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Topic: Encryption Debate

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'NAND mirroring' could let FBI break into iPhone without Apple's help, researchers say

03/23/2016, 04:03 pm

Whether or not Cellebrite is involved, the FBI may be able to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook through a process known as "NAND mirroring," security researchers explained on Wednesday.

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FBI using Israeli firm Cellebrite to help break into San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone

03/23/2016, 10:03 am

An Israeli forensic software company, Cellebrite, is helping the FBI try to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, according to a national newspaper.

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Proposed Senate bill grants courts authority to force access to encrypted data

03/21/2016, 09:03 pm

According to a report on Monday, U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders are circulating a draft bill that would give federal courts liberal authority to compel tech company compliance with government requests for access to encrypted data.

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DOJ seeks to delay Apple encryption hearing, says it may be able to unlock iPhone after all [u]

03/21/2016, 07:03 pm

In a last minute motion filed in the ongoing San Bernardino iPhone encryption case, the DOJ on Monday asked a federal court to vacate a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, saying an outside party has come forward with a potential unlock method that would negate the need for Apple's assistance.

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Researchers, Apple collaborate to fix iMessage security hole with today's release of iOS 9.3

03/21/2016, 08:03 am

A bug has been discovered in Apple's iMessage encryption by security researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who have collaborated with the company to help patch the issue in the upcoming iOS 9.3 software update, set to be released to the public today.

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Apple, US prosecutors to present and cross-examine witnesses at iPhone encryption hearing

03/18/2016, 06:03 pm

The U.S. government filed, and was subsequently granted, a request to allow prosecutors and Apple attorneys the chance to present and cross examine witnesses at next week's court hearing over unlocking an encrypted iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino attack.

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FBI issues safety warning to auto makers on vehicle software security

03/18/2016, 01:03 pm

The FBI this week sent out a warning to car makers and owners, alerting them to potential security holes in automotive software, all while still pushing Apple to create a method to break into securely encrypted iPhones.

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Apple employees threaten to quit if forced to build GovtOS, report says

03/17/2016, 06:03 pm

According to a report published Thursday, a number of high-level Apple employees would rather quit their jobs than comply with a court order compelling the creation of an intentionally flawed version of iOS, currently being sought by the FBI in its investigation into the San Bernardino shootings.

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