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Topic: Encryption Debate

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apple unlikely to learn details of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

04/14/2016, 12:04 am

Apple, in an effort to protect customers against a heretofore unknown iPhone vulnerability, has sought information regarding a working encryption exploit used by the Justice Department in its investigation into the San Bernardino terror attacks. A new report, however, suggests the passcode bypass technique will likely remain secret.

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FBI has yet to find actionable intel from breached San Bernardino iPhone, report says

04/13/2016, 11:04 pm

A report Wednesday claims FBI agents have not yet discovered useful information from an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, a device that just last month was at the center of a high-profile court battle involving Apple.

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Senate draft bill requires companies extract, decrypt data for law enforcement

04/13/2016, 06:04 pm

Two high-ranking U.S. senators on Wednesday released to the public a proposed bill that would grant courts the authority to order tech companies dealing in hardware, software or services help law enforcement agencies gain access to encrypted communications.

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FBI reportedly paid 'gray-hat' hackers, not Cellebrite, for zero day exploit in San Bernardino iPhone case

04/12/2016, 10:04 pm

In the latest development of what appears to be a never-ending guessing game, a report on Tuesday claims FBI officials purchased a zero day exploit from a group of professional security researchers as part of its successful effort in breaking into an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack.

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FBI Director Comey calls 'emotion' surrounding Apple case unproductive, says encryption needs legislative resolution

04/12/2016, 08:04 pm

Two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation withdrew its legal action against Apple, agency director James Comey on Tuesday said the difficulty of squaring national security policies with consumer privacy rights was the most onerous of his government career.

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Boston judge orders Apple help FBI access iPhone 6, falls short of forcing decryption

04/08/2016, 07:04 pm

Recently unsealed court documents show Apple in February was ordered to assist the FBI in accessing an iPhone tied to a Boston court case, but the government has seemingly abandoned its pursuit as the ruling fell short of forcing Apple to bypass its own security.

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Leaked Senate encryption bill called 'ludicrous, dangerous' by security experts

04/08/2016, 05:04 pm

A proposed U.S. Senate draft bill that would give courts the authority to compel tech company compliance in law enforcement requests to encrypted data leaked online Thursday night, and by Friday security experts and civil rights advocates were dismantling the policy, calling it ill-informed and potentially dangerous.

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Apple says it won't sue FBI to find out how San Bernardino iPhone 5c was hacked

04/08/2016, 03:04 pm

Saying that whatever method was used by the FBI will have a "short shelf life," Apple on Friday revealed it has no intention to sue the bureau in an effort to find out how it hacked the iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in California.

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