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Topic: Encryption Debate

Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro & the ARM Mac on the AppleInsider Podcast

07/26/2019, 08:07 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about the 16-inch MacBook Pro rumors, just how effective Facebook's $5 billion fine from the FTC will be, and the pending antitrust investigation into big tech companies.

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US Attorney General Barr doubles down on encryption backdoors call

07/23/2019, 03:07 pm

The US Attorney General William Barr has waded into the ongoing encryption debate, claiming the encryption of data is putting the security of America at risk by stopping law enforcement officials from being able to track criminals, and calling for the creation of security-defeating backdoors that somehow do not weaken encryption.

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White House mulls end-to-end encryption ban to aid law enforcement

06/28/2019, 03:06 pm

The Trump administration are looking into the possibility of banning encryption techniques that cannot be broken by law enforcement, a proposal that would weaken encryption as a whole for users and businesses, and could make messaging clients like Apple's iMessage stop using end-to-end encryption.

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Cellebrite says it can pull data from any iOS device ever made

06/15/2019, 09:06 am

Israeli mobile device forensics company Cellebrite proclaimed on Friday that it can break into any iOS device, including those running iOS 12.3.

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Huawei under pressure, pushing down on Intel, ZombieLoad and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

05/17/2019, 08:05 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William is back to talk about Zombieload, Zombieland, Huawei, Intel and 5G.

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Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over encryption

04/23/2019, 12:04 pm

Speaking at Time Magazine's first-ever Time 100 Summit on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a variety of topics, most notably saying he wished the company's encryption battle with the U.S. Department of Justice had gone to court.

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FBI director says there may be 'solutions' to end-to-end encryption debate

03/05/2019, 05:03 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray once again hammered home his opposition on end-to-end encryption on Tuesday, suggesting that there are "solutions" for letting law enforcement bypass security measures without exposing consumers.

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Cellebrite iPhone hacking tools selling on eBay for as little as $100

02/27/2019, 03:02 pm

Meant to be used only by law enforcement, Cellebrite hacking tools for iPhones and other smartphones are reportedly selling on eBay for sums as low as $100.

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Apple's intensifying privacy & encryption stance worsening FBI struggles with lawbreakers 'going dark'

02/27/2019, 09:02 am

Because of Apple's and other companies' stances on end-to-end encryption, the U.S. government's trouble in intercepting online communications is only accelerating, according to an executive assistant director with the FBI.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein says companies like Apple are trying to 'defeat legitimate law enforcement'

11/29/2018, 05:11 pm

Keynoting a cybercrime conference on Thursday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attacked the encryption stances of companies like Apple while simultaneously arguing for the importance of security.

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Apple joins other tech giants denouncing Australia encryption backdoor proposals

10/03/2018, 07:10 am

Apple is joining Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook in opposing a proposed law in Australia that would force companies to provide law enforcement officials access to encrypted data for the purposes of fighting crime, or face steep penalties.

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How iCloud helped convict Paul Manafort

09/23/2018, 05:09 pm

The former Trump campaign manager has reached a deal to plead guilty to federal charges, cooperate and avoid a second trial. How the longtime political fixer's misuse of Apple products and services, and poor operational security, helped bring about his downfall.

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Privacy not absolute: US among consortium of nations calling for encryption back doors

09/03/2018, 08:09 am

The privacy of Internet users "is not absolute," according to a statement from a five-country coalition that includes the United States following a meeting about security, with the overall theme demanding technology companies to make social networks and messaging services safer and to offer more support to government agencies to break encryption and access potentially sensitive data.

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US DOJ wants Facebook to help wiretap Messenger, report says

08/17/2018, 10:08 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly pushing Facebook to disable or otherwise break end-to-end encryption in its Messenger text and voice messaging service as part of a criminal investigation into the MS-13 gang.

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Australian parliament will debate bill to weaken encryption by end of 2018

08/13/2018, 09:08 am

Australia's government will debate proposed legislation before the end of this year that could force Apple and other companies to introduce backdoors into their products and services, such as the iPhone or iMessage, under the guise of assisting with national security and law enforcement investigations.

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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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'Secure Data Act' would block US from demanding backdoors in Apple's iPhone

05/11/2018, 10:05 am

A new bill being proposed in U.S. Congress would theoretically ban any attempt at imposing legal backdoors into devices like Apple's iPhone.

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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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Researcher estimates GrayKey can unlock 6-digit iPhone passcode in 11 hours, here's how to protect yourself

04/16/2018, 08:04 pm

New estimates from a security researcher suggest GrayKey, a digital forensics tool in active use by U.S. law enforcement agencies, is capable of cracking Apple's standard six-digit iPhone passcode in an average of 11 hours. Longer codes, however, could take years to process. Here's how to beef up your handset's security.

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James Comey tears into Apple, Silicon Valley over encryption policies in new book

04/16/2018, 10:04 am

Former FBI director James Comey is extremely critical about Apple, other tech companies, and their policies when it comes to encryption in his new book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership."

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