The “Software Equivalent of Cancer”

I like the way Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, recently described the situation of why Apple is choosing not to unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook — he called it the “software equivalent of cancer” in this TechCrunch article. He position was that if Apple did this time (though they’ve done it other times) it would set the precedent later of expecting Apple to unlock devices in the future AND that guarding the master key that would enable Apple to do that couldn’t be kept safe.

If that’s the case, maybe break up this master key into several pieces and give it to the likes of Apple, Microsoft and the US government. Then when they need to unlock some device all have to agree, further for some hacker to get all pieces they would have to hack into all three, just an idea.