After members of the Congressional Committee overseeing the FBI vs Apple case told the former off for chasing what it called a ‘fools errand’, the case has jumped up yet again, with the San Bernardino District Attorney claiming that the iPhone in question may contain a cyber pathogen with the potential to threaten the country.
The claims come even as FBI director James Comey admitted to the fact that his agency didn’t had anything particular in its sights and in fact, wasn’t even aware of the data contained on the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farouk’s iPhone and in all honesty, has people skeptical, particularly after the spouse of one of the attack survivors came out in public in Apple’s support.
As per Michael Ramos, the San Bernardino District Attorney,
The iPhone is a county owned telephone that may have connected to the San Bernardino County computer network. The seized iPhone may contain evidence that can only be found on the seized phone that it was used as a weapon to introduce a lying dormant cyber pathogen that endangers San Bernardino’s infrastructure.
Well, we hope that the lawyer wasn’t working in league with the FBI to trick the court into going along with the latter. Sure, Cyber Pathogen sounds ominous, but a very little amount of research is required to show that the probability of the dead and gone shooter’s device harbouring it is equal to zilch.
Which according to most expert opinion, is a gigantic load of wool. In fact, an expert associated and often cited in the Apple vs FBI case, went as far as to say that the statements “amount to blatant fear mongering. They are designed to manipulate the court into making a ruling for the FBI”.
Well, so much for “Cyber Pathogen”. The term actually, isn’t even used in association with system threats and well, I don’t even know what the heck it means.
While it does sound dangerous to someone without a knowledge of cyber security — even the developer and programmer community itself seemed to be momentarily taken aback by the term, before they actually started making ridiculous fun of the so called pathogen and our inventive lawyer — the idea of the iPhone harbouring it is about as dangerous as that of Count Dracula hibernating inside your PC.
And as for the claims of the DA that not allowing the FBI access to the device may endanger the San Bernardino infrastructure….. Lol.
Full marks for inventiveness and zero for making any remote semblance of sense to Michael Ramos. I mean even if the iPhone did harbour some mystical creature just waiting to wreck untold havoc on the world, why go to the trouble of unlocking it? Just take a hammer to the damn thing.
So the position of the FBI vs Apple case remains the same. Meanwhile, the cyber as well as the lawyer community has gotten enough material for a couple of hundred brand new jokes.