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FBI makes suspect unlock iPhone X in first confirmed instance of forced Face ID

09/30/2018, 11:09 pm

The FBI recently ordered a suspect to unlock his iPhone X via Face ID, in the first known example of police doing so anywhere in the world.

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FBI & other US branches join Justice Department in Cambridge Analytica investigation

07/03/2018, 02:07 pm

A U.S. federal probe into Facebook's data sharing with now-defunct politcal consulting firm Cambridge Analytica has reportedly grown to pull in multiple agencies, including the FBI, the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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FBI warns public to reboot Wi-Fi routers to counter 'VPNFilter' malware

05/28/2018, 09:05 am

The FBI is recommending power cycling Wi-Fi routers as a step to counter "foreign cyber actors" seeding malware known as "VPNFilter."

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FBI reportedly inflated statistics on encrypted cellphone threat

05/22/2018, 10:05 pm

The FBI has for months bemoaned the threat encrypted cellphones pose to ongoing investigations, saying investigators were locked out of some 7,800 devices last year. A new report, however, claims the agency's figures are grossly inflated.

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Apple, other tech companies continue to resist encryption backdoor proposals by FBI, U.S. DOJ

05/02/2018, 02:05 pm

A group made up of Apple and other major technology companies is increasing its efforts to fight attempts by government agencies to force the addition of encryption backdoors, following reports US law enforcement bodies are forming new proposals to gain access to protected data.

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US lawmakers ask FBI director to explain decision to take Apple to court

04/13/2018, 02:04 pm

A bipartisan group within the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, looking for answers on why the agency took Apple to court to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook.

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Investigation finds FBI did not exhaust all options before taking Apple to trial in San Bernardino case

03/27/2018, 08:03 pm

An investigation into the FBI's aggressive attempt to force Apple to assist in the unlocking of an iPhone tied to 2015's San Bernardino shooting suggests a lack of communication, red tape and perhaps political motives were at play in taking the case to court.

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Craig Federighi argues against renewed push for law enforcement backdoor to iPhone

03/26/2018, 09:03 am

Apple's senior VP of software engineering maintained the company's hard line on encryption in response to a story saying the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice are renewing their pursuit of backdoors for searches by law enforcement.

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FBI chief continues his demand for law enforcement access to encrypted iPhones and other devices

03/07/2018, 03:03 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray has continued his fight to make it easier to defeat the encryption-based security of devices like Apple's iPhone, declaring in a speech at Boston College that these security systems could be designed in a way to help law enforcement agencies, as well as updating laws to keep up with changes in technology.

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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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