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FBI Serves Apple Warrant to Gain US Senator's iCloud Data

Thursday May 14, 2020 4:07 am PDT by
Apple has been served a warrant by the FBI to obtain information on the iCloud account of U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who is being investigated for controversial stock trades linked to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Los Angeles Times, FBI agents served Apple the warrant "in recent days" to gain access to the ‌iCloud‌ data. The...

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Encryption: We Can't Have an 'Entirely Unfettered Space Beyond the Reach of Law Enforcement'

Tuesday March 5, 2019 11:54 am PST by
Encryption should not provide an "unfettered space" for criminals to hide behind, FBI Director Christopher Wray said today in an interview at the RSA conference, a cybersecurity event in San Francisco. As noted by CNET, Wray said that while the FBI is not seeking backdoors in electronics, encryption needs to have limitations. "It can't be a sustainable end state for there to be an entirely...

First Case Surfaces of Law Enforcement Forcing Suspect to Unlock iPhone With Face ID

Monday October 1, 2018 4:03 am PDT by
A Forbes report has highlighted the first known case of law enforcement forcing a suspect to unlock an iPhone using Face ID. The incident reportedly happened in August when federal agents obtained a warrant to search the house of a man in Columbus, Ohio, as part of a child abuse investigation. Apple marketing image for Face ID According to case documents, FBI agents got 28-year-old Grant...

FBI Forensic Examiner Stephen Flatley Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses' for Encrypting iPhones

Thursday January 11, 2018 7:58 am PST by
Senior FBI forensic examiner Stephen R. Flatley spoke at the International Conference on Cyber Security yesterday, and during the talk he discussed Apple and the FBI's differing opinions on the topic of smartphone encryption. According to Motherboard, Flatley described the company as "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for creating iOS device encryption that is so powerful as to prevent Apple itself from ...

FBI Didn't Ask Apple for Help Unlocking Texas Shooter's iPhone in First 48 Hours [Updated]

Wednesday November 8, 2017 2:23 pm PST by
In the aftermath of a deadly shooting at a Texas Church on November 5th, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies failed to immediately ask Apple for help unlocking shooter Devin Patrick Kelley's iPhone, reports Reuters. According to a source that spoke to Reuters, the FBI did not contact Apple for about 48 hours after the shooting, missing a critical window where the iPhone in question...

FBI Unable to Retrieve Encrypted Data From 6,900 Devices Over the Last 11 Months

Monday October 23, 2017 1:17 pm PDT by
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation was unable to retrieve data from 6,900 mobile devices that it attempted to access over the course of the last 11 months, reports the Associated Press. FBI Director Christopher Wray shared the number at an annual conference for the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Sunday. During the first 11 months of the current fiscal year,...

Senator Reveals FBI Paid $900K for Hacking Tool Used to Open San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

Monday May 8, 2017 6:17 am PDT by
A year after the public disagreement between Apple and the FBI, which centered on the passcode-locked iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino terrorist, one of the major questions remains how much the United States government and the FBI paid for the tool it used to crack open the iPhone. That question became so focused upon that a trio of news organizations filed a lawsuit to find out the exact amount...

Donald Trump Criticizes Apple for Opposing iPhone 'Backdoor' Order: 'Who Do They Think They Are?'

Wednesday February 17, 2016 7:05 am PST by
Donald Trump, a leading Republican candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, has spoken out against Apple's refusal to help the FBI access data on an iPhone 5c used by shooter Syed Farook in the 2015 San Bernardino attacks. Trump, who appeared on the morning news show Fox and Friends this morning, said he agrees "100 percent with the courts" about the matter, as reported by Politico....

Leaked Documents Suggest CIA Work on Hacked Version of Xcode, OS X Installer Exploit

Tuesday March 10, 2015 11:47 am PDT by
United States Central Intelligence Agency researchers have been working for years to crack the security of Apple's iPhone and iPad, and may have done so through the creation of a modified version of Xcode, Apple's software development tool designed for developers. According to secret documents obtained by The Intercept, at a 2012 "Jamboree" that focused on security flaws found in various...