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Topic: Encryption Debate

FBI said to have missed opportunity to unlock Texas shooter's iPhone

11/08/2017, 06:11 pm

In the first 48 hours after Devin Kelley opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people, neither the FBI nor other law enforcement agencies asked for Apple's help in unlocking Kelley's iPhone or linked accounts -- possibly missing a critical opportunity, according to one report.

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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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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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Apple's Tim Cook says company aiding in UK terrorism investigations

06/06/2017, 09:06 am

Apple is helping the U.K. government in its investigations of recent terrorist attacks, CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in a TV interview, adding that the company's preference for encryption doesn't mean it lacks information it can share with authorities.

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iPhone messaging app Signal wins approval for use by U.S. Senate staffers

05/17/2017, 10:05 am

The U.S. Senate has quietly approved Signal, an encrypted messaging app for iPhone and Android, for use by the government body's staff.

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WhatsApp encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs, but may be vulnerable

05/09/2017, 09:05 am

Facebook-owned WhatsApp quietly began encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs in late 2016, a report revealed this week -- though that protection may now be compromised.

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Sen. Feinstein claims FBI paid $900K to crack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

05/08/2017, 01:05 pm

The FBI paid approximately $900,000 to a third party to help break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said recently when questioning FBI director James Comey at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

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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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News agencies ask court to force FBI to reveal cost, source of San Bernardino iPhone hack

02/21/2017, 10:02 am

The U.S. government should be forced to reveal how much the FBI paid for tools to unlock an iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shooting investigation, three major news organizations insisted to a judge on Monday.

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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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Turkish authorities seeking Apple's help to unlock iPhone 4s found on assassin

12/22/2016, 01:12 pm

Following the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Apple has reportedly been asked to unlock the shooter's iPhone 4s recovered after the gunfight for more information regarding the man, and insight on his colleagues.

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee determines encryption backdoors against national interests

12/21/2016, 05:12 pm

In a rebuke to the anti-encryption campaign waged by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation--with Apple as a target--the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Encryption Working Group issued a report today stating "any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest."

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Florida appeals court orders man to surrender iPhone passcode

12/15/2016, 09:12 am

A Florida man accused of voyeurism can be forced to share the passcode of his iPhone 5, the state's Second District Court of Appeals ruled this week, potentially challenging established interpretations of the Fifth Amendment.

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UK police turn to stealing in-use iPhones from suspects on the street, bypassing encryption

12/05/2016, 09:12 am

U.K. law enforcement has turned to legalized "street robbery" to avail themselves of suspected criminals' iPhones, snatching them after the owner unlocks them to prevent contents from being irretrievable by forensics teams.

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Manhattan DA's office says it has 423 uncracked Apple devices in evidence room

11/16/2016, 11:11 am

The Manhattan district attorney's office now has 423 uncrackable devices in its evidence room, all of them Apple products running iOS 8 or later, according to a new report.

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Indian government snaps up Cellebrite tech to help crack iPhones & other devices

11/04/2016, 11:11 am

The Indian government is reportedly buying rights to the same Cellebrite technology the FBI may have turned to when trying to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.

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FBI investigation of Minn. mall mass stabbing may rekindle iPhone encryption debate

10/07/2016, 03:10 pm

The FBI has the phone of Minnesota alleged terrorist and mass-stabbing perpetrator Dahir Adan, and is investigating how to gain access to the data contained within.

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