Someone hacked into an earlier version of Blackphone running PrivatOS, because, you know, hackers gonna hack. It must not have been a serious issue because now the U.S. military is checking out Blackphone. Is this, and the government,s public hatred of iPhone, just a smokescreen diversion?
Thou Dost Protest Too Much
Numerous public officials, some of them official government spooks and spokespersons, have spoken out against the encryption that comes with every iPhone.
That encryption, so the story goes (the story the government planted, perhaps?), is tough enough to prevent the Federali from intercepting and reading files and communication.
In short, terrorist and other ne’er-do-wells might have life threatening or empire busting secrets on their iPhones, and we’re all better off if the government knows their plans ahead of the actual deeds.
Ipso facto, no security for you somehow is a good thing. I’m not so sure.
Of course, governments want encryption security for themselves, hence the U.S. military trying the Blackphone on for size. Why? the new locked down Blackphone supposedly is NSA-proof, and if hacks and spooks from the good old U.S. of A. can’t crack it, then neither can the bad guys. Wait. Who are the bad guys again?
In a world where everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia might be good for the soul. It’s cheaper than chicken soup and never-ending, too. Most of my past’s incriminating evidence has been deleted or forgotten so I’m not much worried about my iPhone spilling beans I don’t have.
What I worry about is how much the government protests that citizens should not have the same tough encryption they use to prevent us from knowing what they’re doing. What could go wrong with that scenario? What is more likely is that the government already has back doors or hacking tools so strong they can break into anything anywhere at almost anytime and they’re crying foul because they don’t want us to suspect what they can already do.
As long as government spooks are crying loud and publicly about the security and encryption issue, the more I worry about what the government knows and won’t show and tell. To paraphrase a bit of Shakespeare…
The spooks doth protest too much, methinks.