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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook saw an iPhone in a nearly 350-year-old painting

    05/25/2016 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    CNBC Tech Transformers ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Arjun Kharpal
    Apple's Tim Cook saw an iPhone in 350-year-old paintingThe Apple chief executive joked saying he thought he knew when and where the iPhone was invented. Apparently the iPhone was invented nearly 350 years ago, according to Apple boss Tim Cook's interpretation of a painting. During a chat at the Start-up Fest event in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Cook spoke to former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes about topics ranging from health to the future of TV. But the pair shared an anecdote from the night before when Kroes took Cook to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. "Do you happen to know Tim, where and when...
  • IPhone, iPad Owners Must Enter Their Passwords More Often (FLASH video at source)

    05/20/2016 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | May 19, 2016 | by Don Reisinger
    Apple has quietly changed a policy that has resulted in iPhone and iPad owners having to more frequently enter passwords to unlock their devices.Users must now enter a passcode anytime the device’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor hasn’t been used in the past eight hours or when the device hasn’t been unlocked with a passcode in the last six days. In such cases, Touch ID is turned off until users enter passcodes.Apple-tracking site Macworld noted the little-noticed change and investigated the reason behind it. It found users who claimed that Apple’s passcode requests had become increasingly frequent.Apple has long required that...
  • Apple to be exempted from 30% sourcing norms by (India) Government Panel

    04/28/2016 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    India Times Economics Tech ^ | 28 April 2016, 9:18 AM IST
    The US-based company has sought approval from the government on setting up single-brand retail stores in the country. A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. The company had given a detailed presentation to the committee headed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek on April 19, on its products, technology, innovations and camera. "The committee has found that the company's products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from...
  • Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in ... Trump ... on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S.

    05/17/2016 9:55:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 17, 2016 | interview with Vivek Wadhwa
    Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in on Donald Trump's rant on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S. | Watch CNBC Live TV
  • Apple falls anew after iPhone 7 report; loses most valuable crown to Alphabet

    05/12/2016 2:22:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | May 12, 2016: 2:28PM
    “Apple stock tumbled to its lowest level in nearly two years on Thursday, following a report that Asian component suppliers are seeing weak orders related to the upcoming iPhone 7,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Japanese business publication Nikkei Asian Review reported Thursday that Taiwan-based tech suppliers expect to get significantly fewer orders from Apple in the second half of this year compared with the year-earlier period,” Seitz reports. “They cited the ‘ongoing slump in demand for premium smartphones and a lack of groundbreaking features for the upcoming iPhone 7.'”“Apple shares were down more than 2.5%, near 90,...
  • Apple & SAP Partner to Revolutionize Work on iPhone & iPad

    05/06/2016 10:43:45 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 7 replies
    Apple ^ | 5/5/2016 | CUPERTINO, California and WALLDORF, Germany
    CUPERTINO, California and WALLDORF, Germany May 5, 2016 Apple and SAP today announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining powerful native apps for iPhone and iPad with the cutting-edge capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can easily build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs. This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS...
  • Apple Will Analyze iPhone of Teen Missing at Sea (Video at source)

    05/01/2016 10:55:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 29, 2016, 5:18 PM ET | By EMILY SHAPIRO
    Apple will analyze the recovered iPhone that may hold the key to what happened last summer when two Florida teens disappeared on a boating trip, according to an agreement reached by the teens' parents in court today. The recovered iPhone belonged to 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, who went missing while on a boat trip with Perry Cohen, also 14, in July. The Coast Guard led an eight-day search in the Atlantic, covering 50,000 nautical miles. The boys' bodies were never found. But Austin's iPhone was on board when the boys' boat was recovered last month about 100 miles off the coast...
  • FBI paid less than $1M for iPhone hack -- and doesn't know how it works

    04/29/2016 10:57:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    CNet ^ | April 29, 20166:39 AM PDT | by Katie Collins
    Earlier reports suggested the iPhone-unlocking mechanism cost as much as $1.3 million. How much does it cost to hack into an iPhone? Not as much as we thought. The FBI paid less the $1 million to hack into the iPhone 5C of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Reuters reported Friday, a figure lower than some observers had previously estimated. FBI Director James Comey said last week the government had spent more money than he was set to make over the remainder of his tenure running the bureau. This was calculated to be $1.3 million. The software mechanism purchased...
  • Study Casts Doubts on Apples Ethical Standards: Research on 1,261 pay stubs shows that Apples prot

    04/25/2016 3:30:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    China Labor Watch ^ | February 24, 2016
    In 2013, China Labor Watch (CLW) began investigating the labor conditions of workers at Pegatron Corporation factories in China making products for Apple... This year, CLW collected 1,261 pay stubs from Pegatron Shanghai workers, 13 times as many as stubs as last year. The documents were gathered with the assistance of 18 Pegatron workers coming from 12 departments... 1) Workers are paid at a rate of 1.82 USD/hour. 2) On average, overtime pay as a percentage of workers gross wages is 42.4%. 3) Workers work more than 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. 83.8% workers monthly overtime hours...
  • Inside Apple's top secret iPhone factory: Tech giant provides a glimpse of huge Chinese plant [tr]

    04/25/2016 6:28:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 25, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Lined up with military precision, hundreds of employees wait to make iPhones at one of the most secretive factories in the Apple production line. Dressed in pink jackets, blue hairnets and plastic slippers, the workers have their ID badges scanned on an iPad by a supervisor at morning roll call. From there, they make their way in single file to the assembly line but not before undergoing facial recognition checks at security turnstiles to clock in. Pegatron Corp employs up to 50,000 people to assemble iPhones at its plant in Shanghai which covers an area the size of 90 football...
  • FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone (Video at site)

    04/21/2016 4:34:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | April 21, 2016 | Associated Press
    FBI Director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey hinted at an event in London on Thursday that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. Comey was asked during a question-and-answer session at an Aspen Security Forum event how much the FBI paid for the method from an unidentified third-party to access the phone. He did not give a precise...
  • Hackers use Congressmans iPhone to demo ability to listen into calls, monitor texts, track location

    04/18/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Ben Lovejoy
    CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, left, with hacker Karsten Nohl Update: Rep. Ted Lieu has now written to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requesting a formal investigation into the vulnerability. In his letter, the Congressman says that the flaw threatens ‘personal privacy, economic competitiveness and U.S. national security.’ The full text of his letter can be found at the bottom of the piece.Apple may take iOS security so seriously that it’s willing to do battle with the FBI over it, but German hackers have demonstrated that all phones – even iPhones – are susceptible...
  • Gangs, drugs, and guns keep the pressure on Apple

    04/10/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 9, 2016 | By Bruce Brown
    p>Apple’s issues with the Department of Justice and U.S. courts haven’t ended. The FBI was able to crack the San Bernadino, CA terrorist’s iPhone 5c with outside help and subsequently withdrew its legal action. U.S. District Courts in Boston and New York have ongoing investigations with gangs, guns, and drugs and the DoJ wants Apple’s help, as reported by  Yahoo! UK Finance. Court papers were released Friday from a February 1 filing in Boston, during which a judge ordered Apple to unlock a phone seized from an alleged gang member.  This order took place before February 16, when Apple was...
  • FBI wants Apple to unlock New York drug dealer's iPhone in new case

    04/10/2016 1:14:39 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    IBTimes UK ^ | April 9, 2016 12:03 BST 80 | By Joe Gamp
    FBI spills the beans on how it hacked the iPhone to US senators The US Justice Department is looking to file a court order to force Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone that was obtained as part of a New York drug dealing case, it has been reported on 9 April. The move follows a recent attempt in March to force the tech giant to crack an iPhone used by a terrorist in the December 2015 attacks in San Bernardino, California. The San Bernardino order was reportedly dropped the US government said the FBI had unlocked the phone...
  • Judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock iPhone in Massachusetts case

    04/10/2016 1:04:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Venture Beat Reuters ^ | APRIL 8, 2016 2:12 PM | Reuters
    (Reuters) A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone of an alleged gang member, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday. Reasonable technical assistance consists of, to the extent possible, extracting data from the device, copying the data from the device onto an external hard drive or other storage medium and returning the aforementioned storage medium to law enforcement, U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler wrote. Apple has been under pressure in recent months to assist law enforcement agencies in searching its iPhones after the U.S. Justice Department...
  • BROWN, CUOMO RACE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE -- KASICH TOPS BAY AREA IN NEW POLL

    04/09/2016 10:30:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 136 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/5/2016 | Staff
    REGIONAL BREAKDOWNS: SoCal is head over heels for Trump (Trump 49 percent; Cruz 34, Kasich 13) , Central Valley leans Trump (Trump 39, Cruz 26, Kasich 18), and Inland Empire for Cruz (Cruz, 43, Trump 30, Kasich, 9). Silicon Valley and the Bay Area? Kasich trounces Trump 43-36, with Cruz at 14.
  • Feinsteins response to Apple-FBI dispute bad for privacy, security

    04/08/2016 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    SiliconBeat ^ | April 8, 2016 at 1:16 PM | By Troy Wolverton
    We knew that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was cooking up a bill with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr in response to Apple’s dispute with the FBI over the San Bernarndino iPhone.We knew that the bill was going to target companies like Apple that refused to help the government unscramble encrypted data. And we suspected, given Feinstein’s past history of being unconcerned about anyone’s privacy other than her own, that the bill was going to be pretty bad for the privacy of everyday citizens and the security of tech products.How bad? Well we now know.The bill would require companies, in response...
  • U.S. to continue appeal of iPhone data case in New York

    04/08/2016 2:15:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Yahoo News - Reuters ^ | April 8, 2016 | By Nate Raymond, Julia Love and Joseph Menn
    The gold colored version of the new iPhone 5S is seen after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California, September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it would keep fighting to force Apple Inc to open an iPhone in a New York drug case, continuing its controversial effort to require Apple and other tech companies to help law enforcement authorities circumvent encryption. Just two weeks ago, the government dropped its effort to require Apple to crack an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December attacks in San Bernardino, California, saying...
  • FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

    04/08/2016 12:47:53 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Thursday, April 07, 2016, 06:25 am PT (09:25 am ET | By AppleInsider Staff
    The unlocking procedure used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to break into an iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino case cannot be used on new devices, the bureau's director said on Wednesday. The IP Box setup, via MDSec. Comey told a group of students and educators at Kenyon College in Ohio that his department had "purchased a tool" from a third party to unlock the iPhone in question, according to CNN Money. Though he stopped short of revealing the exact process, he did note that it would not work on more modern handsets. "This doesn't work...
  • Syed Farooks iPhone is a Bust for the FBI

    04/08/2016 12:35:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | April 7, 2016 | By Jeff Gamet
    p>The FBI has had access to the encrypted contents of Syed Farook's iPhone 5c for at least a week and when asked about the status, FBI general counsel James Baker said they're still analyzing the data and the agency won't talk about what may or may not be there. That's government talk for, "We didn't find anything useful on the iPhone." FBI: Nothing to see here, move along Mr. Baker responded to questions about the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation this week at an International Association of Privacy Professionals conference where he said, "We’re now doing an analysis of that...
  • The FBI is telling senators how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

    04/06/2016 9:40:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Russell Brandom
    The FBI isn't keeping its new iPhone attack secret from everyone. According toa new report in National Journal, the FBI has already briefed Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the methods used to break into the iPhone at the center ofApple's recent legal fight. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is also scheduled to be briefed on the topic in the days to come. Feinstein and Burr are both working on a new bill to limit the use of encryption in consumer technology, expected to be made public in the weeks to come.The disclosures come amid widespread calls for the attack to be...
  • U.S. Government's Multi-Million Dollar Mobile Forensics Shopping Spree Revealed

    04/06/2016 8:09:31 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Steve Morgan
    The FBI, DOJ, and numerous other U.S. government agencies have acquired mobile forensics and smart phone hacking tools from Cellebrite an Israeli based cybersecurity firm for the past decade. Cellebrite manufactures the UFED Touch, a mobile forensic extraction device which the FBI used to hack into the San Bernardino shooters iPhone 5c. CNN Money reported last week the FBI alone signed 187 contracts with Cellebrite over the past seven years averaging $10,883 per contract according to U.S. government records. Thats more than $2 million the FBI dropped on mobile forensics products and services. The Federal Procurement...
  • Sen. Schumer calls for investigation ahead of release of gun that looks just like smartphone

    04/06/2016 5:20:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 81 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 5, 2016 | Chris Sommerfeldt, Stephen Rex Brown
    Sen. Chuck Schumer issued an urgent plea Monday for iGunControl ahead of the release of a new firearm that looks like a smartphone. The .380-caliber double-barrel handgun, manufactured by Ideal Conceal, is expected to hit the shelves in mid-2016 and will only cost $395, Schumer said. . . . "It's clearly being marketed for nefarious purposes 4,000 people are ready to pull the trigger on this dangerous weapon," Schumer said. . . . "Why would we want to make it easier for criminals or terrorists like those who attacked Paris and Brussels to wreak havoc?" he said.
  • FBI v. Apple: Unduly Burdensome

    04/03/2016 6:53:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Tech Pinions ^ | April 3, 2016 | By JOHN KIRK
    You might well be asking yourself, if the FBI withdrew its challenge against Apple, then why are we still talking about FBI v. Apple? Well, the San Bernadino case is over, but there are many, many more cases still pending. The ACLU published an interactive map of locations where the FBI is currently using the All Writs Act to demand assistance from Tech companies. You can view it HERE. So yeah, this matter is far from over.Author’s Note: For an outline of how I think FBI v. Apple will play out, please see HERE.As I’ve written before, there are...
  • FBI not sure it can help Arkansas, after all

    03/31/2016 10:14:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Cnet ^ | March 31, 2016 | by Rochelle Garner
    FBI tells Arkansas prosecutor it doesn't know enough to say if it really can unlock that iPhone and iPod. James Martin/CNET The FBI is distancing itself from an Arkansas prosecutor's statement that said the agency will help unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of murder. The agency's office in Little Rock told the Associated Press Thursday that it doesn't have enough information about either Apple device to say if it can help the state's investigation. "On March 28, 2016, FBI Little Rock received a request for investigative assistance in unlocking Apple devices," the agency said in...
  • FBI agrees to unlock iPhone, iPod in Arkansas homicide case

    03/31/2016 10:20:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 168 replies
    fox news ^ | 03/31/2016
    The FBI agreed Wednesday to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple, just days after the federal agency announced it had gained access to an iPhone linked to the gunman in a mass shooting in California. Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said the FBI agreed to the request from his office and the Conway Police Department Wednesday afternoon. A judge on Tuesday agreed to postpone the trial of 18-year-old Hunter Drexler so prosecutors could ask the FBI for help. Drexler's trial was moved from next week to June...
  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    03/30/2016 4:20:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 110 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2016 | by Liz Peek
    The battle between the FBI and Apple ended on Monday with no clear winner, according to The New York Times. Not so. The clear winner is the American people, and the clear loser is Apple.The FBI had requested Apples help in unlocking a cell phone used by the San Bernardino killers--Apple refused. The Justice Department took the dispute to court, arguing that a search warrant required Apple to program a backdoor into Syed Farooks password- protected iPhone5. A judge initially decided in favor of the government, but Apple appealed the ruling; the case was expected to end up at the...
  • Gun that looks like iPhone invented by U.S. company

    03/30/2016 8:32:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Looks like a cellphone when folded up, but push the safety and you are ready to defend yourself" - that's how Ideal Conceal describes the gun concept, which is still pending a patent.
  • It's Over: The FBI says it has hacked into the San Bernardino shooter's phone without Apple's help

    03/28/2016 4:42:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/28/2016 | Kif Leswing
    Apple won a major victory in its showdown with the government when the US Justice Department (DOJ) abandoned its plans on Monday to force the company to write software to bypass iPhone security measures. The Justice Department told a federal court on Monday that it no longer needed Apple's help to access data on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, and requested that its original order for Apple's technical assistance be withdrawn. According to the DOJ, the reason it withdrew is because it was successfully able to access the data on the iPhone without Apple's help....
  • Apple Phone Broken

    03/28/2016 3:01:02 PM PDT · by DugwayDuke · 95 replies
    FoxNews | 3/28/2016 | FoxNews
    Foxnews announced FBI has broken into San Bernadino terrorist phone without aid from apple.
  • And now Apple is going to stop the FBI getting into iCloud data too

    03/28/2016 10:22:38 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    GrahamCluely ^ | March 25, 2016 | by David Bisson
    Apple announces plans to hand over iCloud encryption key management to users Apple has announced its plans to transfer iCloud encryption key management to account holders, a move which could stand in the way of or even prevent the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from requesting users' information.The tech giant currently manages the encryption key management for all iCloud account holders.eWeek reports that because of this level of control, Apple provided federal authorities with several iCloud backups of Syed Rizwan Farook, an individual who participated in a mass shooting and attempted bombing in San Bernardino, California back in December....
  • MITs New 5-Atom Quantum Computer Could Make Todays Encryption Obsolete

    03/24/2016 1:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | March 6, 2016
    "all you have to do is go in the lab, apply more technology, and you should be able to make a bigger quantum computer" So the only thing preventing a more general purpose quantum computer is money and enough engineers... Hmm... (POLL-AT-LINK) Via: PC World: Much of the encryption world today depends on the challenge of factoring large numbers, but scientists now say they've created the first five-atom quantum computer with the potential to crack the security of traditional encryption schemes. In traditional computing, numbers are represented by either 0s or 1s, but quantum computing relies on atomic-scale units, or...
  • Israeli firm, Cellebrite, helping FBI to open encrypted iPhone

    03/24/2016 1:37:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | Wed Mar 23, 2016
    Israel's Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday. If Cellebrite succeeds, then the FBI will no longer need the help of Apple Inc (AAPL.O), the Israeli daily said, citing unnamed industry sources. Cellebrite officials declined to comment on the matter. Apple is engaged in a legal battle with the U.S. Justice Department over a judge's order that it write new software to disable passcode protection on the iPhone used by the...
  • This gun looks exactly like a smartphone

    03/23/2016 9:22:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 94 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Mar 22, 2016 1:52 p.m. ET | By Shawn Langlois
    In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight. MarketWatch photo illustration/Ideal Conceal, Everett Collection Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just... carrying an iPhone? The Ideal Conceal handgun has made waves for what its maker calls an ingenious design that looks exactly like a smartphone when in the locked position. Ideal Conceal says on its website that, indeed, hardly anybody will notice it: Smartphones are EVERYWHERE, so your new pistol will easily blend in with todays environment. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides...
  • My Take on FBIs Alternative Method

    03/23/2016 5:33:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Jonathan Zdziarski's Blog of Things ^ | March 23, 2016 | by Jonathan Zdziarski
    FBI acknowledged today that there “appears” to be an alternative way into Farook’s iPhone 5c – something that experts have been shouting for weeks now; in fact, we’ve been saying there are several viable methods. Before I get into which method I think is being used here, here are some possibilities of other viable methods and why I don’t think they’re part of the solution being utilized: A destructive method, such as de-capping or deconstruction of the microprocessor would preclude FBI from being able to come back in two weeks to continue proceedings against Apple. Once the phone is destroyed, there’s very little Apple can do...
  • U.S. Says It May Not Need Apples Help to Unlock iPhone

    03/21/2016 4:40:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    NYT ^ | 3-21-16 | Katie Benner
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. The Justice Department moved to cancel a Tuesday hearing over whether Apple should be forced to help investigators break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last years San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, saying it might no longer need Apples assistance to extract data from the device. In a new court filing on Monday, Justice Department lawyers wrote that as of Sunday, an outside party had demonstrated a way for the F.B.I. to possibly unlock the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino gunmen. Testing is required to determine whether it is...
  • Johns Hopkins researchers poke a hole in Apples encryption

    03/21/2016 2:37:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 21 at 12:01 AM | By Ellen Nakashima
    A group of Johns Hopkins University researchers found a bug in Apples encryptionthat would let a skilled attacker decrypt photos and videos that were sent as secure instant messages. (Matthias Schrader/AP) Apples growing arsenal of encryption techniques shielding data on devices as well as real-time video calls and instant messages has spurred the U.S. government to sound the alarm that such tools are putting the communications of terrorists and criminals out of the reach of law enforcement. But a group of Johns Hopkins University researchers has found a bug in the companys vaunted encryption, one that would enable...
  • Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

    03/20/2016 8:48:13 PM PDT · by boycott · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-19-16 | Rudy Takala
    Google in 2012 sought to help insurgents overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to State Department emails receiving fresh scrutiny this week. Messages between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's team and one of the company's executives detailed the plan for Google to get involved in the region.
  • Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist

    03/17/2016 9:18:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 17, 2016 | By JOHN MARKOFF, KATIE BENNER and BRIAN X. CHEN
    SAN FRANCISCO If the F.B.I. wins its court fight to force Apples help in unlocking an iPhone, the agency may run into yet another roadblock: Apples engineers. Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying 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. Among those interviewed were Apple engineers who are involved in the development of mobile products and security,...
  • WhatsApp Encryption Said to Stymie Wiretap Order

    03/14/2016 9:31:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 12, 2016 | By MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON While the Justice Department wages a public fight with Apple over access to a locked iPhone, government officials are privately debating how to resolve a prolonged standoff with another technology company, WhatsApp, over access to its popular instant messaging application, officials and others involved in the case said. No decision has been made, but a court fight with WhatsApp, the worlds largest mobile messaging service, would open a new front in the Obama administrations dispute with Silicon Valley over encryption, security and privacy. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, allows customers to send messages and make phone calls...
  • Decoding "Let Us Loop You In"

    03/14/2016 1:09:10 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | March 14, 2015
    Apple’s March 21st special event invitation (below) features the message: “Let us loop you in.” What could this cryptic sentence mean?Well, Apple does offer the stainless steel (silver) Milanese Loop for Apple Watch and there are rumblings of a new black Milanese Loop coming at the event, but it that really enough to warrant being the marquee on the special event’s invitation?What if the phrase refers to Apple Smart Bands? Or “Smart Loops?” Think Apple Watch bands loops that add extra functionality (GPS, for just one example) to the Apple Watch.Wouldn’t such a Smart Loop or a line of Smart...
  • DOJ may force Apple to turn over entire operating system source code

    03/13/2016 8:18:28 AM PDT · by safetysign · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/13/2016 | JESSICA CHIA and MIA DE GRAAF
    Apple is fighting FBI court order to create software to unlock an iPhone Head of services Eddy Cue says agreeing could lead to more drastic orders He warns FBI could next be asking to eavesdrop on microphones The DOJ hit back on Thursday, accused Apple of 'raising security barriers' DOJ suggested they could hand over source code for entire operating system 'as an alternative that requires less labor by Apple programmers'
  • FBI wants to change iPhones iOS: Fmr CIA chief

    03/11/2016 11:12:28 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 71 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 11, 2016 | Tom DiChristopher
    The FBI's attempts to force Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists is not just about accessing information about the attack, but changing the architecture of the device's mobile operating system, former CIA director James Woolsey said Friday. "The last time I looked into the language on this with some care, it did seem to me as if the FBI was trying to get a right essentially to effectively decide what kind of an operating system Apple was going to have, and that they were not just trying to get into one phone. They...
  • Apple: FBI could force us to turn on iPhone camera, mic (FBI could force us to turn on iPh

    If the FBI wins in its case against Apple to help it unlock the San Bernardino killers iPhone 5C, it wont be long before the government forces Apple to turn on users iPhone cameras and microphones to spy on them, according to the companys head of services Eddy Cue. The FBI has demanded that Apple creates custom software that bypasses certain security features of the companys iOS to allow law enforcement to brute force the passcode of the gunmans iPhone 5C. But according to Apple, making the modifications necessary in this case would set a dangerous precedent in offering backdoors...
  • San Bernardino District Attorney strangely claims suspects iPhone contains a cyber pathogen

    03/05/2016 8:44:52 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | March 5, 2016 | by Benjamin Mayo
    Viruses aren’t biological, they don’t just live dormant inside a phone. They have to be used, activated or deployed. Zdziarski says he thinks the District Attorney is trying to claim that the shooter was trying to compromise the local San Bernardino IT network with a virus of some kind, but the language used in the filing is just factually incorrect and likely misleading to the court. There is also seemingly no other evidence that would lead investigator’s to believe such a claim.If a serious computer virus did exist on the device with the phone acting as a host of some kind, then the device would have to...
  • Free Speech and iPhone prices

    03/02/2016 4:41:28 PM PST · by SandwicheGuy · 20 replies
    http://www.sulit.com ^ | 2 March 2016 | Self
    iPhone prices overseas tanking in response to Justice Department ignoring the free speech clause in the Constitution and insisting Apple write code for them to unlock iPhones.
  • Is your smartphone listening to you?

    03/02/2016 6:23:29 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 March 2016 | Zoe Kleinman
    It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up popped the name of our friend, and the words, "Motorbike accident, Thailand" and the year in the suggested text below the search box.
  • F.B.I. Error Locked San Bernardino Attackers iPhone (FBI Finally Admits They Totally Screwed Up)

    03/01/2016 9:25:09 PM PST · by dayglored · 73 replies
    NY Times ^ | Mar 1, 2016 | CECILIA KANG and ERIC LICHTBLAU
    The head of the F.B.I. acknowledged on Tuesday that his agency lost a chance to capture data from the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers when it ordered that his password to the online storage service iCloud be reset shortly after the rampage. There was a mistake made in the 24 hours after the attack, James B. Comey Jr., the director of the F.B.I., told lawmakers at a hearing on the governments attempt to force Apple to help unlock the iPhone. F.B.I. personnel apparently believed that by resetting the iCloud password, they could get access to information...
  • N.Y. judge backs Apple in encryption fight with government

    02/29/2016 9:34:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 29, 2016 | BY JULIA HARTE, JULIA EDWARDS AND JULIA LOVE
    The U.S. government cannot force Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to unlock an iPhone in a New York drug case, a federal judge in Brooklyn said on Monday, a ruling that bolsters the company's arguments in its landmark legal showdown with the Justice Department over encryption and privacy. The government sought access to the phone in the Brooklyn case in October, months before a judge in California ordered Apple to take special measures to give the government access to the phone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, attacks. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in Brooklyn ruled that...
  • The FBI-Apple Battle Is About Much More Than One Phone

    02/25/2016 4:00:34 PM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | February 25, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been listening to a number of people talk about the debate, this whole FBI versus Apple and iPhone thing, and Tim Cook granted a very lengthy interview with ABC's David Muir, and World News Tonight about this, trying to explain his position and the FBI is explaining theirs. And it's... Look, it's no different in this than any other thing that would come up, but it's fascinating, really, when in my case I am an expert on much of this. And to listen to people who don't know what they're talking about talk about it with...