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April 13, 2016

FBI Paid Hackers to Unlock San Bernardino iPhone

A new report has revealed that the FBI’s means to cracking the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone was by recruiting the help of professional hackers.

One of the biggest news stories of the year just became a tad more interesting. A new report from the Washington Post has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resorted to paying a group of hackers to crack the terrorist’s iPhone, a group of ethically and morally ambiguous hackers, that is.

According to the publication’s sources, the professional hackers or hacking outfit (details are scarce) discovered the flaw that would lead to unlocking the infamous iPhone 5C on their own, before reaching out to the [...]

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April 9, 2016

U.S. Resumes Battle To Force Apple To Unlock iPhone In Separate Case

The Apple/U.S. government legal fight over encryption has resumed. A federal judge has ordered the company to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone in a case separate from the San Bernardino, Calif. terror attack that instigated the first round of this legal battle, according to Yahoo News.

The Justice Department is asking Apple to help unlock a phone in a New York drug case. The government dropped its legal action in the San Bernardino case after announcing it unlocked the iPhone with the help of an “outside party.”

Legal Questions Remain

The new action shows that questions remain about the amount of access law enforcement should have to encrypted devices and the [...]

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April 8, 2016

FBI: Newfound iPhone Unlocking Technique Won’t Work On Newer Devices

The technique the FBI used to unlock an Apple iPhone used in the San Bernardino, Calif. terror attack cannot be used on new devices, FBI Director James Comey told students at Kenyon College in Ohio recently, according to

Comey did not reveal the process the FBI used to unlock the phone, but he said it would not work on the 6S or the 5S. He said the tool only works on a “narrow slice of phones.”

Will The Technique Be Revealed?

Comey was noncommittal regarding Apple’s request to reveal the method the bureau used to unlock the phone. He said he is concerned about the FBI losing the access it currently possesses.

Since announcing its success [...]

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March 24, 2016

FBI Quest To Unlock iPhone Sets Off Race Among Technology Firms

Ever since a judge ordered Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone used by a terrorist the San Bernardino terror attack, scores of technology firms have been trying to beat the FBI to the punch, according to The Wall Street Journal. The prize for such an accomplishment would be a marketing bonanza and lucrative government contracts.

One company, Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd., based in Israel, a unit of Japan’s Sun Corp., demonstrates the possibility of gaining government work. The company is already working with the FBI on the San Bernardino iPhone. Cellebrite says on its website it can fetch data from an iPhone running iOS 8, which is an older version of the [...]

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