceptions to the Fourth Amendment. And if as a country, as a citizenry we don’t want to see that or we see otherwise, than that’s really an argument to modifications to the Constitution.”

Bill Gates has recently come to the defense of the FBI.
And in terms of how difficult it is to unlock: for a 256-bit encryption for an iPhone, those bits can provide trillions of patterns, making it virtually impossible to guess, even for a computer.

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