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Listened to this on NPR/Fresh Air a little while ago....



This ties into the whole Apple vs Feds issue but goes into much more depth about all this wacky Tron stuff....



< From Reagan's Cyber Plan To Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'


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My guest, Fred Kaplan, has been writing about this case in his Slate column "War Stories." And he's the author of the new book "Dark Territory: The Secret History Of Cyber War," which we'll talk about in a few minutes. Kaplan's other books include "The Wizards Of Armageddon," an inside history of nuclear strategy, and "The Insurgents: David Patraeus And The Plot To Change The American Way Of War." He was a reporter for The Boston Globe for about 20 years.




Interesting thing that I don't recall hearing the media mention....the ownership of the iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shooting...


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GROSS: ...The phone was actually owned by the county of San Bernardino and not by Syed Farook. So can you discuss the implications of that in this case?



KAPLAN: Right. This is not a Fourth Amendment case. Not only did the county own the phone, but the county has given consent for the government to do whatever it wants with this phone. It's not a First Amendment case. It's not a privacy case because the shooter is dead. You lose your privacy rights when you're dead. It's not a good political optics case from Apple's point of view. This isn't some, you know, two-bit hustler or drug dealer. This is a mass murderer with alleged ties to an international terrorist organization.



So I don't know. To my mind, Apple has made a big mistake in pursuing this as vigorously as they have. And in fact, I was talking last night with a former senior intelligence official, let's say, who put forth the theory that this outside party that's come up with a solution might in fact be someone put up by Apple (laughter) so they can avoid going to trial on this. I tend to doubt that. The consequences of that fact leaking would be devastating to Apple's commercial record. But it does give you a sense of how a lot of people in the industry, including - I've found many people who agree with Apple on the principles are puzzled why Cook is making such a big deal out of this test case, which they see as a bad case to propound his principles of privacy.



There is also an interesting story about Sheldon Adelson's casinos being hacked...and no money was stolen...

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