Posts tagged with: iPhone 5C
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    The FBI would have loved to get Apple's help in breaking into the iPhone 5c from its San Bernardino terrorism investigation, but Apple wasn't playing ball. And before the courts could sort out just how much assistance the government could legally demand from the iPhone maker, the FBI backed out of the proceedings, claiming that it had managed to get into the smartphone without Apple at all. The agency's been keeping tight-lipped about exactly who helped it access the phone in question, but today we're learning a little more about just how this all happened, as FBI Director James Comey ...

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    From what we've been told, it seems that Apple had a fairly unsatisfying talk about how highly it puts security in front of its customers. Sure, there may have been some interesting new methods to show off here, but if we're to go by the conclusions one commentator who was at the technical briefing on Friday made, we may have something to chew over. Tech.pinions's Ben Bajarin made some observations from his attendance at the technical briefing. First off, a couple of carrots for us factoid chasers: iPhone users typically unlock their devices 80 times a day with heavier users unlocking ...

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    In addition to setting a dangerous precedent, compromising decades of diligent work in the service of user privacy protection, and possibly building a master key for all of the world’s iPhones that could always fall into the wrong hands, Apple’s supporters in its FBI deadlock also argued there was probably nothing relevant on Syed Farook’s handheld. Nothing about a supposed third San Bernardino assailant, nothing about other planned attacks or living terrorists affiliated with the two killed on December 2, 2015. And now, CBS News claims to have heard from a “law enforcement ...

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    Apple might never get to find out exactly how law enforcement managed to elude its “impenetrable” iOS encryption on an iPhone 5c owned by a San Bernardino shooter at the time of the heinous 2015 attack, but another important piece of the unlocking puzzle may have just been uncovered. Forget everything you thought you knew about the nature and authors of the cyber-intrusion, as “people familiar with the matter” tell The Washington Post it was actually “professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw.” No Israeli ...

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    Leonardo Fabbretti lost his adopted son, Dama, to bone cancer late last year. The grieving father wanted to see what was on his son's iPhone 6, but he wasn't able to access the contents of it. Even though Dama registered his dad's fingerprint for Touch ID, a restart occurred and required passcode entry — a passcode Fabbretti didn't know. After months of conversations with Apple support and a letter to Tim Cook, Fabbretti still had no recourse. Dama didn't use iCloud, so retrieving anything there was useless. However, after hearing media reports on the story, Israeli mobile forensics ...

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    When the government announced late last month that it no longer needed Apple's help to break into a locked iPhone 5c handset, we found ourselves left with more questions than answers. Would Apple face similar legal pressure in the future, the next time an encrypted device found itself tied to a terrorism investigation? Was there actually anything worth finding on the iPhone central to this case? And how exactly did the FBI ultimately crack its way in? It may be some time before we have all those answers, if we get them at all, but we know Apple itself has been especially curious about that ...

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    Late last month, the saga of the FBI and its locked iPhone 5c reached what seemed like an uneventful end, as the government backed down from its demands that Apple help break its own product in an effort to discover what, if any useful information might be stored on a handset once owned by terrorists. After Apple's big legal showdown fizzled out, where are we left? In the time since the feds told Apple they wouldn't be needing its help after all, we've continued to follow this story and its possible repercussions. This week we get a couple new updates, including word about our chances of ...

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    An Arkansas prosecutor's office was the first local law enforcement agency to request the FBI's help to decrypt a case-critical iPhone. It's expected to be the first of many — we know of quite a few requests for Apple to decrypt iPhones that may be retracted and sent instead to the FBI. "As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners," the FBI said in a letter to local authorities. "Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints." That help may ...

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    Oh, how it must sting that Apple needs law enforcement cooperation now, after so many adamant refusals of its own assistance in a very delicate and complex terrorist attack investigation! But hands down the most ironic thing about this point of Cupertino’s FBI dispute is the intelligence service can’t be compelled to disclose the hacking technique used on Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c. Tim Cook could always sue, which would be even more ironic, and argue a so-called “Vulnerabilities Equities Process” applies here. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly an official or legal act, but rather ...

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    All’s well that ends well. But has the colossal Apple – FBI squabble on delicate matters like device encryption, data protection and counter-terrorism efforts really ended well for both parties involved? At least one? Not exactly, and ultimately, this long, contested battle will probably go down in the history books as a tie. On one hand, the Cupertino-based tech giant stood its ground against the US Department of Justice, and evaded any definitive laws passed in Congress forcing it to comply with court orders in cases of private information extraction from iDevices. On the other, law ...

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    The past month and a half have been a wild one for Apple, the FBI, digital security pundits, and users concerned with their privacy, as we followed the government's efforts to break into an encrypted iPhone 5c handset involved in a terrorism case. Apple was initially ordered to produce software that would enable the FBI to easily brute force its way into the phone, but Apple fought back, preparing for a legal showdown with broad consequences. We were all ready to see Apple get its day in court last week, but at the last moment the government changed its tune, reporting that it may have ...

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    Smartphone encryption is law enforcement's new boogeyman, and the right of citizens to protect their data and communications from prying eyes is directly under attack on multiple fronts. With so many forces conspiring to weaken our phones' security, we'd been looking forward to Apple getting its day in court to fight the government's efforts to compel it to re-write iOS code with the express purpose of defeating intentional security measures. Unfortunately for those of us anticipating this showdown, Apple never got its chance to defeat the order, and the DoJ backed out of the proceedings ...

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    From the beginning, the real problem of the whole Apple v. FBI case came down to decrypting an iPhone 5c that belonged to Syed Farook, one of the suspected shooters who killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The FBI and a magistrate judge ordered Apple to assist investigators in doing so. Apple has since been fighting against that order. Bullet point for bullet point, the rhetoric has flown fast between the two sides and the court of public opinion took its sways. But it could be that the underlying issue that triggered the potential question of ...

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    Next Tuesday is Apple's big day in court as it fights back against a government order attempting to compel the company to develop software that could threaten the security of its iOS mobile platform. Over the past few weeks, we've seen the merits of Apple's resistance debated to near-exhaustion, and supporters of both Apple and the feds alike are interested in seeing Apple's motion finally ruled upon. As we get ready to see how that story unfolds, an interesting new twist has come up, with the government requesting that Apple present witnesses for the purposes of cross-examination. Apple ...

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    If the FBI is able to enforce a court order that would force Apple to assist in the decryption of an iPhone 5c that was in the hands of a mass shooter, the company's engineers would have several options to resist against having to work on the order. In fact, they could potentially leave Apple off the hook in complying with the agency. The New York Times has interviewed several current and former Apple employees involved in the development and engineering of products and security as well as former executives. These employees stand with not only CEO Tim Cook's insistence that the ...

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    As a presidential candidate that prides himself on “telling it like it is”, as well as his ‘uge dingus, Donald Trump has sure been caught lying a lot lately. Trump University is under scrutiny, and so was the Republican front-runner’s knowledge of David Duke and the former KKK Grand Wizard’s anti-Semitic views in recent weeks. On a much lighter note, Tim Cook should probably be relieved to hear the controversial but surging politician couldn’t stay away from his iPhone for more than a few weeks. Remember the Apple boycott he randomly pleaded for during a rally back in February ...

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    Right now, the FBI is trying to compel Apple to develop new software that would allow it to more easily break the security on the locked iPhone 5c that's currently at the center of the San Bernardino terrorism investigation. As configured, the smartphone's set to permanently destroy the means to access its encrypted data if an incorrect PIN is entered too many times, and the FBI wants Apple to craft a special version of iOS that would disable this countermeasure. While Apple waits to see how its motion to dismiss the order plays out in court, security experts are questioning whether or not ...

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    The FBI, San Bernardino County District Attorney, the local Police Department and all their highly-placed politician supporters have never been able to provide a very compelling argument for why a specific iPhone 5c owned by a terrorist needs to be decrypted. Until Friday, that is, when San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan made a fairly solid case for the unlocking of the device for the sake of clarity. Clarity regarding the number of December 2, 2015 assailants. According to Burguan, “the majority” of surviving witnesses testified to seeing or hearing only two Inland Regional ...

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    Although it’s probably far from settled, the legal battle between Apple and the FBI over a specific iPhone’s encryption but actually way more than that already provoked all the feelings. You may have started off somewhere in the middle, understanding the stances of both involved parties, and you likely groaned at Trump’s boycott pleas, shed a tear as a San Bernardino survivor’s husband announced his unlikely support for Cupertino, and laughed when an iPad Pro froze in front of Congress. While it’s virtually impossible now to maintain a neutral position concerning the privacy war ...

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    Various polls conducted on the heels of Apple’s refusal to comply with a court order and assist the FBI in decrypting an iPhone 5c potentially containing information relevant to the San Bernardino shooting investigation have perhaps surprisingly shown most Americans don’t share Tim Cook’s stance on privacy. But even as all remaining Republican presidential candidates and miscellaneous public institutions turn up the heat on Apple to give up security for this “particular” device, the tech giant’s opposition is unflinching. More so after an unexpected favorable New York district ...

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    From the moment last week when Apple was ordered to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone related to the 2015 San Bernardino Inland Regional Center attack, the company made its position clear: it would resist efforts that would force it to create new software that undermined the security of its operating system. And while Apple's unwillingness to comply has been in the headlines ever since, the company still needed to make its stance official. Today it does just that, filing a 65-page motion asking the court to vacate its earlier order. In its motion, Apple lays out its case for why the ...

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    The world is basically split in half when it comes to Apple’s recent clash with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US courts and other government institutions in regards to breaking the encryption on an iPhone 5c owned by a San Bernardino mass murderer at the time of the December 2015 massacre. There are those radically opposing Cupertino’s stance, arguing the tech giant is siding with terrorists. Meanwhile, many of the industry’s shot callers unconditionally support Tim Cook in his fight for online and mobile privacy. Finally, some voices are positioned in the middle, asking for ...

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    As the papers, folders, experts, laypeople, presidential candidates and lawyers line up to play their role in what could be the start of a legal saga that will determine how government treads upon encryption, it seems that the party who may hold the most emotional sway in this case have chosen a side. Stephen Larson, a federal judge turned private lawyer, is now representing some of the victims of the San Bernardino shootings and has said to Reuters that they will file legal briefs on the side of the government. The government has ordered Apple to create a version of its iOS mobile ...

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    Apple believes it is fighting a fight that should not have had to surface in the first place. As Cupertino is in the midst of digging up facts and arguments to counter a law enforcement order and the US government's subsequent force de frappe in enforcing it, it has found a key fact that could subvert the basis of that order. The company was already assisting the FBI's investigation into San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. Farook, who, along with his wife, killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center, died in a subsequent shootout with police. BuzzFeed News reports ...

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    One of the most high-profile battles in the fight to ensure the security of our smartphones is currently underway, as Apple pushes back against a court order demanding the company cook up some new iOS code that would allow the government to bypass a number of key security features protecting the iPhone from prying eyes. Apple's resistance to comply with the order has proved to be enormously controversial, though the company has found support from some of the biggest names in mobile tech. As Apple prepares to fight this action tooth-and-nail, the company's retained the services of some of ...

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