FBI expert calls Apple "jerks" when it comes to unlocking phones


Remember last year when Apple refused to turn over a special version of iOS to the FBI (dubbed Govt. OS)? This special software would have allowed the G-Men to open the Apple iPhone 5c that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Apple refused to hand over Govt. OS because it was worried that if it somehow was stolen from the FBI, the software would make every iPhone owner vulnerable to having the personal information inside their iPhone stolen by a hacker. Speaking yesterday in Manhattan at the International Conference on Cyber Security, FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley called Apple …


Apple says it has approached the FBI to help unlock Texas church shooter's iPhone

On Wednesday, Apple told the media that it has approached the FBI to see if the G-men need help unlocking the iPhone belonging to Texas church shooter Delvin Kelley. According to an Apple spokesperson, the FBI did not respond to the tech titan after it offered help. With the demise of the shooter from a self-inflicted gunshot. Apple says that had the FBI contacted them quickly, it could have helped the law-enforcement agency gain access to the data on the phone.

Apple would have told the FBI to use the deceased’s fingerprints to unlock the phone before the scanner automatically shut down. …

Judge says FBI doesn't have to reveal how it hacked into dead terrorist's Apple iPhone 5c

Early last year, one particular question caught the attention of consumers who follow smartphones and mobile technology. How would the FBI open up the Apple iPhone 5c that belonged to terrorist Syed Farook, who allegedly shot 14 people to death in cold blood on December 2nd in San Bernardino, California. Later that same day, police tracked down Farook and fatally shot him on a San Bernardino street.

While searching Farook’s home for evidence, police happened upon his iPhone 5c. The handset, which ironically had been given to the terrorist by his employer, the San Bernardino County Department …

Fired FBI director James Comey gets cookie delivery to take away the pain

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The firestorm of political outrage and intrigue following President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey has led some to call for increased scrutiny and perhaps even official action regarding the move. But in Comey’s own neighborhood, the response has been a lot more warm and fuzzy thanks to a local caring mom. 

As the former FBI official recovers from his sudden takedown at his McLean, Virginia, home, one of his neighbors decided to send him a care package full of homemade cookies delivered by her own daughter.  Read more…

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FBI cannot hack into locked iPhones newer than the iPhone 5c

The tool utilized by the FBI to hack into a San Bernardino terror suspect’s iPhone does not work on devices more recent than the iPhone 5c.

The unlock method, though to have been provided by Israeli firm Cellebrite, cooled down the simmering dialogue between the FBI and Apple, with the former demanding a way into the device on the basis of national security. But it seems only a matter of time before the FBI or another authoritative agency reignites the debate, particularly if the next locked iPhone is a newer model.

As you’ll probably be well aware, Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have recently been at loggerheads over the locked iPhone 5c, which belonged to the terror suspect Syed Farook.

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The FBI huffed and puffed, demanding that Apple provide a way for authorities to extract info from locked iOS devices. Apple would not budge. But just as it appeared as though a lengthy court battle would play a central role in the wider, ongoing debate on consumer data protection, the FBI found another way into the handset and things quietened down.

FBI director James Comey admits that its new-found tool doesn’t work for the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, so this protracted conversation with Apple is not going away any time soon. The Bureau has long remonstrated with Apple for access to an iPhone 5s belonging to a drug dealer, and even though a judge ruled in Apple’s favor, the FBI has since launched an appeal.

Though Apple has requested the FBI disclose how it got into the iPhone 5c in question, the government appears to be playing hardball. Speaking at Ohio college’s Center for the Study of American Democracy, Comey says that the FBI is undecided on whether to provide the info to Cupertino. The Bureau is also confident that the supplier of the tool will continue to keep its methodology under wraps.