Just as Bruce Sewell, Apple’s General Counsel and Senior VP of Legal and Global Security is set to speak to Congress on Tuesday an even larger question might be asked. Just how secure is Apple’s security layer—and why is John McAfee so convinced that his team can crack it?
The enigmatic and one-time computer security guru, John McAfee, could probably not even change the battery in his own iPhone; much less crack the code of Apple’s security architecture. Who is he trying to kid? But McAfee recently revealed something that probably got the attention of the FBI and shook Apple investors to its core.
In a recent article McAfee was quoted as saying, “I work with a team of the best hackers on the planet. These hackers attend Defcon in Las Vegas, and they are legends in their local hacking groups, such as HackMiami. They are all prodigies, with talents that defy normal human comprehension.”
McAfee certainly seems to have a love for these techno-pirates who help ruin people’s lives—and why not, he made millions of dollars supposedly battling them. “Yeah, I know, right?”
Could McAfee really do such a thing? Is it entirely possibly? Would Apple ever admit that their highly acclaimed iPhone security kernel could ever be spoofed? Never!
What if McAfee has a team of the best super hackers on the planet; could this explain his confidence? —A confidence so high that he’s willing to eat his own shoe on national television if he fails? Maybe the reason he’s so sure of himself is because —he’s already done it!
So what is spoofing anyway? By some definition a spoofing attack happens when a person or computer process masquerades through a security hole dressed like an invited guest and lays a golden egg of either destruction or thievery. It is said that a spoofer (if that’s even a word) gains an illegitimate advantage over its victim in an attempt to have its way with he, she or it.
Following the theory that Apple’s security layer has already been breached —would Apple ever admit to such vulnerability? Are ya kidding me? Never in a million years! Could anyone imagine what would happen to their stock prices—-not to mention the entire communications industry if Apple was aware of a huge security hole? Imagine an Erin Andrews lawsuit multiplied by millions!
The hackers of McAfee’s era were maladjusted computer geeks with lofty computer science degrees and Peeping-Tom tendencies. But what if the hackers of today were comprised of kids with an average age of 14; the very same kid that stays up all night long playing computer games with people all over the world.
The theory that McAfee subscribes to might have been germinated from Alvin Toffler’s highly acclaimed novel “Future Shock”: a belief that the ultra-fast pace of technology renders people’s brains numb and confused.
But what if there was a reverse theory: where consumer demand becomes so strong for new stuff that it out-strips the capabilities of today’s telecommunication giants. McAfee might believe that in a desperate attempt to quench the overwhelming demands for ground breaking innovations in cell-phone technology, Apple inadvertently created a security hole so large that one could drive a car through it!
Think of it this way—it took Bell Labs 45 years to go from rotary dialing to touch-tone. But today the consumers with the likes of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, along with the financial markets, demand ground breaking innovations on a weekly basis! Might it be possible that while everyone thinks that the communications industry is getting so much safer, it might actually be taking a nose dive towards disaster?
What if, every cell phone user in the world now has the latest and greatest version of the most dangerous communication software possible, complete with a largest security flaw in the history of telecommunications?
So the question remains: would Apple ever admit that such a problem exits? Never in a million years. Imagine a security hole so huge that even Apple is unable to invent their way out of it. This has the making of a great movie entitled “Illegitimate Advantage”.