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Topic: FBI

Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

02/14/2018, 11:02 am

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.

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FBI agents dish on Tim Cook, Apple in private texts discussing iPhone encryption debate

02/08/2018, 08:02 pm

Documents recently aired in an ongoing investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton probe show texts between two agency officials discussing 2016's encryption debate, offering a revealing look at government sentiment at the time.

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Apple educating FBI, other police on accessing data from iPhones, Macs & iCloud

01/16/2018, 02:01 pm

Despite the appearance of conflict between Apple and U.S. law enforcement, the company is not only cooperating in many search requests but actually training the FBI and other police forces.

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FBI forensic expert calls Apple 'evil genius' for strengthening iPhone encryption

01/11/2018, 01:01 pm

FBI officials continue their attack on Apple's iPhone encryption, with the latest remarks against the company's moves coming from a senior forensics examiner -- and only one day after similar remarks were made by the FBI director.

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FBI director reignites 'not so clean cut' encryption debate

01/09/2018, 05:01 pm

More than a year after the last high-profile showdown between the FBI and Silicon Valley over widespread encryption, recently-installed FBI Director Christopher Wray again signaled that his agency will continue to fight for access.

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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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US appeals court upholds gag orders on national security letters to firms like Apple

07/17/2017, 03:07 pm

The FBI can indeed serve companies like Apple national security letters that come with a gag order, preventing them from telling customers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday.

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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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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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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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Yahoo email surveillance linked to court order, Apple denies any similar requests

10/06/2016, 03:10 pm

Yahoo's tool to scan the contents of customer emails came as a result of a U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order last year, and was created by adapting otherwise benign software, a report indicated on Thursday.

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FBI sued to divulge info on San Bernardino iPhone 5c encryption hack

09/16/2016, 02:09 pm

A trio of journalistic establishments have filed a freedom of information lawsuit, attempting to compel the FBI to divulge information about the hack it purchased to break into the San Bernardino shooters' iPhone 5c.

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FBI director calls for restart of smartphone encryption debate

08/01/2016, 03:08 pm

FBI Director James Comey appears ready to relaunch the debate about encryption legislation with tech companies before "something terrible happens," and alters the course of the discussion.

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After Apple's objections, UK removes encryption backdoors from Investigatory Powers Bill before passing

06/07/2016, 05:06 pm

The U.K. House of Commons has passed a limited version of its Investigatory Powers Bill after removing controversial elements that would have demanded that manufacturers like Apple to weaken or build backdoors into their encryption products.

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US Senate introduces bill that would limit FBI's power to remotely hack devices

05/20/2016, 10:05 am

The FBI's attempt to expand its surveillance and hacking authority, spotlighted by a public spat over encryption with Apple, has met resistance from members of the U.S. Senate, where a newly introduced bill would block search warrants for remote devices [updated].

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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.

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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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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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