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Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Source: Business Insider

Date: February 19th, 2016

Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-ill-decrypt-san-bernardino-phone-for-free-2016-2

Discussion

1) The article starts with the phrase “the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone.”  The U.S. government, through the Department of Justice, has stated this differently:  They are ordering Apple to decrypt this one specific phone.  Discuss whether or not these two phrases are the same, or ultimately very different.

2) The article states: “The fundamental question is this: Why can’t the FBI crack the encryption on its own? It has the full resources of the best the US government can provide.”  Of course, the article then immediately goes on to state why McAfee has even better resources.  Why does McAfee believe that he can do this when the FBI cannot?

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