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Topic: Encryption Debate

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s at center of Brooklyn drug case

04/08/2016, 11:04 am

The U.S. Justice Department plans to continue seeking legal action against Apple, in an effort to force the company to create a way to unlock an iPhone that is said to be a crucial part of a drug investigation.


Apple's first court-ordered iPhone unlock likely dates back to 2008 case, report says

04/07/2016, 08:04 pm

A report chronicling Apple's history of handling government data requests says the company received, and willingly complied with, its first court order to help unlock an iPhone in 2008. Apple continued on that path until around 2014, when the wider tech industry began clamping down on product security in light of revelations regarding government snooping operations.


White House won't publicly back legislation allowing judges to order decryption - report

04/07/2016, 09:04 am

Despite recent comments by President Obama, the White House won't publicly support upcoming draft legislation that would let judges order companies like Apple to help decrypt their products, a report said on Thursday.


FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

04/07/2016, 09:04 am

The unlocking procedure used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to break into an iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino case cannot be used on new devices, the bureau's director said on Wednesday.


FBI lawyer refuses to say whether data extracted from San Bernardino iPhone is 'useful'

04/05/2016, 11:04 pm

After engaging Apple in a high-profile court battle to unlock a terror suspect's iPhone, the FBI remains mum as to whether or not data gleaned from the device is "useful" to investigators.


Cellebrite again rumored to have accessed San Bernardino iPhone 5c for FBI

04/01/2016, 06:04 pm

Citing inside sources, reports this week claim Israeli data forensics firm Cellebrite provided the FBI with technology to extract information from an iPhone 5c linked to San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook.


FBI's iPhone unlock technique could be kept secret by White House review group

03/31/2016, 11:03 am

The FBI may be entitled to keep secret the technique it used to break into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, as a result of a special White House group designed to review digital security flaws uncovered by federal agencies.


FBI agrees to help crack iPhone 6 and iPod tied to Arkansas murder trial, but method unknown

03/30/2016, 09:03 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday agreed to assist prosecutors in unlocking an iPhone 6 and iPod linked to an Arkansas murder trial, but whether the agency is is leveraging its newfound iPhone exploit is unclear. in cases beyond San Bernardino.


Apple & Google have faced 63 All Writs Act-related orders to access devices, ACLU says

03/30/2016, 01:03 pm

The U.S. federal government has invoked the All Writs Act at least 63 times to compel Apple and Google to help unlock devices involved in investigations, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Wednesday.


As FBI's iPhone exploit remains secret, Apple's security operation in transition

03/30/2016, 12:03 am

Apple got more than it bargained for in its stand against government snooping. With the FBI keeping mum on methods used to extract data from an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, Apple must patch a security hole it knows nothing about, a task one report suggests is made more difficult by a recent reorganization of its security team.


DOJ confirms successful iPhone data extraction, withdraws encryption case against Apple [u]

03/28/2016, 05:03 pm

The Department of Justice on Monday filed to withdraw a legal action compelling Apple's assistance in unlocking an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings, saying it successfully gained access to, and extracted data from, the target device.


Apple requests delay in NYC iPhone encryption case, citing FBI's efforts to unlock San Bernardino phone

03/25/2016, 04:03 pm

Apple on Thursday filed to extend the briefing schedule of a court case in New York regarding a passcode protected iPhone, saying proceedings should be delayed until the FBI reports on the viability of a potential encryption workaround in a tangentially related case in San Bernardino.