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White House won’t share iPhone unlocking method with FBI or Apple

(Reuters) – The company that helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone to get data has sole legal ownership of the method, making it highly unlikely the technique will be disclosed by the government to Apple or any other entity, Obama administration sources said this week. The White House has a procedure for […]

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Senate releases draft of controversial encryption bill aimed at Apple

(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday issued a formal draft of a controversial bill that would give courts the power to order technology companies like Apple to help authorities break into encrypted devices or communications for law enforcement or intelligence purposes. The proposal arrives just days after an earlier draft leaked online and drew […]

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Privacy advocates and security experts condemn leaked Senate encryption bill

(Reuters) – Security researchers and civil liberties advocates on Friday condemned draft legislation leaked from the U.S. Senate that would let judges order technology companies to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking into encrypted data. The long-awaited bill is emerging just as the U.S. Justice Department redoubles its efforts to use the courts to force […]

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Judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock iPhone in Massachusetts case

(Reuters) – A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone of an alleged gang member, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday. “Reasonable technical assistance consists of, to the extent possible, extracting data from the device, copying the data from the device onto an […]

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White House reportedly won’t back encryption bill arising from iPhone case

(Reuters) – The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law enforcement crack encrypted data, sources familiar with the discussions said. The decision all but assures that the years-long political impasse over encryption will continue even in […]

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Why did tech companies take a week to get behind Apple in the FBI standoff?

GUEST: In the midst of the Apple-FBI dispute over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, countless tech companies took the rare step of publicizing views in “friends of the court” briefs, statements, and interviews. The sheer number, nearly 40, filing amicus briefs — Facebook, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft, as well as my own company, AVG — is […]

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Reddit change raises alarm about possible U.S. government spying

(Reuters) – Digital privacy advocates and users of Reddit expressed their alarm on Friday over a change in the forum’s transparency report that suggested it may have been asked to give customer data to FBI investigators under a secretive government authority. The annual report lists a variety of requests the site has received for information […]

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FBI may not have to disclose how it unlocked San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

(Reuters) – The FBI may be allowed to withhold information about how it broke into an iPhone belonging to a gunman in the December San Bernardino shootings, despite a U.S. government policy of disclosing technology security flaws discovered by federal agencies. Under the U.S. vulnerabilities equities process, the government is supposed to err in favor […]

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FBI raises alarm over ransomware targeting U.S. businesses

(Reuters) – The FBI is asking businesses and software security experts for emergency assistance in its investigation into a pernicious new type of “ransomware” virus used by hackers for extortion. “We need your help!” the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a confidential “Flash” advisory that was dated March 25 and obtained by Reuters over […]

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Senate proposal on encryption gives judges authority over Apple

(Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has begun circulating long-awaited draft legislation that would give federal judges clear authority to order technology companies like Apple to help law enforcement officials access encrypted data, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The proposal from Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and […]

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U.S. attorneys ask to vacate Apple court hearing, saying FBI has found a “possible method’ to unlock shooter’s iPhone

U.S. attorneys today asked to vacate the court hearing scheduled for tomorrow, March 22, over the Apple-FBI iPhone encryption case. The reason: FBI might have just figured out a way to get into the phone on its own. “On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking […]

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Tim Cook defends encryption and knocks U.S. government at Apple event

Apple chief executive Tim Cook opened his product introduction event this morning with a reminder to the U.S. government that he’s not budging on privacy. The words were a reminder of Apple’s legal struggle with the FBI over the government’s attempt to force Apple to break the encryption that protects the iPhone that belonged to […]

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