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Topic: Encryption Debate

LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

05/05/2016, 09:05 am

An iPhone 5S being held as evidence in the investigation of a 2014 murder has reportedly been unlocked by the Los Angeles Police Department, though the timing of the crime suggests that the phone in question may not have been protected by encryption.


Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

05/03/2016, 04:05 pm

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.


Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours over encryption row

05/02/2016, 03:05 pm

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.


FBI should disclose iPhone vulnerability to Apple, Edward Snowden says

05/02/2016, 10:05 am

Infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has once again weighed in on the Apple-FBI battle, this time saying that the bureau should disclose the vulnerability used to crack the San Bernardino iPhone in the interest of national cybersecurity.


Los Angeles court orders woman to unlock Touch ID-equipped iPhone for FBI

05/02/2016, 09:05 am

Through a Los Angeles court, the FBI recently obtained a warrant forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, according to a report.


FBI reportedly paid less than $1M for San Bernardino iPhone exploit

04/28/2016, 10:04 pm

A report on Thursday claims the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation spent less than $1 million on an exploit used to access an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, far below a previously estimated sum of more than $1.3 million.


FBI says San Bernardino iPhone hack won't be submitted to review group for possible disclosure

04/27/2016, 02:04 pm

The FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties, a report said on Wednesday.


FBI's first vulnerability tip to Apple came on April 14 for already-patched flaw

04/26/2016, 09:04 pm

Apple on Tuesday said the FBI divulged its first vulnerability tip under a White House process for sharing digital security flaws with private corporations on April 14, but the information was useless as Apple had already patched the issue nine months earlier.


FBI still deciding whether to allow review of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

04/26/2016, 03:04 pm

The FBI has yet to decide whether an exploit used to crack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook will even be reviewed for possible disclosure, agency director James Comey said on Tuesday.


DOJ withdraws motion to force Apple to unlock NYC iPhone [u]

04/22/2016, 09:04 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday withdrew an appeal seeking Apple's help in accessing data from a locked iPhone 5s tied to an ongoing New York drug case, saying an unnamed individual furnished the device passcode on Thursday.


FBI paid over $1.34M for hack into San Bernardino iPhone, agency's director says

04/21/2016, 04:04 pm

The FBI paid more than $1.34 million to hack into the iPhone 5c of dead San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, agency director James Comey admitted on Thursday.


Apple-backed coalition opposes Burr-Feinstein encryption bill in open letter

04/20/2016, 09:04 am

A group of four tech industry associations -- representing businesses like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google -- have published an open letter opposing a draft bill by U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, which would make it possible for courts to order help bypassing encryption.


Dearth of new data from San Bernardino iPhone helpful to FBI investigation, sources say

04/19/2016, 10:04 pm

Law enforcement sources on Tuesday said that while an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings has yielded no actionable intel, the dearth of new information has actually helped the FBI investigation into the terror attack.


Apple denied Chinese government requests for source code twice in last 2 years

04/19/2016, 04:04 pm

Chinese authorities have asked Apple to turn over source code twice in the past two years, but the company refused in both cases, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell told a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday.


US government requested information on nearly 5,200 Apple accounts in past 6 months

04/19/2016, 02:04 am

In its latest report on government requests for user information released Monday, Apple revealed U.S. law enforcement agencies lodged 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015.


Average iPhone user unlocks device 80 times per day, 89% use Touch ID, Apple says

04/19/2016, 12:04 am

While reports covered the broad strokes of Apple's conference call on encryption last Friday, bits of information are still surfacing, including an interesting statistic that reveals an average iPhone user unlocks their device about 80 times a day.


Apple lauds own encryption efforts, says hackers are primary iPhone threat

04/15/2016, 08:04 pm

Apple engineers jumped on a conference call with press outlets shortly following Friday's New York court filing to tout the company's encryption efforts, while at the same time making clear that those protocols are in place to protect against hackers, not government intrusion.


Apple says FBI has failed to prove necessity in New York iPhone unlock case

04/15/2016, 05:04 pm

Apple in a court filing Friday argued the FBI has "utterly failed" to prove necessity in its request for assistance in extracting data from a passcode-locked iPhone related to a New York drug case.


Apple to again square off against FBI in Congress over encryption

04/14/2016, 06:04 pm

Apple's top lawyer is scheduled to appear before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee next week, presumably to offer testimony on the pitfalls of granting law enforcement privileged access to encrypted devices.


FBI requests warrant to unlock iPhone 5c connected to California murder investigation

04/14/2016, 03:04 pm

Rather than seeking Apple's assistance, the FBI plans to work with its own San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to obtain data from a seized iPhone 5c involved in a murder investigation, if it is awarded a warrant to do so.