A few headlines from yesterdays news caught my eye and seem tagged to ride the growing wave of security breaches and security laws which, from my perspective, may be the cause of a coming security apocalypse.
Here’s what’s coming and why.
1. the complete final destruction of the world, especially as described in the biblical book of Revelation.
2. an event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale.
“a stock market apocalypse“
You get the idea, right? OK, here’s what caught my eye. The National Security Agency says that it has disclosed most of the previously unknown security vulnerabilities it discovered. Ostensibly, if the NSA discovered a vulnerability in Windows or Android OS version, it disclosed the vulnerability. What the NSA hasn’t said is whether or not it used the aforementioned security vulnerabilities before disclosure.
In other words, they found a security hole, but used it as much as they could before disclosing it.
Ringed around that are disclosures that many government and corporate databases have been hacked and supposedly secure data has been stolen and often times (but not always, obviously) revealed to the public. The CIA director’s personal email was hacked, so that should tell you that this cat an mouse game being played out has a winner.
Added to these unfolding scenarios are recent news items which point out that various governments– the U.S. and U.K. included– want the backdoor keys to personal encryption so they can, if they choose, read whatever is on your iPhone, iPad, and Android device. Logic would dictate that any publicly or privately available backdoor key to encryption would make true security null and void.
What does this have to do with the coming security apocalypse?
In a word, revenge.
What would the legions of hackers throughout the world be prepared to do if their respective governments mandate a backdoor key to all encryption and outlaw all encryption where they do not have a key?
Revenge. Swift, old fashioned, massive revenge at an apocalyptic scale aimed at governments and large corporations (I’m thinking financial institutions) who do the government’s bidding regarding security. Not only are such hackers capable of exposing personal information about politicians to the general public, they also have the capability to hack into banking systems, and government systems, all in an attempt to win back the right to personal privacy and security by causing mass chaos throughout various industries and governments in the most important countries.
Call it an attempt to save personal encryption, if you will, by trashing computer systems of those most vulnerable; governments and financial institutions.
Where does Apple fit into this? Apple helped to pioneer personal privacy and security by encrypting iPhones and iPads in a way where there is not a public key for government officials or hackers to use to gain access to secured information. Google’s Android followed suit. It’s likely that in the next year or two a major country– a country where Apple makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year selling iPhones and iPads– will pass a law demanding such access.
What will Apple do?
If Apple caves into the pressure of such laws expect the security apocalypse to begin. If Apple does not cave, and decides no longer to sell secure devices in that country, the company will be viewed as a hero of the public, but an enemy of the state; but the apocalypse will begin anyway, targeted at those countries which would usurp your personal privacy and security rights.