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New York case could push DOJ to tell Apple how FBI unlocked San Bernadino iPhone

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 09:57
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple might be able to learn how the FBI unlocked the iPhone 5c used in the San Bernadino shooting if a New York lawsuit goes through.

To date, the FBI has remained mum as to how it unlocked the iPhone without Apple’s help, halting its court case against Apple. Interestingly, the unlocking brought a temporary halt to a second case in New York. There the Department of Justice was using the same All Writs Act argument in a Brooklyn court (above) to demand Apple help it unlock another iPhone in an unrelated drugs case.

That case was deferred in order to await the outcome of the FBI’s unlock attempt.

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Justice Department unlocks San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c through third party, drops case against Apple

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Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, 09:19
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The FBI finally unlocked the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, even without Apple’s help.

The Justice Department announced yesterday that it was able to unlock San Bernadino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c and released the following statement:

The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016.

Accordingly, the government hereby requests that the Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016 be vacated.

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Rumor: FBI reaches out to Israeli mobile forensics company Cellebrite to help unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, 07:31
Category: iPhone, Rumor, security

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When in doubt, go to the Israelis for help.

The so-far unnamed third party that’s helping the FBI try to unlock the iPhone 5c linked to the San Bernadino shootings is Cellebrite, a mobile forensics company based in Israel.

The FBI has reportedly contacted Cellebrite to help break the encryption on the infamous iPhone according to sources close to the story. Cellebrite has not responded to the report. But if it is indeed the “third party” in question, and it is able to break into the terrorist’s iPhone, it would bring the high-stakes legal showdown between the government and Apple to an abrupt end. Cellebrite, considered one of the leading companies in the world in the field of digital forensics, has been working with the world’s biggest intelligence, defense and law enforcement authorities for many years. The company provides the FBI with decryption technology as part of a contract signed with the bureau in 2013.

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Feds claim they have means of unlocking San Bernadino iPhone, ask judge to delay Apple hearing until April 5th

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 08:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The great iPhone Unlocking Controversy of 2016 may have an end in sight.

The United States Justice Department today asked the court overseeing its ongoing iPhone unlocking battle with Apple to postpone a hearing scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 22nd. The DoJ says new leads have been discovered that could provide it with a way to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without involving Apple.

“On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [terrorist Syed] Farook’s iPhone,” federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday afternoon. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”

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Apple releases iOS 9.3 update

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:25
Category: Apple Watch, Archive, iOS, security, Software, Wearables

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Amidst the kerfuffle of the March 21st media event, Apple also dropped the long-awaited iOS 9.3 update.

The update, which weighs in around 310 megabytes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– A fix for the iMessage encryption bug discovered by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The exploit can lead to photos and videos sent via iMessage to be decrypted.

– Night Shift: Some apps like Tweetbot, Kindle, Waze, and Instapaper have a “night mode” so you don’t hurt your eyes trying to read a stark-white screen in a dark room. Apple’s all-new Night Shift feature works differently but has the benefit of being system-wide.

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Some Apple employees might refuse to help FBI unlock iPhone 5c if ordered to do so

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Date: Friday, March 18th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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As the iPhone unlocking controversy roars on, a number of Apple engineers have said they may decide not to cooperate with law enforcement.

Apple employees who might be called on to help the FBI are already considering their actions should Apple lose the case. This is according to interviews conducted by the New York Times with half a dozen people involved in the development of mobile products and security at Apple.

Per the interviews, some said they they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their premium jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees.

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AceDeceiver trojan surfaces on iOS devices in Chinese marketplace, exploits weakness in FairPlay DRM

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 08:31
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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A new variant of iOS trojan has been found in the wild.

The trojan, named “AceDeceiver”, has been found to infect non-jailbroken iOS devices, was discovered by Palo Alto Networks and is currently affecting iOS users in China.

The malware exploits a flaw in Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system. It apparently uses a technique called “FairPlay Man-in-the-Middle,” which has been used to spread pirated iOS apps in the past by using fake iTunes software and spoofed authorization codes to get the apps on iOS devices. The same technique is now being used to spread the AceDeceiver malware.

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Justice Department mentions that it could compel Apple for iOS source code to create back door to unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 08:00
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The Justice Department is now stating that it could potentially demand Apple hand over iOS source code and a signing key in the San Bernadino iPhone case.

A recent court filing states that the Justice Department made the proposal as a footnote in a recent rebuttal of Apple’s arguments in the case. In the brief, government laywers said they have so far pursued their current strategy — asking Apple to build a passcode limit break for the FBI — because they thought handing over code would be “less palatable” to the company.

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Proposed California State Assembly Bill could work against smartphone encryption

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 07:22
Category: Android, Google, iPhone, News, security, Software

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For California smartphone users, this hits pretty close to home.

Assembly Bill 1681, a California State Assembly bill, would ban default encryption on all smartphones. The bill, introduced in January by Assemblymember Jim Cooper, would require any smartphone sold in California “to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” This could be even more drastic than what’s going on with Apple’s legal showdown in the San Bernadino iPhone unlocking case.

Both Apple and Google currently encrypt smartphones running their iOS and Android operating systems by default. A.B. 1681 would undo this default, penalizing manufacturers and providers of operating systems $2,500 per device that cannot be decrypted at the time of sale.

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Justice Department cites Apple as “having raised technological barriers” in San Bernadino iPhone unlocking case

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 22:52
Category: Archive, iPhone, security, Software

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This is probably the next step in the escalating war between Apple and the Justice Department.

The Justice Department on Thursday issued a statement claiming Apple’s rhetoric of privacy protection in the San Bernadino iPhone 5c unlocking case to be “false”.

Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a court order requiring Apple to write new software and take other measures to disable passcode protection and allow access to shooter Rizwan Farook’s iPhone.

Apple has yet to comply, stating that the government’s request would create a back door to devices that could not be removed from existence and could be used by criminals and governments. Apple added that Congress has not given the Justice Department the legal authority to make such a demand.

Apple has also attacked the FBI investigation as “shoddy” and portrayed itself as “the primary guardian of Americans’ privacy,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday.

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