Glad I’m not that guy

So how did the FBI/Apple kerfluffle really start?

San Bernardino Shooter’s iCloud Password Changed While iPhone was in Government Possession
The filing states, “the owner [San Bernardino County Department of Public Health], in an attempt to gain access to some information in the hours after the attack, was able to reset the password remotely, but that had the effect of eliminating the possibility of an auto-backup.”
The auto reset was executed by a county information technology employee, according to a federal official. Federal investigators only found out about the reset after it had occurred and that the county employee acted on his own, not on the orders of federal authorities, the source said.


Questions, questions.

  • If he changed the password to access information, why isn’t the FBI rubber-hosing the password out of him?
  • What information did this guy suddenly need when the Feds took the phone?
    • Was he merely curious?
    • Did he not realize the Feds would notice?
    • Was he looking for incriminating information?
    • If so, why not leave it to LE?
  • If there was incriminating data he knew about, what kind? Was he an accomplice in the attacks, or merely lower level county corruption?

Seriously. At the very least, he had to realize resetting the password on evidence in a federal investigation would be felony “impeding an investigation.” At a minimum, he had to know he’d be suspected as an accomplice in a terrorist attack. What did he need to see so badly to make it worth the obviously inevitable consequences?

If he was deliberately hiding something, what could be worse than a definite felony, and being a terrorist suspect for the rest of his life? At best.

Maybe he really is just a curious dumbass with an IQ lower than whale shit. He is (was?) a government employee, after all.

Look, either the guy knew the new password, or he deliberately randomized it to keep investigators out. If the first, the Feds shouldn’t be making demands of Apple.

In related news:

DOJ would allow Apple to keep or destroy software to help FBI hack iPhone
The Obama administration told a magistrate judge Friday it would be willing to allow Apple to retain possession of and later destroy specialized software it was ordered to create to help federal authorities hack into the encrypted iPhone belong to Syed Rizwan Farook.


Looks like someone finally took cognizance of the point I’ve been making: Letting the Feds get that FBiOS is dangerous. I’ve said all along that the correct way to do this would have been to turn the phone over to Apple for forensic extraction. They unlock it, then return the unlocked phone without the security breaking code installed to the Feds.

The FBI absolutely should never get their dirty paws on the countdown bypassing and remote access code. They can’t be trusted.

4 thoughts on “Glad I’m not that guy

  1. MamaLiberty February 20, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    I guess I’m just too badly ignorant of such things. The supposed terrorist pair are dead. Their associates are pretty well known. What is the point of knowing what is in their encrypted phone? There might be some reason to want to see what they stored in the phone, I guess… but I don’t know what it could be. All of their calls are available otherwise…

    This just doesn’t make any sense to me beyond the fudds wanting a nice big back door.

    So, if Apple can be forced to create this back door, they could be forced later to give it to the fudds, despite the promises made today. Compromise with the fudds is like trusing a leaky condom…


    • Bear February 20, 2016 / 12:55 pm

      Right up to the point where we learned that some IT guy locked the Feds out of evidence, I assumed the whole thing was about getting the Feebs a beautiful piece of covert surveillance software. And it isn’t even a “back door.” It opens up the front door to let anyone in. All you can do is keep re-locking it, and the Feds can keep unlocking it. Remotely.

      The Berdoo terrorists were smart enough to disappear their computer hard drive; I doubt they were then stupid enough to leave useful evidence behind on a county iPhone that the county could — demonstrably — access at will.

      My questions about the IT guy’s motivation remain.


      • MamaLiberty February 20, 2016 / 1:00 pm

        Ah, the wonders of MSM “news.” I didn’t know it was a “county” phone. No idea why they couldn’t access it all along… but looks as if they could. I did think, right from the start, that these terrorists were highly unlikely to leave any information behind, unless it was false and misleading. So, with that combination, there is even less reason for the fudds to be involved with the phone. Not that it means anything, of course. Control freaks want to control everything, even the totally irrelevant.


  2. ClareB February 20, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Yeah, curious!


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