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Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for Apple’s help (updated)

Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for...

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Update: Attorney General William Barr ratcheted up the standoff when, according to the New York Times, he declared the shooting an act of terrorism. Barr issued an extraordinarily high-profile call for Apple to provide access to the gunman's two iPhones. He also said that to date Apple has provided no “substantive assistance” in doing so.…
Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for Apple’s help

Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for...

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In a move that may signal another high-stakes clash over encryption, the FBI is asking Apple for help decrypting two iPhones believed to have belonged to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man suspected of carrying out a shooting attack that killed three people last month at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The request came…
FBI seeks Apple’s help in unlocking iPhones belonging to Pensacola gunman

FBI seeks Apple’s help in unlocking iPhones belonging to Pensacola gunman

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In a move that may signal another high-stakes clash over encryption, the FBI is asking Apple for help decrypting two iPhones believed to have belonged to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man suspected of carrying out a shooting attack that killed three people last month at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The request came…
FBI prepared Interpol resolution requiring restriction on end-to-end file encryption

FBI prepared Interpol resolution requiring restriction on end-to-end file encryption

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Enlarge / The Interpol HQ in France. Justice Department officials have long pushed for some sort of backdoor to permit warranted surveillance and searches of encrypted communications. Recently, that push has been taken international with Attorney General William Barr and his counterparts from the United Kingdom and Australia making an open plea to Facebook to delay…
FBI misused security information, spied on its own, FISA judgment discovers

FBI misused security information, spied on its own, FISA judgment discovers

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Enlarge / FBI agents ran queries across thousands of US individuals, including potential sources and anyone with access to FBI facilities, against raw metadata from FISA-authorized bulk collection databases. Bloomberg via Getty Images In an October 2018 ruling unsealed and posted on October 8, 2019 by the Office of the Director of Intelligence, the United…
Baltimore’s costs for ransomware: Over $18 million, up until now

Baltimore’s costs for ransomware: Over $18 million, up until now

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Enlarge / Baltimore City Hall, where the ransomware battle continues. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images BALTIMORE—It has been a month since the City of Baltimore's networks were brought to a standstill by ransomware. On Tuesday, Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young and his cabinet briefed press on the status of the cleanup, which the city's director of finance has…
FBI, Flying force detectives mapped North Korean botnet to help shutdown

FBI, Flying force detectives mapped North Korean botnet to help shutdown

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Enlarge / Computer Hacker On January 30, the US Department of Justice announced that it, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations were engaged in a campaign to "map and further disrupt" a botnet tied to North Korean intelligence activities detailed in an indictment unsealed last September. Search warrants…
ACLU to feds: Your “hacking provides a distinct hazard to specific personal privacy”

ACLU to feds: Your “hacking provides a distinct hazard to specific...

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The American Civil Liberties Union, along with Privacy International, a similar organization based in the United Kingdom, have now sued 11 federal agencies, demanding records about how those agencies engage in what is often called "lawful hacking." The activist groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and nine…
Report: FBI opens criminal examination into net neutrality remark scams

Report: FBI opens criminal examination into net neutrality remark scams

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the use of stolen identities in public comments on the government's repeal of net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. The investigation focuses on "whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people's identities were posted to the FCC's website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions…

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