FBI Continues to Debate Sharing iPhone Hack With Apple

The FBI has not decided whether to share with Apple details about how the bureau hacked into an iPhone linked to a California terrorism investigation, the bureau’s director says. James Comey discussed the situation during a speech Wednesday evening at Kenyon College in Ohio. He called their ability to get into the iPhone a “technological corner case” and said the flaw the FBI exploited in Apple’s software works only on a “narrow slice of phones” – the  iPhone 5c, running version 9 of Apple’s mobile operating system, not on newer…

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FBI Trick for Breaking Into iPhone Likely to Leak, Limiting Its Use

The FBI’s method for breaking into a locked iPhone 5c is unlikely to stay secret for long, according to senior Apple Inc engineers and outside experts. Once it is exposed, Apple should be able to plug the encryption hole, comforting iPhone users worried that losing physical possession of their devices will leave them vulnerable to hackers. When Apple does fix the flaw, it is expected to announce it to customers and thereby extend the rare public battle over security holes, a debate that typically rages out of public view. The…

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FBI Assures It Will Help Authorities Unlock Devices When Allowed by Law

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assured law enforcement across the United States that it will help unlock mobile devices such as iPhones involved in investigations when it is allowed by law and policy. The FBI said in a letter to local authorities that it understands the challenges they face and that they lack necessary tools to monitor and investigate the communications of suspects who use encrypted mobile devices, according to the correspondence obtained by Reuters on Friday. “As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider…

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Apple Could Use Brooklyn Case to Pursue Details About FBI iPhone Hack: Report

If the US Department of Justice asks a New York court to force Apple Inc to unlock an iPhone, the technology company could push the government to reveal how it accessed the phone which belonged to a shooter in San Bernardino, a source familiar with the situation said. The Justice Department will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case, according to a court filing on Tuesday. The Justice Department this week…

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Apple Remains in Dark on How FBI Hacked iPhone Without Help

The FBI’s announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they can’t keep their most personal information safe. Meanwhile, Apple remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product. The government said it was able to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, but it didn’t say how. That puzzled Apple software engineers – and outside experts – about how the FBI broke the digital locks on…

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FBI Says More Time Needed to Know if iPhone Can Be Unlocked

It will take at least two weeks to know whether an alternate method will unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, the head of the FBI’s Los Angeles office said Tuesday, adding that federal investigators think they have “a good shot.” Government officials were asked to file a status report in court about the alternate method by April 5 because that’s how long they think it will take to know if the method will unlock the phone without compromising the data it contains, said David…

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