Was The iPhone Security Flaw A Mistake Or NSA Backdoor?

I don’t always agree with the conspiracies posited at Infowars.com. On the other hand, sometimes they are quite persuasive. And often the evil deeds they point to are not even really “conspiracies” since people are operating in plain sight, shamelessly.

Yesterday, Steve Watson of Infowars addressed the question of the iPhone 6 “bug.” To get an idea of how serious this security vulnerability is, and how strangely silent Apple is being about it, see Techdirt’s post. Techdirt even mentions the NSA, albeit in a passive way. Referring to Apple’s deafening silence on the issue, the author writes,

Perhaps silence is sexier? iPhone and iPad users should obviously update their systems ASAP, and OS X users can supposedly protect themselves by using Chrome or Firefox and disabling background services (like Mail.app or iCloud) when wandering about on coffee shop Wi-Fi. Regardless, surely the NSA, other intelligence organizations, hackers and other n’er do wells looking to nab personal data greatly appreciate Apple’s dead silence on the issue.

But was this serious security flaw merely a convenience for the NSA?

Watson writes:

Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew Green told Reuters that the flaw was “as bad as you could imagine.”

Several coding experts are now raising their eyebrows over the matter, noting that the timeline of the inception of the security flaw matches up with leaked NSA slides that document how the spy agency had managed to gain access to Apple’s severs.

According to coder and App developer Jeffrey Grossman, who has studied the code in question, the flaw only appeared in iOS 6.0 and was not present in iOS 5.11.

Immediately, tech experts began to note that iOS 6.0 was released in September 2012, just one month before Apple was added to the NSA’s list of penetrated servers, according to slides leaked by Edward Snowden.

Watson gives more evidence and expert testimony. It sure looks suspicious to me.

Will the mainstream media push on this issue? I hope so. If the NSA is responsible for this “flaw,” then we really can’t overstate the damage this is doing. The iPhone has been an iconic representative of American innovation and technological capability. The NSA’s interference, if they were involved, has turned it into a piece of unreliable garbage for anyone who cares about internet security.

Furthermore, this “flaw” could be exploited by anyone. So once again we would have a case of the NSA making us all more vulnerable because of its demand that we all be open to their spying and data collection.