[cryptography] USG v. Apple and information security doctrine

Ben Laurie ben at links.org
Sat Feb 27 06:02:56 EST 2016


On 27 February 2016 at 07:26, listo factor <listofactor at mail.ru> wrote:
>
> Those that criticize Apple should instead urge Apple's customers
> to use adequate keys. That however flies in the face of prevailing
> doctrine that security of digital systems must require absolute
> minimum of user effort and understanding.
>
> This incident is in my view only one more evidence that this
> doctrine must be reexamined.
>

The doctrine exists because experience shows that if you require users to
use strong passwords to unlock their phones (for example), then they rebel
and work around your requirements somehow. In this case, either by buying a
weaker phone, or finding a way around your requirement.
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