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John McAfee enters the fray: 'I'll decrypt the San Bernardino iPhone for free'

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John McAfee enters the fray: 'I'll decrypt the San Bernardino iPhone for free'

With all the brouhaha surrounding the order that Apple opens up the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino shooter, one would think that the FBI has no other way to find out what's in it, rather than that it's just being desperate for a backdoor into iPhones, and using this highly public matter as a pretext.

Apple's CEO Tim Cook already rebuffed the FBI's advances, and Google's Sundar Pichai stand firmly behind him. This might turn out to be the grandest standoff yet between the Silicon Valley, where companies are under tremendous pressure for providing ways to access personal communication executed with iOS, Android or Windows devices, and the federal government, the source of that same pressure.

Enter John McAfee, of McAfee Antivirus and expat debauchery fame. In his typical brash style, McAfee is now offering to decrypt the San Bernadino terrorist's phone absolutely for free, so long as the Feds leave Apple alone with the backdoor requests. The legendary hacker has issued a lengthy open letter to offer his services, which boils down to this:

So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, for free, 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 their product, which will be the beginning of the end of America. If you doubt my credentials, Google “Cybersecurity legend” and see whose name is the only name that appears in the first ten results out of over a quarter of a million.
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There you have it, FBI, ball's in your court, and you can read the whole of John McAfee's statement below. After all, he is a presidential candidate from the Libertarian party, too, so he's not taking personal freedom and privacy issues lightly.

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source: BI

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posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:43 20

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Lol Who actually Googled "Cybersecurity Legend" just to verify his claim

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:49 6

2. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Maybe... yoo?

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 10:24 1

30. j2001m (Posts: 2979; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I did say it will not take an hacker very long to hack the phone the other day

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:44

47. AlikMalix (Posts: 6305; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


For a team like mcaffee, it would take 3 weeks (as he stated)... That's a very very long time. Bro, I can wipe my phone remotely in 10 seconds from any device that has Internet. Really really not worried about my phone being hacked now.

On the other note: anyone know what he meant by "using social engineering" to hack into it?

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 15:01

62. mrmessma (Posts: 194; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


For everybody out there, he's either trolling or being sarcastic about the social engineering question.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:20 2

8. natypes (Posts: 1099; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I certainly did. lol no shame

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:29 1

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2719; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Highlighted and searched it and he is right the non-ad results on the first page are all about him, and only one result on the second page isn't about him.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:45

18. keekai05 (Posts: 116; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


Me LOL

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 10:19

29. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10731; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I did. So?!

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:01 4

3. dmh0284 (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


Will he also bog the phone down and make it unusable for free?

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 13:48

57. murphslaws (Posts: 54; Member since: 22 Apr 2015)


hes not affiliated with the anti-virus.. hasnt been for a long time.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:01 16

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I doubt the feds will take him up on this offer. They want backdoor access to all phones not just one.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:13 10

5. Lenny86 (Posts: 144; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


I like this guy:)He is the Charlie Sheen of tech.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:21 12

9. natypes (Posts: 1099; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I didn't know he was HIV positive too.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:32 2

13. Lenny86 (Posts: 144; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Did not mention anything about HIV,jeeeez.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:55

24. LikeMyself (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Charlie Sheen is awesome!

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:48

20. Sidewinder (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


I thought that was just a sick joke Charlie himself cooked up to piss off the media.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:16 3

6. Zack_2014 (Posts: 380; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


What if he and his team fails at decrypting the iPhone, such embarrassment

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:20 4

7. Intrepid_wiz (Posts: 28; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


I confess, i Googled "Cybersecurity Legend". I request to be hanged....

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:25

11. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


haha lol. I too certainly did, just to fulfil my curiousity

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:24 2

10. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 222; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


wait im so lost? the Gov can already hack into our phones (AKA mini computers) so why are they asking for apples help?

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:33 4

14. WPX00 (Posts: 354; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Not anymore. Since iOS 8, Apple has encrypted (read: scrambled randomly) data on iDevices, and they are only decryptable by entering your passcode/fingerprint, which is the decryption key. A second copy of the key, which would allow Apple to open it, is not stored by Apple, and as such, even when the gov't wants it to, Apple technically can't. The govt says it wants Apple to force load a version of iOS that removes the security feature where it wipes data after 10 failed attempts, but Apple is refusing to do so.

Also, this issue will be null in devices from the 5S onwards: the passcode stuff is stored in a special part of the processor called Security Enclave, and that's unhackable and cannot be altered like what's technically possible in this case.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:43

16. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


but is it AES 256 encryption tho?

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 10:43 3

31. marorun (Posts: 3917; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Well if they win this they will have court order apple to put a backdoor on all future iphone and may also do same thing with others mobile OS.

So its not only about apple security here.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 11:13

34. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 222; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


ok, so apple has a big ass pad lock on the OS, if a device has a key/code then it CAN be hack....this just blows my mind they are supposed to be able to hack ANY OS...i feel that this is all a big stunt it has to be

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:09 1

39. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


AGAIN WHY NOT JUST USE THE DEAD GUYS FINGER SIMPLE

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:35 1

44. tacarat (Posts: 786; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


If it was shut off at any point the phone requires the code or pin before reenabling the scanner. Its more than that, butclose enough.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:49 3

48. AlikMalix (Posts: 6305; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Im not exactly sure why, But I think the reason is that 5c didn't come with a Touch ID.

But let's say it did come with Touch ID:
1. After the phone was I unused for 48 hours it requires pin
2. If the phone was shut down - it will require pin upon reboot
3. Dead fingers (with no pulse) do not work

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 13:17 5

51. Wiencon (Posts: 1924; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Jesus F Christ please just get off this site, IT WAS IPHONE 5C IT HAS NO FINGERPRINT SCANNER it's second or third time you say the same bulls*it

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 03:05 2

73. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


If the 5C had a fingerprint scanner that could work but as it doesn't it really wouldn't do much. Not a very technical guy are you?

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