Apple Pleaded the Fifth

Still no comment from Apple since the news broke on March 28, 2016 that the FBI was able to unlock the iPhone without the cooperation from Apple. They must still be trying to get their foot out of their mouth.  Yes, you have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say can and will be used against you, Apple.  For the sake of the international readers who are not familiar with the term,

“Pleading the Fifth”, I’ll explain.  Simply put, the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights, 5th Amendment declares the citizen’s right to remain silent and not testify against himself.  In this context, it’s a colloquial expression often used if one doesn’t want to comment, speak or engage in conversation, for example he may sarcastically mutter, “I’m pleading the fifth”.US Constitution-640x426

Oh! wait.  There’s breaking news that Apple did comment after all, according to USA Today, 1:51pm (EST) article, “FBI hacks into terrorist’s iPhone without Apple.“  And here is what they had to say:

“This case should never have been brought,”  Apple said in a statement released late Monday. . . [ms-protect-content]

“We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated. … This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy.”

I am having a hard time swallowing the part of “We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along…”

Apple, you should have just continued to remain silent.  Nothing said would have been better than that.  What a ridiculous statement.  I cannot help but recall the scriptural verse, “A warped man is despised.”  I wonder if this applies to companies as well.  Yes, I think so.  Apple you must be one warped, rotten apple!

So who came to the FBI’s rescue?  No, it was not John McAfee, nor Microsoft Cybercrime Unit, nor North Korea.  Good guesses.  Although not confirmed, rumor has it that an Israeli company, Cellebrite, is the anonymous “third party” helping the FBI.  So after Apple’s previous claim that it would take six of their engineers at least two weeks, possibly one full month to actually hack into the locked iPhone, how long did it actually take for the presumed Cellebrite to access the locked phone?  If you guess along with Apple’s minimum 480 man/hours, you would be way off.  How about 26 minutes?  That’s all it took once a cooperative, and competent party showed up.  So in the four months that Apple was being stubborn, uncooperative and spending time with their legal protest campaign,  I wonder how much all the legal fees added up to for Apple.  Probable more than 26 minutes’ worth.

So now Apple may want to:

  1. reconsider their advertisement for claims of “secure” phones;
  2. tweak their shoddy product development efforts;
  3. offer a sincere apology to the FBI, Department of Justices and the public.

The Apple PR team must think that a statement like, “We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along…” would carry favor with the FBI.  After all now that the shoe is on the other foot, Apple wants the FBI to give them all the means and methods of how they hacked their secure, unhackable iPhone.  Gee that would be worth a lot of unnecessary R&D expenditures.  Quite the proprietary advantage, I would say.   I would also dare to say that their statement was intended to deny the truth of their hostile opposition.  It came off as obsequious and sycophantic.  Not surprising, one of the inferences of sycophantic is “apple-polishing”

Apple is a sycophantic, warped, rotten apple that should have pleaded the fifth.

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