John McAfee to the rescue: He’s offering to decrypt the iPhone so Apple doesn’t have to

John McAfee has the answer, everybody. He has offered to decrypt the iPhone that the FBI wants Apple’s help with, for free, so Apple doesn’t have to.

And in case you don’t believe the founder of the McAfee antivirus software company can do it, he says in an op-ed in Business Insider:

“If you doubt my credentials, Google ‘cybersecurity legend’ and see whose name is the only name that appears in the first 10 results out of more than a quarter of a million.”

Likewise, you could Google the following, or variations of the following, and his name would come up somewhere, somehow: presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, tech executive turned fugitive, wanted in Belize.

But back to the matter at hand. McAfee says he’s disturbed by what the government is asking Apple to do and wants to help.

“No matter how you slice this pie, if the government succeeds in getting this back door, it will eventually get a back door into all encryption, and our world, as we know it, is over,” McAfee writes. That sentiment’s not so different from what Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in his letter to customers explaining why he is opposing a court order to help the FBI hack into the iPhone of one of the killers in the San Bernardino massacre, which killed 14 people.

McAfee says he works with a crack team of hackers, and that he “would eat my shoe on the Neil Cavuto show if we could not break the encryption on the San Bernardino phone. This is a pure and simple fact.”

The op-ed is a gem, you should go read it. He asks a simple question that’s probably been on most minds, too: “Why can’t the FBI crack the encryption on its own? It has the full resources of the best the US government can provide.” His answer: The FBI’s too uptight and too cheap to hire the right people.

We’ll let McAfee have the last words here. Your move, FBI.

“So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering, and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America.”

 

Photo:¬†John McAfee listens to a question at the “Fireside Chat with John McAfee” talk during the C2SV Technology Conference + Music Festival at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. ¬† (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

 

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  • cute story siliconbeat / LeviS, thanks. only part i’d quibble with is the trailing bit..
    > ..then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America.

    imo we’re way waay past the beginning of the end of american constitutional values. # tanksalot bushies

  • fstein

    I love it. McAfee makes a prediction and the calls it a fact. “A pure and simple fact” at that. Plus Google searches says he’s a legend.
    Now, John, google search some shoe recipes.

  • Vigilabo_Vigilum

    I just hope that Tim Cook has already given the staff at Apple orders to create a next generation iPhone that cannot be cracked even by Apple itself. And I hope he creates a team whose entire lives at Apple are dedicated to testing the ‘uncrackability” of the new design, and feeding that back into the design process. Apple needs to get such a phone out into the market before the Feds outlaw such phones.

    • Jim Bray-Old school security

      The answer is very simple, design a phone that has no storage of user activity. Let AT&T worry about that.

    • Randy

      There’s no such thing as “uncrackable.”

  • Anon22385

    I for one am looking forward to his interview with other Libertarian candidate hopefuls on the Stossel show in a few weeks! This decryption ploy may just be trying to garner attention, ala Trump.

  • David McDory

    John McAfee had no idea what he is talking about. This isn’t open-all-encryption back door. This is iphone specific in its current form. And phones and computers don’t even have to have an encryption backdoor, it is just that this particular model doesn’t have a bullet-proof encryption, and this gave rise to all this nonsense.

  • SHOW ME THE MONEY, JOHN!

  • homershead

    Nothing is un-crackable it is only a challenge and most would take the bet

  • elkhornsun

    All a PR stunt suggested by the flacks at his company. Always a quisling ready to volunteer to support the police state. What is at odds with the FBI’s purported request is that the NSA already has the recordings of any phone calls made and to whom they were made so what do they truly need from the cell phone? This is a ruse to gain access to private information held by Americans by people who are working to protect the 1% from the 99%.

  • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

    News reports said that Apple has already cracked up to 70 phones for the US Government prior to this one.
    I smell a rat, it’s Apple, not wanting the world to know it works with the government to get private info off phones.
    I’m betting that they already supplied the FBI with everything on that phone!

    • FairySac

      The news report is wrong.

      They pulled data from iPhones that used version IOS 7, which was NOT encrypted. IOS 8 encrypts data, which is what this iPhone is running. They have never broken the encryption for anyone.

  • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

    News reports said that Apple has already cracked up to 70 phones for the US Government prior to this one.
    I smell a rat, it’s Apple, not wanting the world to know it works with the government to get private info off phones.
    I’m betting that they already supplied the FBI with everything on that phone!

  • David Cochran

    I’m certainly no Apple fanboy, but McAfee is a blowhard. This isn’t about going in a back door. Anything can be cracked, given enough time. This is a ruse to get around the encryption that is used now.

  • John McAfee: what Kanye West would be if he did IT.

 
 
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