The iPhoneís Fingerprint Scanner Has Shady Government Ties, Anonymous Says
By Patrick McGuire | Motherboard
Yesterday, just as the US government shut itself down and put 800,000 people temporarily out of work, the hacktivist group Anonymousówho the FBI wrongly declared to be dead in Augustóreleased a video statement with an accompanying Pastebin document claiming that there are definitive links between AuthenTec, the company that developed the iPhone 5Sís fingerprint scanner, and the US government.
Anonymous has drawn the connections between AuthenTec and the US government by first pointing out that the company is a spin-off of the Harris corporation. Harris pulls in $6 billion dollars of revenue yearly and, according to its Wikipedia page, the company ďproduces wireless equipment, electronic systems, and both terrestrial and spaceborne antennas for use in the government, defense, and commercial sectors.Ē Judging from Harrisí own press releases, which Anonymous linked to in its Pastebin release, the firm makes a ton of money from US government contracts. Plus, AuthenTec is run by dudes like Frederick Jorgensen, who came from the Raytheon Corporationóa private defense contractor.
The connections between AuthenTec and the US government donít end there. As Anonymous points out, in 2010 AuthenTec named Robert E. Grady as the chairman of the biometrics-loving company. Just in case youíre playing with an incomplete deck of Military-Industrial Complex trading cards, olí Grady served in George H. W. Bushís White House.
After that, he was the managing partner and chairman of Carlyle Venture Partnersóa division of the Carlyle Group. What does that mean? Well, the Carlyle Group invested $910 million into Booz Allenóthe private intelligence firm that Edward Snowden worked for. The Snowden connection is one that has obviously put Carlyle, and Booz Allenís influence over the government, into question.
Anyway, Robert E. Grady only stuck around at AuthenTec for about six months before resigningóand things were looking bleak for the company at that point. It wasnít long after that AuthenTec started flirting with the idea of selling Apple its technology, but of course Apple just decided to buy AuthenTec outright for $356M, much to the dismay of AuthenTecís shareholders who sued Apple almost immediately. In response, the US District Court told them to fuck off and gave Apple a high-fiveóand now a new wave of fingerprint scanning iPhones are helping to set sales records for Apple.
So itís pretty clear that AuthenTecís connections to elite government and military circles are realóand to anyone who has been following the NSA leaks of 2013, itís obvious that there is a pervasive attitude within the NSA itself to collect any and all data it can. To really drive that point home, Anonymous refers to documents stolen from ManTech, yet another private security firm, that describe the Department of Defenseís ďurgentĒ requirement to develop a ďmulti-functional, multi-domainÖ matching system to achieve identity dominanceĒ in the field of biometrics.
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