Now whether or not Apple will eventually comply or be forced to comply remains to be seen, but in the meantime John McAfee has recently stepped forward and offered his services to decrypt the iPhone. In an editorial published by Tech Insider, McAfee claims that he and his team will be able to decrypt the iPhone in as short as three weeks.
This isn’t so much that McAfee believes that what the government is demanding from Apple is right, but rather he thinks that if he can decrypt it, then there would be no need for Apple to have to create backdoors for law enforcement officials to access in the future. McAfee writes, “If the government succeeds in getting this back door, it will eventually get a back door into all encryption, and our world, as we know it, is over.”
He adds, “In spite of the FBI’s claim that it would protect the back door, we all know that’s impossible. There are bad apples everywhere, and there only needs to be in the US government.” McAfee claims that the reason he thinks he will be able to break into the iPhone is because he works with people that the government might not typically employ.
McAfee says, “And why do the best hackers on the planet not work for the FBI? Because the FBI will not hire anyone with a 24-inch purple mohawk, 10-gauge ear piercings, and a tattooed face who demands to smoke weed while working and won’t work for less than a half-million dollars a year.” To that end, he also said that if he does not succeed in decrypting the iPhone, he will eat his shoe live on the Neil Cavuto show.