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Man Jailed 6 Months for Refusing to Give Police his iPhone Passcode

Man Jailed 6 Months for Refusing to Give Police his iPhone Passcode

June 05, 2017Wang Wei
Remember Ramona Fricosu ? A Colorado woman was ordered to unlock her encrypted Toshiba laptop while the FBI was investigating alleged mortgage fraud in 2012, but she declined to decrypt the laptop saying that she did not remember the password. Later the United States Court ruled that Police can force defendants to decrypt their electronic devices, of course, as it does not violate the Fifth Amendment that prevents any citizen from having to incriminate themselves. Forgetting passwords for your electronic devices could be a smart move to avoid complying with a court order, but not every time, as US judges have different opinions on how to punish those who do not compel the order to unlock their phones. On a single day last week, one defendant got six months jail for allegedly refusing to reveal his iPhone passcode, while a second defendant walks through after he claimed he forgot his passcode. A Florida circuit court judge ruled last week that child abuse defendant Christopher
FBI Admits — It was a 'Mistake' to Reset Terrorist's iCloud Password

FBI Admits — It was a 'Mistake' to Reset Terrorist's iCloud Password

March 02, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Yes, FBI Director James Comey admitted that the investigators made a " mistake " with the San Bernardino investigation during a congressional hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee. Apple is facing a court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonged to San Bernardino Shooter by developing a backdoored version of iOS that can disable the security feature on the locked iPhone. Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook has maintained his stand over Privacy and Security , saying the company will fight the court order because it is dangerous for the security and privacy of all of its users. As the company earlier said, Apple had been helping the FBI with the investigation in San Bernardino case since early January by providing an iCloud backup of Farook's iPhone under a court order and ways to access Farook's iPhone… ...but the problem, according to Apple, was that the feds approached the company after attempting a ' blunder ' themselv
FBI Director — "What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code?"

FBI Director — "What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code?"

March 02, 2016Swati Khandelwal
What If Apple Engineers are Kidnapped and Forced to Write (Exploit) Code? Exactly this was what FBI Director James Comey asked in the congressional hearing on Tuesday. The House Judiciary Committee hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy" over the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI ended up being full of drama. The key to the dispute is whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can force Apple to develop a special version of its mobile operating system that would help the agency unlock an iPhone  belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook . FBI Director James Comey was there with a prepared testimony about why the FBI wants Apple to create a backdoor into the killer's iPhone. Comey: Encryption is a Long-Term Threat to Law Enforcement Yesterday, a New York magistrate judge refused a similar order in a drug case in which the authorities asked Apple to help with the data stored in an
Just One Device? No, Government wants Apple to Unlock 12 More iPhones

Just One Device? No, Government wants Apple to Unlock 12 More iPhones

February 24, 2016Mohit Kumar
Until now, the FBI is asking for Apple's help in unlocking the iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 and injured 24 in December. However, in addition to iPhone 5C belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, the U.S. Justice Department is looking at court orders forcing Apple to help officials unlock at least 12 iPhones. Citing sources, the Wall Street Journal reported that the federal authorities want to extract data from iPhones seized in a variety of criminal investigations are involved in undisclosed cases where prosecutors are compelling Apple to help them bypass iPhone's lockscreen. Although more details of these cases are not yet publicly disclosed, these dozen or so cases are all distinct from San Bernardino shooter's case and involve many iPhones using an older iOS version that has fewer security barriers to bypass. Also Read:    Police Reset Shooter's Apple ID that leaves iPhone Data U
Donald Trump — Boycott Apple! But Still Tweeting from an iPhone

Donald Trump — Boycott Apple! But Still Tweeting from an iPhone

February 20, 2016Unknown
As the groundwork for the presidential election is being cooked up in the United States to be held on 8 November 2016, candidates are very busy in sharpening their skills to gain the vote of reliance. By struggling to gain an upper hand in the National issues at this moment could benefit the candidates bring them into the limelight and stardom. Donald Trump (a Presidential Candidate from Republican Party) is not an exception to this. Recently, Trump made a controversial statement to boycott Apple until the company handovers the San Bernardino terrorist's phone data to the authority; during a rally in South Carolina yesterday. "First of all, Apple ought to give the security for that phone. What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until they give that security number," Trump addressed in the rally. This action was the outcome of the Apple denial to the request of Californian Judge to build a backdoor for the shooter's iPhone. Also Read:
FBI Screwed Up — Police Reset Shooter's Apple ID Passcode that leaves iPhone Data Unrecoverable

FBI Screwed Up — Police Reset Shooter's Apple ID Passcode that leaves iPhone Data Unrecoverable

February 20, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Another Surprising Twist in the Apple-FBI Encryption Case : The Apple ID Passcode Changed while the San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone was in Government Custody. Yes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been screwed up and left with no option to retrieve data from iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Apple has finally responded to the Department of Justice (DoJ) court filing that attempts to force Apple to comply with an FBI request to help the feds unlock Farook's iPhone, but Apple refused to do so. According to Apple, the company had been helping feds with the investigation since early January to provide a way to access Farook's iPhone, but the problem is that the feds approached the company after attempting a 'blunder' themselves. Here's How the FBI Screwed itself On October 19, 2015, Roughly six weeks before the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, Syed Farook made a last full iCloud backup of his iPhone 5
Judge Orders Apple to Unlock iPhone Used by San Bernardino Shooters

Judge Orders Apple to Unlock iPhone Used by San Bernardino Shooters

February 17, 2016Unknown
The Tech Giant Apple has come into an entangled situation which could be a potential security threat for Apple users in near future: Help the FBI Unlock an iPhone . The US Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym has ordered Apple to provide a reasonable technical assistance in solving a critical case of Syed Farook ; who with his wife Tashfeen Malik planned a coordinated "2015 San Bernardino attack" that killed 14 people injured 22. As part of the investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had seized the Farook's iPhone 5C that would be considered as an insufficient evidence until and unless the iPhone gets unlocked by any means. Previously, Apple had made several crystal clear statements about its Encryption Policy , stating that even the company is not able to decrypt any phone data as the private key lies at the user's end. A similar problem encountered three years back with Lavabit, who was forced to shut down its services soon after when F
Police Can't Force You To Unlock Your Phone, It violates Fifth Amendment Rights

Police Can't Force You To Unlock Your Phone, It violates Fifth Amendment Rights

September 26, 2015Khyati Jain
Can the Cops can make you unlock your iPhone? ... " NO " According to a recent Federal Court’s ruling, it is not okay for police to force suspects to unlock their phones with a passcode. And, doing so would be a violation of your Fifth Amendment Rights in the US Constitution. The ruling came as the conclusion of a case , where Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused Bonan Huang and Nan Huang for conducting illegal Insider Trading. As a result of which, the investigating agencies cannot question the suspects for giving out their smartphone passcodes or any form of encryption passwords or even their existence on the suspect's device. They are said to have used their positions as data analysts at Capital One Bank ( credit card issuing Bank) . The bank gave each of them a mobile phone, allowing them to use a passcode of their choice. Huang’s left Capital One and submitted the mobile phones to the bank, the bank then gave the mobil
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