“Apple versus the FBI was just the beginning: The debate between privacy and cybersecurity will drag on for years as the government vies with powerful corporations while new forms of hacking attacks arise, according to David DeWalt, chief executive officer of FireEye Inc.,” Nafeesa Syeed reports for Bloomberg. “‘We now have corporations, for the first time in history, as powerful as the United States,’ DeWalt said in an interview in Washington. ‘The Apples, the Googles and the Microsofts of the world have become so big, so powerful, that their cash reserves, their lobbying capability is as great — if not greater — than the biggest government in the world.'”

“FireEye, based in Milpitas, California, provides malware and network-threat protection systems for 4,400 customers in 67 countries,” Syeed reports. “The CEO called any government effort to force disclosure of a product’s vulnerabilities that create loopholes or backdoors a ‘big mistake.'”

Syeed reports, “When companies are asked for help by law enforcement agencies, they ‘don’t have to publish a backdoor to the government or hackers to use,’ DeWalt said. ‘Do it yourself in your own lab. You design the software, you know how it works and ultimately you can provide that information.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Wrong. It won’t stay in the “lab.” Employees are people. They leave. They steal code. They sell code. Or they just leave knowing the concepts used. Concepts that can be applied outside the “lab.” David DeWalt is painfully naive. As CEO for a security firm, he should know better.

He is right about one thing, though: This will drag on for years.

Encryption is either on or off. This is a binary issue. There is no in-between. There are no safe “labs.” You either have encryption or you do not.

There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, December 2015

This is not about this phone. This is about the future. And so I do see it as a precedent that should not be done in this country or in any country. This is about civil liberties and is about people’s abilities to protect themselves. If we take encryption away… the only people that would be affected are the good people, not the bad people. Apple doesn’t own encryption. Encryption is readily available in every country in the world, as a matter of fact, the U.S. government sponsors and funs encryption in many cases. And so, if we limit it in some way, the people that we’ll hurt are the good people, not the bad people; they will find it anyway. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 2016

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Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759