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Apple Is A Hypocrite When It Comes To Privacy

June 25, 2019

Over the last few months Apple has made a big deal about privacy and their products. Whether it’s taking out a billboard at CES, making YouTube videos, or mentioning it incessantly at their keynotes, you’d think that Apple was the privacy king. But companies like Google and Facebook have recently called them out on it. […]

Law Enforcement Again Finds Themselves In A Situation Where They Can’t Unlock A Mass Shooter’s Phone

November 8, 2017

The recent mass shooting in a Texas church has been making headlines since Sunday. But related to that is a problem that law enforcement has faced before. The inability to unlock the shooter’s phone to get to critical data that could help in their investigation. News.com has the details on this: An official said at […]

Cost To Unlock An iPhone If You’re The FBI: $900K USD

May 8, 2017

It’s now come to light that the FBI paid $900K USD to a group of iPhone hackers (likely Cellebrite) to unlock the iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino shooter according to Senator Diane Feinstein had inadvertently given out the number during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey. Let me supply you with the visual […]

San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone Has Helped Investigation: Source

April 19, 2016

CNN is reporting via a source, which puts this well into the “take this for what it’s worth” category, that the data that the FBI got from the iPhone that belonging to the San Bernardino Shooter has helped the investigation: FBI investigators now have concluded there was data on the phone they didn’t have previously, […]

FBI Paid Professional Hackers One-Time Fee To Crack iPhone

April 13, 2016

News has come to light in the last 24 hours that the FBI might not have gone to Israeli company Cellebrite to assist in cracking the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter. Instead, The Washington Post is claiming that FBI did not require Cellebrite’s assistance in hacking San Bernardino iPhone. Instead, the report claims, the […]

FBI Says That Method Used To Access iPhone Only Works On A Few Models

April 7, 2016

Here’s a couple of interesting pieces of info that FBI director James Comey dropped in a speech at the Biennial Conference at Kenyon University that CNN attended. First he said this about the tool that was used to access the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook: “The people we bought this from, I know a fair amount about them, […]

FBI Taps Israeli Firm To Unlock iPhone

March 23, 2016

You might recall that the FBI earlier this week backed off from forcing Apple to unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernadino shooter. Now we know who the FBI is is working with.  Reuters is reporting that the FBI has begun working with Israeli mobile software developer Cellebrite to crack open the iPhone in question. So, who is Cellebrite? […]

FBI Delays Case Against Apple As They May Have A Way To Break Into The iPhone

March 21, 2016

This is a plot twist that I didn’t see coming. The FBI has delayed its case against Apple less than a day before a scheduled court hearing  over its demands that Apple help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone. The motion that the FBI filed indicates that the FBI may have found a way onto the phone without Apple’s help: “On […]

Apple Wins Fight In NY To Not Be Forced To Unlock An iPhone

March 1, 2016

Before you think that this story is about THE iPhone that we’ve been talking about for the last couple of weeks, it doesn’t. But it does have a connection to that you’ll see in a second. This story relates to a situation where Apple was asked to help authorities gain access to an iPhone seized as evidence […]

US DOJ Joins FBI In Attempt To Force Apple To Crack iPhone

February 19, 2016

That didn’t take long. News is breaking that the US Justice Department has joined the fight to force Apple to help the FBI break into  an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook who, along with his wife, killed 14 people in December: “Rather than assist the effort to fully investigate a deadly terrorist attack by obeying […]