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July 6, 2016

FBI: Hillary Clinton Faces No Charges for Email Hacking

Although he deemed Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email servers while serving as secretary of state, FBI director James Comey said that he would not be recommending criminal charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

In a public conference held in front of the watching world, FBI director James Comey raised questions about Hillary Clinton’s judgement, implied that “hostile actors” had gained access to her email account and even stated that she was “extremely careless” in her use of a private email address and server.

Still, Comey did not recommend any criminal charges against Clinton, who is almost certainly the democratic nominee for 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 AppleInsider.com.

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.”

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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.

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March 2, 2016

Is the FBI Warrant against Apple Legally Suspect?

The Wall Street Journal has come out today in favor of Apple in its legal fight with the FBI in an editorial titled “Apple is Right on Encryption.” The editorial notes that the FBI is invoking a law that only allows them to exercise powers Congress has granted, which in this case it has not. The newspaper says the case is not about privacy but about security for all Americans. 

A California judge ordered the company to design a custom version of its operating software to disable certain security features and allow the FBI to break the password. Apple has cooperated with the probe but argues that forcing it to write new code is illegal.

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March 1, 2016

FBI Director Admits Mistakes Were Made With Apple iPhone After San Bernardino Attack

FBI Director James Comey admitted in a hearing today that mistakes were made with the terrorist’s phone in the early days of the San Bernardino terror attack investigation, but he says the FBI would still need additional data from the Apple phone, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Comey directed his remarks during a congressional hearing on encryption, which is the subject of a legal battle between the agency and Apple since the company refused to help investigators open an iPhone seized in the December terror attack.

A court has ordered Apple to help the FBI bypass the phone’s passcode security system. The agency wants to disable a security feature that shuts down [...]

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