SHOE CONSERVATIONISTS should be glad that colourful security character John McAfee has lived up to his word and managed to unlock an iPhone.
Such people will be interested because McAfee mentioned shoes when discussing the Apple privacy and security case. At least one shoe was due to be eaten by McAfee should he and some fans of hair dye and reggae fail to crack the passcode.
Yeah, Dan Brown this ain't. But it makes for a good distraction. McAfee, a not-camera shy man, took to the telly to show off the exploit and let off the espadrille. This is a win for McAfee, mono-phobic shoes and TV, but perhaps not for privacy, people and Apple.
John McAfee reveals to FBI, on national TV, how to crack the iPhonehttps://t.co/uk7uMFTXMw— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) March 1, 2016
The presidential candidate and FBI-taunting antivirus pioneer reckons that any hacker or software and hardware engineer could pull off the same trick. He used a disassembler and looked for evidence of the log-in, and claimed that it took only 30 mins.
McAfee told the television programme's host that he allowed himself three weeks in case he got ill, and that he really did not want to eat his shoe. He added that the hack was "trivial" and was repeated often.
He said that he has not been approached by the FBI but would gladly walk them through the procedure. We are pretty confident that the agency is well aware of McAfee and his work in this area.
McAfee suggested in a later television interview that former FBI officer Steve Rogers and his peers were clueless about technology, and that unlocking the iPhone would not aid the American people. Rogers countered that the US is "at war". It all got quite impassioned and the host took to ringing a bell at one point.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is unlikely to budge from his civil liberties line, and has until Friday to answer to the authorities and their demands. µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home