Apple, one of the largest technology companies today, has been involved in the controversy for some weeks now . First because it recognized the existence of the error that kills iPhones that change their date to January 1, 1970, even though a solution to this problem has already been found, and then because of the problems it has had with the FBI.
To make a bit of memory, and get into context, let’s remember that one of the defendants in the San Bernardino, California, shooting uses an iPhone, which is under FBI protection, but is locked by a password. Yesterday, the FBI asked Apple to create back doors to gain access to the information on the iPhone , which Tim Cook flatly refused.
This decision entails opposing the request of one of the most important security agencies worldwide for the protection of the security of all smartphone users worldwide , an opinion that even Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, has openly supported. However, a solution may be close at hand.
Business Insider reports that eccentric millionaire John McAfee, programmer and creator of the well-known anti-virus that bears his name, has volunteered to unlock the iPhone that the FBI needs without charging a single dollar . No, it’s not a joke.
Despite the feats that Mr. McAfee has done in his life, such as running for president of the United States on behalf of the Liberal Party, this offer, he writes in a column on the site Business Insider , is because wants to prevent Apple from developing a back door for the iPhone as it would be giving a lot of power to a government institution .
McAfee points out that three weeks will be enough for him and his team to manage to unlock the iPhone is a matter and all the information inside it . He also mentions that the method they will use to achieve this will be social engineering, and that it will be done at no cost.
At the moment there is no information on the response of the FBI or even whether they have heard and considered this option. However it is important to mention that this is so far the best opportunity for the FBI to access the information on the iPhone .
Will the FBI accept this offer?