Snippet: Dormant Cyber Pathogens ☇

Shared on March 4, 2016

Rich McCormick for The Verge:

The iPhone at the center of the ongoing legal battle between Apple and the FBI may hold a “dormant cyber pathogen” that could cripple San Bernardino, according to the county’s District Attorney. Michael Ramos’ court filing ascertains that the iPhone, provided to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook by his employers, “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’s infrastructure.”

Clearly someone was watching too many ’90s movies that dealt with technology—this is absurd, not to mention that he used the word cyber. Then again, an iPhone taking down a city’s infrastructure sounds about like a PowerBook 5300 taking down an alien ship (credit goes to commenter “sizer”).

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