Inept Microsoft demonstrates just how right Apple was to stand up to U.S. government overreach

“I wrote an opinion piece predating the San Bernardino shootings on why Apple was right to stand firm on encryption even in the face of terrorist attacks, and another one afterwards explaining why it would be too dangerous to give the FBI the iPhone master key they demanded,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “My main argument was that something as powerful as a master key to unlock an iPhone would eventually fall into the wrong hands.”

“And Microsoft has just proven my point, even with code that was never intended to leave the company’s possession,” Lovejoy writes. “Ars Technica reported yesterday that Microsoft accidentally leaked a universal backdoor to Windows.”

“A key piece of code that allows some of its devices to be completely compromised – a piece of code that should have been fiercely guarded – has leaked,” Lovejoy writes. “It didn’t even require any malicious intent: the leak appears to be the result of someone making a stupid, but all too human, mistake.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: And the U.S. government makes inept Microsoft look like the model of efficiency and perfection.

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

Oppose government overreach.

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

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that ‘backdoors’ are a stupid idea – August 10, 2016
U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu says strong encryption without backdoors is a ‘national security priority’ – April 29, 2016
iPhone backdoors would pose a threat, French privacy chief warns – April 8, 2016
The U.S. government’s fight with Apple could backfire big time – March 14, 2016
Obama pushes for iPhone back door; Congressman Issa blasts Obama’s ‘fundamental lack of understanding’ – March 12, 2016
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch backs U.S. government overreach on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – March 11, 2016
Former CIA Director: FBI wants to dictate iPhone’s operating system – March 11, 2016
FBI warns it could demand Apple’s iPhone code and secret electronic signature – March 10, 2016
California Democrat Diane Feinstein backs U.S. government overreach over Apple – March 10, 2016
Snowden: U.S. government’s claim it can’t unlock San Bernardino iPhone is ‘bullshit’ – March 10, 2016
Apple could easily lock rights-trampling governments out of future iPhones – February 20, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook lashes out at Obama administration over encryption, bemoans White House lack of leadership – January 13, 2016
Obama administration demands master encryption keys from firms in order to conduct electronic surveillance against Internet users – July 24, 2013


  1. The point isn’t the LUSER Factor (Illustrated here by the MS person who made the stupid mistake of letting loose the ‘Golden Key’).


    • Someone will find the backdoor AND the way it.
    • It’s going to happen.
    • It’s going to go public.
    • The bad guys will get in.
    • James Comey is both a US Constitution and technology illiterate who is promoting what amounts to enablement of totalitarianism in the USA.
    • No thank you! 😛

  2. Ballmers troops still rule the roost at redmond. It’s chock full of idiots and no way of getting rid of them. Post-Ballmer Microsoft is doomed to eternity.

  3. I’ve been bashing Apple for the Mac Pro stagnation etc but on this issue of backdoors and encryption I really admire Tim Cook’s strong stand. Apple is leading in this and has paid a price as some members of the government are really cheesed off but it’s an issue that is so important that Apple has to do it.

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