Apple Rehires Security and Encryption Expert Jon Callas Following FBI Dispute

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following its very public encryption battle with the FBI, Apple has rehired software engineer and and security expert Jon Callas, reports Reuters. Callas, who has previously worked at Apple, is known for co-founding encrypted communications services Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corporation.

    Apple's decision to rehire Callas comes amid rumors the company is working on improving the security of its iOS devices. Apple has said it will continually improve security to keep ahead of hackers, and its dispute with the FBI is said to have spurred the company begin work on implementing security measures "even it can't hack."


    Earlier this year, Apple was ordered to assist the FBI in the unlocking of the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, an order it fought because the FBI was asking for new software that would bypass iPhone passcode security measures. Apple insisted the software was "too dangerous to create," setting dangerous precedents that could lead to a weakening of overall device encryption. The FBI eventually dropped the case after finding an alternate method to breach the iPhone, but the fight over encryption is far from over.

    According to Reuters, Callas supports Apple's position and is opposed to companies being compelled to break their own encryption by the government, but he believes law enforcement officials should be able to take advantage of software vulnerabilities, the method the FBI ultimately used to get into Farook's iPhone 5c.
    An Apple spokesperson confirmed the hiring, but did not offer details on what Callas is working on. Callas was formerly employed at Apple in the 1990s and from 2009 to 2011, working on cryptographic security products for OS X and iOS.

    Prior to its dispute with the FBI, Apple also acquired security company LegbaCore to improve the security of its software.

    Article Link: Apple Rehires Security and Encryption Expert Jon Callas Following FBI Dispute
  2. William Gates macrumors 6502

    William Gates

    Oct 26, 2007
  3. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030


    Mar 3, 2010
    Obviously he's working on Apple's/Beats TV show.
  4. iWilliam325 macrumors member


    May 21, 2014
    But still FBI will ask Apple to unlock the phones the next terrorist uses an iPhone to commit new attacks
  5. Baxpin macrumors newbie


    Oct 7, 2012
    He looks like the kind of guy we should all be very afraid of.
  6. HowEver macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    How? By throwing their iPhones at people? Sheesh.

  7. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
  8. Phoenixx Suspended


    Jul 3, 2015
    Possibly, or it is equally possible they will either get the same people to hack into the phone, or use the hack they have already got. Either situation is terrible for Apple, as they have ZERO CONTROL over what happens.

    Apple were extremely arrogant to think they were the only ones that could create software to break into an iPhone in the first place. The real factor was not whether it was going to be created, but who created it, and who's hands it would end up in.
  9. munakib, May 24, 2016
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    munakib macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2011
    He looks like a guy who knows his **** (stereotypical old-school hippie hacker look) and would be wise to have on the consumers side.

  10. Dr.Chroma Suspended


    Apr 11, 2016
    Is that a picture of his Booking Photo from the Jail? Then he makes a quote on the Photo "If I tell you, I would have to kill you." Seems to be fitting.
  11. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030


    Mar 3, 2010
    I literally spit my Wendy's frosty while laughing...
  12. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    Read the comic strip User Friendly and research the character Sid Dabster. Then revisit this person and how he looks.

    In the geek world, like mentioned above, this guy looks like he knows his ****.

  13. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    This is absolute horse-hockey. Increasing security and encryption while not pandering to the demands of a back door into iOS is not a bad thing. If full control means Apple or the government can willingly hack into their own devices, I'd much prefer an Apple that has 'ZERO CONTROL'.
  14. Dr.Chroma Suspended


    Apr 11, 2016

    Ok. But he still scares Me. Not to worried about his credentials.
  15. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Just hide the evidence and encryption keys in that moustache. Kidding. Good on Apple for continuing to focus on security.
  16. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
  17. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    Exactly. which is why with his knowledge, he is exactly the type of person that will give us the means to protect our data.

  18. emm386 macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2016
    "Keeping AHEAD of hackers"? Oh my - someone still hasn't understood the chain of events here - absolutely ridiculous!

    You build a lock, something that is - to the best of everyone's knowledge - secure. Then someone else finds a way around or through it. This vulnerability is being disclosed in one way or another and eventually being used. Who is the one being "ahead" here now? Apple, because the hired a professional who made it really really hard to break into it?

    On a serious note, he probably knows his stuff, and it is a good idea to hire a professional. Smart, yet obvious move by Apple. Nothing outstanding, most security conscious companies would go this way.
  19. dtich macrumors regular

    May 27, 2007
    quiet you newbs. callas is a legend and you just reveal yourselves as fools the more you blabber...
  20. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    I disagree, he looks like the kind of guy who will be on team "save our asses" from the kinds of people who look overly charming in positions that are tasked with intrusive abuse of power and neglection of our rights.

    Glassed Silver:mac
  21. Sasparilla, May 24, 2016
    Last edited: May 24, 2016

    Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Legend is not overstating it here.

    This guy is very good at the encryption side of things - he was a major player in FileVault. One of the best people Apple could have hired. I love seeing Apple do this. They are cranking it down on the security / privacy side of things inside Apple.

    Would love to see Apple rollout the Dark Mail protocol (a project this gentleman's company was involved with previously) en masse - and instantly make realistic encrypted e-mail (including the envelope information) viable in the world.
  22. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Maybe he will be the one double downing on secrecy. Like making sure names of new members of the security team aren't released to the press
  23. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    "as long as they disclose the vulnerabilities afterwards so they can be patched."

    I don't think the FBI feels that way. Besides, the "even the FBI can't hack" is not what it's about, because they didn't hack the phone, someone else did. and Apple's even said the FBI isn't their main target.
  24. Schwyz macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2016
    Up a tree
    This will save our news feed from future court spam.
  25. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Of course he's a legend. Anyone could see that by the pony tail, and the "engineer" shirt, which I am quite certain is button down and short sleeved. :)

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