The San Bernadino attack seems to have motivated good Samaritans among US politicians. Anti-virus software creator John McAfee, who is running for presidency in the US , has said that his team could break into an iPhone which belonged to one of the San Bernardino killers, Syed Farook. According to an article published by Business Insider, the presidential aspirant who is a member of the Libertarian Party, has offered to help the FBI break the encryption on an iPhone belonging to one of the killers responsible for the mass shootings at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino in December 2015.
There had been legal disputes between Apple and the FBI over breaking into the killer’s phone. The FBI had through a court order, asked Apple to create a ‘backdoor’ enabling investigators to hack the passcode for the iPhone in question (an iPhone 5C), but Apple declined the request on the basis that it would compromise security and could be used to access information on other users’ devices.
But Mr McAfee has said he and his team would take on the task “free of charge”. His offer came as he continued his campaign as a US presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. He, in an article said he is bent on unlocking the device. He had buttressed that he did not want Apple to be forced to implement the “back door” method by which security services could access data on encrypted devices.
The Chief Executive of Apple, Tim Cook had previously said his firm did not want to comply with the order by the court to break the encryption on the killer’s iPhone. He had maintained that introducing a back door in iOS would make all iPhones vulnerable to hacking by criminals.
Some people in the likes of the Australian Children’s e-Safety Commissioner had said that Apple would not have to introduce a back door, but that the firm is only being asked to provide access to a single device.
But on the other hand, some companies supported Apple’s Tim Cook in his bid to protect the security of users. Google boss, Sundar Pichai had expressed his support for Mr Cook and also Chief Executive of Twitter Jack Dorsey added his approval via a tweet.
But Mr John McAffe has obliged to do this task saying it would take his team 3 weeks to achieve it, although he did not explain how he tends to achieve it.
I would eat my shoe on the Neil Cavuto [television] show if we could not break the encryption on the San Bernardino phone,” McAFee said.
John McAfee also wondered why the FBI couldn’t crack the encryption on its own, as it has the full resources of the best the US government can provide.