Apple vs. FBI

  • News orgs sue FBI for details on San Bernardino iPhone exploit

    News orgs sue FBI for details on San Bernardino iPhone exploit

    The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA Today, sued the FBI today in an attempt to uncover information about how the law enforcement agency was able to unlock an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. The Justice Department initially sought to force Apple to create custom software that would allow the device to be unlocked, but dropped… Read More

  • FBI to keep Apple guessing on San Bernardino iPhone hack

    FBI to keep Apple guessing on San Bernardino iPhone hack

    The FBI plans not to disclose to Apple the method it used to access an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooting suspect, or submit it for an internal government review, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The FBI announced in March that it had purchased a hacking tool from a third party that enabled it to access data on an iPhone used by Syed Farook. Farook and his wife… Read More

  • Have we seen the last of the All Writs Act in the encryption fight?

    Have we seen the last of the All Writs Act in the encryption fight?

    A judge today officially put an end to the fight between the Justice Department and Apple over unlocking the iPhone of a New York man convicted of selling drugs. U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie denied as moot the government’s request to force Apple to help extract data from the phone after an individual provided the passcode to the government. This is the second time in recent… Read More

  • Digital data and the fine line between you and your government Crunch Network

    Digital data and the fine line between you and your government

    What if the government decided they wanted to see what your device could see and hear? Or gain real-time access to the easily digitized information that surrounds a growing crop of connected devices? The Internet of Things (IoT) is producing reams of data about our daily lives — data that could prove incredibly valuable to law enforcement once they figure out a way to harness it. Read More

  • Apple and the FBI spar at Congressional hearing on encryption

    Apple and the FBI spar at Congressional hearing on encryption

    The FBI’s legal battle with Apple over an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters was rehashed today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which heard testimony from law enforcement officials and technologists about the role encryption plays in criminal investigations. The FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology, Amy Hess, and… Read More

  • Apple doesn’t consider government intrusion a primary iPhone security threat, yet

    Apple doesn’t consider government intrusion a primary iPhone security threat, yet

    Despite Apple’s highly publicized sparring match with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, security engineers pushed back against the idea of Apple as an opponent to the government in a meeting with reporters. Senior Apple engineers feel that government intrusion is not their primary threat model when designing iPhone security and said… Read More

  • Apple tells NY judge FBI has ‘utterly failed’ to prove it needs help unlocking iPhones

    Apple tells NY judge FBI has ‘utterly failed’ to prove it needs help unlocking iPhones

    Apple has strong words for the Justice Department. The simple fact that the feds unlocked a phone without any help shows that they didn’t need it in the first place, Apple asserts: “The government has utterly failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that Apple’s assistance in this case is necessary.” Read More

  • Digital leadership takes center stage ahead of election Crunch Network

    Digital leadership takes center stage ahead of election

    On February 16, Apple CEO Tim Cook published an online letter to customers explaining the recent back-and-forth between the FBI and Apple and reiterating Apple’s very clear stance on the issue. Like many who depend on their mobile device to securely manage their data, Apple wants to remain a credible part of a person’s trust infrastructure and is adamantly opposed to any type… Read More

  • San Bernardino iPhone was hacked using a zero-day exploit

    San Bernardino iPhone was hacked using a zero-day exploit

    When terrorists attacked and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, an iPhone 5c was recovered. The phone was said to contain pertinent information that the FBI really wanted their mitts on, and the Washington Post today reports that it was able to, with the help of professional hackers using a security flaw in the iPhone that was previously unknown. Read More

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