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Judge tells FBI it cannot use 18th Century law to force Apple to unlock iPhone

New York court deals blow to government as it seeks access to encrypted phones - including one used by San Bernadino killers<p>A federal judge has ruled that the US Justice Department cannot use a 227-year-old law to force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data, dealing a blow to …

Secrets, lies and the iPhone: A CIA whistleblower talks about Obama’s bizarre secrecy obsession — and why Hillary and Bernie won’t talk about it

<b>Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders (AP/Reuters/David Becker/Carolyn Kaster/Andrew Harnik/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>This isn’t about Apple vs. the FBI — it’s about a “progressive” president with a dismal record on civil liberties<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>February 27, 2016 5:00pm (UTC)<p>It’s one of the …

These Are Apple’s Top 10 Legal Points In The iPhone Encryption Case

In a motion filed Thursday, Apple asked that the FBI’s court order demanding it help hack into an iPhone 5c be vacated.<p>Apple lawyers Thursday fired back at the federal district court that ordered it to help the FBI hack into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.<p>Apple has made no …

Apple just hired the developer of Edward Snowden's favorite encrypted chat app

Apple has indicated that it plans to upgrade the security on iPhones and its iCloud service so that even it can't access the data it stores.<p>It's just an internship, according to Frederic Jacobs, but it's a sign that Apple is very serious about locking down its products with encryption. Signal is …

Encryption

Judge Confirms Carnegie Mellon Hacked Tor and Provided Info to FBI

A rumor has been circulating for a while that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) provided information to the FBI, which led to the feds …

I got hacked mid-air while writing an Apple-FBI story

“I don’t really need to worry about online privacy,” I used to think. “I’ve got nothing to hide. And who would want to know what I’m up to, anyway?”<p>Sure, I’m a journalist, but I’m not an investigative reporter, not a political radical, not of much interest to anyone, really.<p>That was last week, when …

Privacy

FBI Wins Lawsuit Forcing Apple To Install Spyware On iPhone Devices

This tech legend perfectly nails why the government shouldn't spy on you even if you have nothing to hide

It's especially prescient against the backdrop of Apple's ongoing fight over encryption with the FBI, and as a US Senator reportedly works on a bill that would make it a crime for companies not to have a "backdoor" to decipher private messages.<p>Interestingly enough, Zimmerman himself became the …

Privacy

Apple wanted to keep iPhone encryption issue private, but the FBI made it a public fight

In what would otherwise be an uneventful news week, save for Donald Trump and the Pope getting into a bizarre spat, Apple and the FBI butted heads in …

What if San Bernardino Suspect Had Used an Android Instead of an iPhone?

How Apple's FBI standoff shows its mobile advantages over Google.<p>What if Syed Rizwan Farook had used an Android device?<p>Farook, the alleged shooter in the San Bernardino, Calif., terror attacks, the center of what may become <i>the critical</i> tech issue this year, owned an iPhone. And a judge ruled that …

Facebook blocks messaging encryption service Crypter

Following publicity from major tech news outlets, Crypter, the encryption service designed to encrypt chat messages, has been blocked by social media …

How White Hat Hackers Stole Crypto Keys from an Offline Laptop in Another Room

"The attacks are completely non-intrusive: we did not modify the targets or open their chassis."<p>In recent years, air-gapped computers, which are disconnected from the internet so hackers can not remotely access their contents, have become a regular target for security researchers. Now, researchers …

Apple Unlocked iPhones for the Feds 70 Times Before

A 2015 court case shows the tech giant was willing to play ball with the government before—and is only stopping now because it might ‘tarnish the …

The Government Isn't Reading as Much of Your Online Data as You Thought

Good news: It turns out the government probably isn’t reading quite as many of your e-mails as you might have thought.<p>That’s according to a recently …

NSA’s director says Paris attacks “would not have happened” without crypto

In an interview with Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff published today, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers …

I'll decrypt the San Bernardino phone free of charge so Apple doesn't need to place a back door on its product

Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.<p>It has finally come to this. After years of arguments by virtually …

Privacy

The Obscure 1789 Statute That Could Force Apple to Unlock a Smartphone

Using the All Writs Act to force decryption of smartphones is the next stage of the crypto wars.<p>Law enforcement have asked a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York to compel Apple, Inc. to unlock (and possibly decrypt) an iPhone. In response, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein has asked …

Why you shouldn't throw out your boarding pass

The FBI Wants $38 More Million to Buy Encryption-Breaking Technology

The Bureau is making its fight against the “going-dark” one of its top priorities.<p>For more than a year, FBI Director James Comey has been publicly complaining about how much of a hard time his agents, as well as local and state cops, are having when they encounter encryption during their …

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Canadian Cops Can Decrypt PGP BlackBerrys Too

Court docs show the RCMP accessed encrypted messages in at least a couple of cases.<p>On Monday, Motherboard reported that leading Dutch forensics investigators say they are able to read encrypted messages sent on PGP BlackBerry phones—custom devices which are advertised as more suited for secure …

Blackphone 2

Blackphone is the world’s first private smartphone<p>Protect your data and keep mobile communications private with the Silent Circle Enterprise Privacy …

Is Your Messaging App Encrypted?

Most companies could still read your messages if needed.<p>The debate over encryption — and whether or not companies can read your private messages — is heating up for tech firms.<p>Presidential hopefuls are arguing about it. Officials like FBI Director James Comey have publicly criticized tech companies …