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Topic: encryption

Encryption debate may start anew with discovery of Sutherland Springs shooter's smartphone

11/07/2017, 04:11 pm

The Sutherland Springs church shooting in Texas is likely to restart the smartphone encryption debate, with the FBI in possession of the shooter's locked and encrypted smartphone.

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FBI director says smartphone encryption hindering investigations 'across the board'

10/23/2017, 08:10 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Sunday revealed strong smartphone encryption has prohibited his agency from gleaning data from more than half of the devices it attempted to access in the past 11 months, hindering progress in a wide range of ongoing investigations.

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Federal judge rules FBI not obligated to reveal details about San Bernardino iPhone 5c penetration tool

10/02/2017, 10:10 am

More than a year after the original filing, a judge has ruled that the FBI is not required to disclose any information on how it entered the iPhone 5c gathered as potential evidence in the San Bernardino shooting incident.

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Encryption key for iPhone 5s Touch ID exposed, opens door to further research

08/17/2017, 02:08 pm

Just prior to a hacker's conference, a participant has revealed that the iPhone 5s Secure Enclave has been hacked, and the decryption key for it has been revealed. However, at present, there is nothing for iPhone users to immediately worry about.

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Blackberry joins Apple in gaining NSA approval for secure communications

07/20/2017, 11:07 am

BlackBerry has received approval from the National Security Agency (NSA) to sell tools for securing phone calls and text messages to the United States government, with the former smartphone producer joining Apple on the list of companies endorsed for federal government use.

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Australian government to ask for voluntary access to encrypted Apple data

07/17/2017, 10:07 am

Australia's attorney general will reportedly meet with officials from Apple later this week in a bid to gain voluntary sharing of encrypted data with the country's spy and law enforcement agencies.

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European Union seeks to ban backdoors for encrypted communications

06/19/2017, 10:06 am

A European Parliament committee has published a draft report proposing that the ability for citizens to protect their data with encryption should be protected, including banning any possibility of government sanctioned backdoors to encryption protocols that could be used by law enforcement officials.

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Securely record and view 'home videos' with your partner with Rumuki app for iPhone

05/26/2017, 03:05 pm

If you're looking for an ephemeral video sharing app, limiting the recipients to two people who must both consent to viewing the recorded video, iOS-exclusive app Rumuki fits the bill.

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UK official calls for government access to encrypted iMessage, WhatsApp messages

03/27/2017, 10:03 am

Apple and other tech companies must provide government intelligence agencies access to encrypted messaging services, the United Kingdom's Home Secretary declared in the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack, claiming there must be "no place for terrorists to hide" from surveillance.

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Report verifies some iCloud credentials held by hacker group as valid

03/24/2017, 02:03 am

A hacker group attempting to hold Apple ransom with claims it has hundreds of millions of iCloud credentials in its possession recently sent a batch of 54 UK-based accounts for testing, all of which were deemed legitimate.

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Apple responds to latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, says iPhone and Mac exploits fixed

03/23/2017, 10:03 pm

Apple issued a statement in response to Thursday's WikiLeaks release of CIA-gathered iPhone and Mac exploits, saying a preliminary assessment reveals the vulnerabilities to be years old and long since patched.

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US Attorney General claims a 'few weeks' needed to harvest data from rioters' locked iPhones

03/23/2017, 09:03 am

The U.S. Attorney General coordinating the prosecution of 214 of the demonstrators arrested during the inauguration has declared that the cell phones, including iPhones, obtained during the arrests will be unlocked in the next few weeks.

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WikiLeaks documents show CIA struggling to crack Apple gear, little danger to everyday folk

03/08/2017, 02:03 pm

While the revelations that the CIA has its own device penetration department, including a section for Apple equipment, a closer look at the revealed data shows an agency struggling with the realities of modern surveillance, and a increasingly sophisticated investigation target base.

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Apple says 'many' exploits revealed in CIA leak already patched in latest iOS version

03/07/2017, 10:03 pm

Apple late Tuesday issued a response to the WikiLeaks CIA data dump, saying "many" of the supposed iOS exploits have already been addressed in the most recent version of its flagship mobile operating system.

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WikiLeaks document dump reveals CIA iPhone penetration team, insecurity of exploit library

03/07/2017, 11:03 am

A new batch of 8,761 files was released on Tuesday by WikiLeaks that alleges that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has a dedicated iOS exploit team -- and lacks the ability to keep the attack vectors under lock and key.

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Hacker uncovers files suggesting Cellebrite used codes from jailbreak tools to defeat iPhone security

02/02/2017, 02:02 pm

Cellebrite, the digital forensics company believed to have helped the FBI break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, may have repurposed other existing cracking tools used for jailbreaking iPhones, according to a new cache of files allegedly sourced from the security firm.

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Insufficient Samsung security forces UK military communications project to switch to modified iPhone 7

01/26/2017, 03:01 pm

A program in the United Kingdom to allow members of the armed forces to discuss military secrets using a smartphone will now involve a modified iPhone 7 with hardened security, replacing insecure Android devices

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Facebook adds macOS-compatible USB security keys for cryptographic account security

01/26/2017, 12:01 pm

As part of a security and privacy revamp, Facebook is offering users worried about their privacy and potential account compromises a new authentication procedure, one that relies upon a physical security key to perform extra authentication before an account can be accessed.

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Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

01/12/2017, 04:01 pm

Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.

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Leaked documents show breadth of iPhone data accessible by Cellebrite forensic tool

12/22/2016, 10:12 pm

Thanks to the recent encryption debate many smartphone owners are keenly aware of personal data stored on their iPhone, from contacts to calendar entries to photo metadata and more. Newly leaked documents relating to Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite demonstrate how much of that information is available to law enforcement agencies, at least when a device is left unencrypted.

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