The biggest news this week isn’t about some new device hitting the market, or a major technological breakthrough. Instead, it’s about one older iPhone. While no one might think twice about an iPhone 5c, this phone could radically change the state of cybersecurity in our country, and even the world. This phone was once owned by the San Bernardino shooter, and at the moment, no one can unlock it.
So how can one little outdated iPhone change the state of cybersecurity? Well, the issue is that the FBI wants to have a way to access any phone, so that they can go through the information contained within. Unfortunately for them, due to the way Apple encrypts their phones, they cannot simply provide the FBI with some manner of unlocking the phone. In another place and time, that might have been the end of the story. And honestly, that’s where it should have ended. John Mcafee has offered to decrypt the phone in 3 weeks and he will “eat his shoe” if he does not succeed. Read more about his announcement here.