Encryption, iPhones, Apple, and the Department of Justice NEW DATE

Originally scheduled for March 22, 2016 but pre-empted by events and then followed by pre-emption of revised date by weather. Keep your fingers crossed this time!

Joe and Jesse fill you on on (some of) what's going on with the Apple - Department of Justice/FBI battle of an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino participants.

We'll talk about the issues and some incidental extras that have recently emerged such as:

  • Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered a flaw in the encryption code. It's a zero-day flaw (no one knew about it before so there were no defenses against it). The news broke first in the Washington Post (link below).
  • Shortly after the Washington Post article appeared, Apple released a long-planned update to iOS 9 that includes (possibly) a fix for the problem.
  • The Department of Justice then requested a delay in a hearing scheduled for March 22, 2016 because they state that they may have found another way to decrypt the phone. (Of course, if that is true, that solves the FBI's immediate problem, but Apple will presumably fix it in the next release of iOS 9.

What does all this mean for the big picture, and, by the way, does it have anything to do with your own data and how you protect it? (Yes.)

March 25, 2016 -- The FBI may be paying $15,000 for the solution. (Wonder how much all the legal fees cost...) Here's an article http://bgr.com/2016/03/24/fbi-secret-iphone-hack-15000/.

From Quentin Hardy in The New York Times Bits column -- interesting background on Apple and bounties for bug hunters (seems to be quite a profitable occupation if you have the skills) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/technology/for-apple-potential-flaw-ma....

Meanwhile, in Europe...http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/technology/american-tech-giants-face-f...