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Dormant cyber pathogens - The odd and scary new twist in the FBI vs. Apple debacle

Dormant cyber pathogens - The odd and scary new twist in the FBI vs. Apple debacle
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The battle between the FBI and Apple over bypassing security on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists isn't anywhere close to being finished. Listen to Kim's free podcast for her take on who is right and what Apple should do, along with the latest news in the case.

Now there's a new twist in the story. San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos has given a compelling reason that the iPhone needs to be unlocked right away. He says that it could contain a "lying dormant cyber pathogen." What is that?

No one knows for sure since "cyber pathogen" isn't a term the tech security community uses. However, it sounds like Michael Ramos is worried that the iPhone could trigger a destructive virus or worm of some kind on the San Bernardino county computer networks.

Here's Michael Ramos' statement on the matter: “The iPhone is a county owned telephone that may have connected to the San Bernardino County computer network. The seized iPhone may contain evidence that can only be found on the seized phone that it was used as a weapon to introduce a lying dormant cyber pathogen that endangers San Bernardino County’s infrastructure … and poses a continuing threat to the citizens of San Bernardino County.”

Being a San Bernardino county employee, the terrorist did have access to the networks prior to the attack. Of course, if that's the case, security experts have said, the terrorist probably would have triggered the "pathogen" before, during or after the attack itself.

As you might guess, security experts are universally skeptical that such a cyber pathogen does exist. Let us know your thoughts on a "lying dormant cyber pathogen" in the comments.

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