“It’s full-on communism … and a general sentiment that if you’re rich, you’re evil. ” Elon Musk
How can you help prevent or lessen the risk for companies and more importantly for people? End to end encryption using on device keys. Many or all cloud providers encrypt, but they all hold the keys. Think about Apple’s iCloud backups for iPhone, iPad, Mac etc. While encrypted, Apple holds the keys. At any point an employee at any of the cloud providers – AWS, Google, Microsoft, maybe more (*1) – or hacker could replicate the backups. Or the NSA, CIA, FBI MSS (China), EU, Russia etc could capture them in transit. So any person who has ever backed up to icloud could have an image backup captured by someone else. With more than 1.8 billion active devices (*2) that is a hugely valuable trove of data including passwords, images, videos, documents, emails, thoughts etc for state security agencies, hackers, criminals etc. All that is required then is access to Apple’s keys. How secure are Apple’s keys? The answer to that is: how many zero-day patches does Apple patch?(*3) No company, Apple included, is perfect. It could be a software bug, burglar, a rogue employee willing to take a $10 million payoff, someone (NSA, MSS etc) who has broken into Apple’s internal systems, a social engineering hack or any number of other ways.
How much would the NSA or CIA pay to have a copy of every email, text message, credit card, passwords to everything, photo and video for 1.8 billion devices? What about a rogue country? What about criminals? It makes a huge target on Apple and on every cloud provider to have the master key just one hack away. Then everything ever backed up on icloud is potentially available.
This same holds for Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and every other company. This is not an attack on Apple, they probably have the best security out there, but it can be improved. Apple planned to add it (*4) back in 2017 or 2018, but caved to FBI pressure. Any company or person that uses iPhones or iPads and iCloud backup etc is vulnerable to an Apple iCloud hack. Any company that uses Google, Microsoft or AWS is at least if not more vulnerable for similar methods.
On device keys means that if your device is compromised, your information is compromised, but that is only 1 person, not 1.8 billion devices all at once. Ditto for Android etc. Thus, if you are a high value target using an iPhone, you could be at risk just like now, but there isn’t one master key that will open every door, just one door at a time making the value of an attack 1.8 billion times smaller.
It isn’t a question of IF this will happen, it is just a question of WHEN it will happen. Who knows, perhaps the NSA or CIA or FBI already has the keys and access to the backups via other methods. When was the last time there was a big stink between the FBI and Apple? It has been a while which is worrying.
The key is that eventually Apple, Google, Microsoft, and/or AWS encryption keys will be lost, just no one knows when. Zero trust is critical to prevent huge damage. Think of the cost of 1.8 billion devices being compromised to credit card companies to replace cards, everyone having to change every password, private photos and videos being accessible, private thoughts and correspondence. They are staggering, in the trillions. And that would be just Apple. Think about the liability to Apple, a huge class action suit. Think about the liability to their cloud providers etc.
1. Providers Apple uses for iCloud, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICloud
2. Number of Apple devices: https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/28/22906071/apple-1-8-billion-active-devices-stats
3. 8 between 1/1/2022 and 9/12/2022 https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/apple-fixes-eighth-zero-day-used-to-hack-iphones-and-macs-this-year/ And more with iOS 16: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2022/09/12/apple-patches-a-zero-day-hole-even-in-the-brand-new-ios-16/
5. More on security:
If you like a centralized, reversible, censorable, seizable, non-pseudo-anonymous, inflationary currency who’s value is set by the whim of people, then the digital dollar is what you want.
If you want to preserve your wealth and freedom, then you will realize that bitcoin and the digital dollar as opposites – except that they both are “digital”.
The philosophy of the democrat party – their need justifies the seizure of the products of someone else’s life – is no different than it was when they were owning slaves, they are just using third parties and flowery language to attempt to justify it. And failing. It truly isn’t need, it is their whims or their desires.
The Democrat party today is the party of both victims and victimizers. Everyone is both a victim and victimizing someone else to try to get ahead.
Instead of free people, making free decisions it is the party of a dog-eat-dog philosophy where everyone’s life and property is held only at the whim of someone else.
Let’s parse “I can’t imagine the Supreme Court wants to give the wealthiest people on earth billions in tax cuts”. There is no annual billionaires wealth tax or taxes on unrealized gains yet. Wyden says that NOT TAXING PEOPLE is a tax cut? Is anyone paying attention to his stupidity? So every year that 100% of your income is not taxed, you got a tax cut. There are grave constitutional issues for imposing taxes on unrealized gains, does anyone in DC care?
Is he the dumbest person in the Senate? Perhaps, but there is plenty of competition.
It won’t be long until this impacting “a few hundred” people is “a few hundred million people.” Remember the $400,000 cutoff is where one is rich or not.
“Build Back Better” is an Orwellian name if ever there was one. The Democrat party and many of their voters believe that your life and the products of it may be disposed of at their whim. The same justification that led to their defense of slavery, just in the third party now: it isn’t “we need it”, it is “someone else’s need justifies taking the hours of your life.”
p.s. If you want to destroy a country and liberty, debase the currency. The degree to which the currency is debased will be proportional to the destruction. MMT is insanity masquerading as economics.
Do you have a right to your own life or not? For centuries the Democrats and their conspirators have said no. Look at the slaveowners. Look at their advocacy for socialism, fascism and communism or other forms of authoritarianism?
Look at the regressive’s destruction of the constitutional protections over the last century. All to get to the point where people will vote themselves into socialism’s slavery.
“She was a fighter. She had a hard life and her attitude always was … basically, all Americans who were not around for World War II were basically spoiled brats.” – Dorene Giacopini on her 105 year old mother’s – Primetta Giacopini’s – views after Primetta passed away in 2021
Right now Fauci, the NIH, CDC etc are saying one doesn’t need a booster for 6 or 8 or more months after the 2nd of the mRNA shots. This is completely inaccurate and no supported by the data. The data from Israel and other places is showing that one needs a booster within 5 months of the second mRNA shot. And they are not recommending them for everyone.
Mark my words, within 6-8 months the CDC, NIH, Fauci and crew will be changing the recommendations to having a booster within 5 months of the second shot and it will be for everyone. Perhaps less than 6-8 months.
Right now it suits the powers that be in DC and the WHO to minimize the number of people getting boosters.
The break through cases on the shots will increase after the 4-5 month timeframe and the current advice will be shown to have been lies or – charitably – bad advice.
One can not post this on Twitter or Facebook because they are covering for the tech oligarchs which are supporting the current misinformation coming from the CDC, WHO and Fauci and the rest of the administration.
“Do you think that General Patton was woke? I don’t think he was too woke. I think he was the exact opposite. You know what woke means? It means you’re a loser. Everything woke turns to shit. Okay, it’s true. It’s true. Look at what’s happening,” Trump said to large applause.
“The press is prepared, and striving to prepare the public, for American shooting in the Far East,” according to a November 1941 memo sent to Henry G. Morgenthau Jr., the Secretary of the Treasury. (from Countdown to Pearl Harbor)
If anyone thinks that the US press was truly free and without an agenda, they are incorrect. The vast majority of the US press has been on the side of authoritarians – whether fascist, socialist, or communist – for more than a century.
Liberty is not the byword of the press in the United States, power and influence is.