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FBI rebuts reports that county reset San Bernardino shooter’s iCloud password without consent

The FBI on Saturday rebutted media reports that San Bernardino County technicians acted without the agency's consent when they reset the password for the Apple iCloud account belonging to one of the shooters involved in the Dec. 2 terror attack at a county facility that killed 14 people. “This is not true,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement released late Saturday night. “FBI investigators worked cooperatively with the county of San Bernardino in order to exploit crucial data contained in the iCloud account associated with a county-issued iPhone that was assigned to the terror suspect, Syed Rizwan Farook.” Apple has refused to give the FBI the tools to unlock Farook’s iPhone, and the battle escalated Friday when the government urged a federal judge to immediately compel the tech giant to comply, arguing that it appears more concerned with marketing strategy than national security. Separately on Friday, federal prosecutors and senior Apple executives also disclosed new details about what transpired privately in the weeks leading up to their very public legal battle, including their previous efforts to access the phone’s content. Apple's fight with the FBI Apple said that in early January it provided four alternatives to access data from the iPhone besides the controversial method the FBI is now proposing. But one of the most encouraging options was ruled out after the phone’s owner – Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino County Public Health Department – reset the password to his iCloud account in order to access data from the backup, according to Apple officials. That means the iCloud password on the iPhone itself is now wrong, and it won’t back up unless someone can get past the phone’s passcode and change it. The issue was [...]

2018-04-17T12:18:42+00:00February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Computer Forensics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on FBI rebuts reports that county reset San Bernardino shooter’s iCloud password without consent

Congress to Consider Encryption after Apple Refuses to Build ‘Backdoor’

Reversing course, a key congressman said lawmakers will need to step into the debate over encryption vs. privacy after Apple said it would oppose a court order demanding it help the FBI hack a spree killer’s cell phone. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) had previously said a legislative approach to the encryption debate was not feasible. But in a statement Wednesday, Schiff said the questions posed by the Apple case “will ultimately need to be resolved by Congress, the administration and industry, rather than the courts alone,” according to a Reuters report. Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. The iPhone of San Bernardino mass killer Syed Farook remains locked in the FBI’s possession. Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik allegedly killed 14 people and wounded 21 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2. Of particular interest to detectives is an 18-minute window in which authorities cannot account for the two killers’ whereabouts. The couple was chased down and killed in a shootout roughly two hours after the massacre. James Comey, director of the FBI, told the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual Hearing on Worldwide Threats earlier this month that Farook’s work-issued phone remained locked. READ MORE: FBI Struggles to Crack San Bernardino Terrorist’s Encrypted Phone, Two Months Later “We still have one of those killers’ phones that we have not been able to open,” he said. “It’s been over two months, we’re still working on it.” The White House abandoned a push for encryption-access legislation last year, amid outcry from privacy advocates and opposition from industry players, according to Reuters. Reuters also reported that the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on encryption for March 1 [...]

2018-04-17T13:40:35+00:00February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Computer Forensics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Congress to Consider Encryption after Apple Refuses to Build ‘Backdoor’