An Israeli company that makes software for breaking into mobile devices including iPhones, has been publicly shamed by cryptographer Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of the Signal messaging app, who exposed poor security in the software which the company uses.
A measure of how much the coronavirus pandemic has spooked people can be gauged from the lack of any outcry over the plans announced by Google and Apple for developing technology that can be used for contact-tracing.
Victoria's information commissioner Sven Bluemmel has raised the possibility that a one-off hack, created to satisfy a demand by law enforcement that access be provided to a particular device, could well end up being re-used with modifications, resulting in a situation which the draft encryption bill has pledged to avoid - systemic weaknesses.
A court in the US has ensured that the public will never know whom the FBI contacted to gain access to data on an iPhone 5C belonging to a terrorist or how much the agency paid for the job.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has defended the company's move to pull VPN apps from the App Store in China, saying that in this case the law was on the side of China's government.
A Democrat senator in the US has revealed that the FBI paid a private company US$900,000 to break the encryption on an iPhone 5C that had been owned by one of the terrorists involved in an attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015.
The FBI has left the door open to a future stoush with Apple, similar to the one that just ended, by claiming on Wednesday that the tool it used to access data on an iPhone 5C does not work with older phones.
The fact that the FBI was able to access data on an iPhone without Apple's intervention, using a method provided by an outsider, underscores the risk that was initially outlined by Apple, according to a senior official at digital identity firm ThreatMetrix.
The FBI has gained access to the data on an iPhone 5C without the help of Apple, ending a stoush that had threatened to end up in the Supreme Court.
The FBI now has so much egg on its face as a result of its stoush with Apple over access to an iPhone 5C that it only needs to order in some toast and rashers for its staff to have a good Easter breakfast.
The FBI appears to be trying to avoid a court showdown with Apple over accessing encrypted data on an iPhone 5C, asking for, and obtaining, a delay in a hearing set for Tuesday (US time) apparently in order to test whether another method of gaining access to the data is viable.
The hearing set down for March 22 in the Apple-FBI stoush will see cross-examination of those who made court filings following a request made by the US Department of Justice.
Quiet discussions between the FBI and Apple over gaining access to data on an iPhone belonging to the employer of one of the terrorists involved in shooting dead 14 people in California were suddenly thrust into the public domain when the FBI obtained a court order on February 16, demanding that Apple meet its requests.
The war of words between Apple and the FBI continues with the former on Tuesday responding to a filing by the Department of Justice last Thursday, saying that the court should reject the request for creation of a modified version of iOS because the "All Writs Act does not authorise such relief, and the Constitution forbids it".
Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has come out swinging against US President Barack Obama after the latter, referring to the ongoing spat between Apple and the FBI, urged Americans not to adopt absolutist positions on privacy and security.
Apple has filed a motion in the US district court in central California to dismiss an order brought against it by the FBI last week, seeking the creation of a new version of its mobile operating system that would remove two security features.
Apple will make its first formal submission on Friday (Saturday AEDT) in response to the court order the FBI brought against it last week, asking that it create a modified version of its mobile operating system to facilitate accessing data on an iPhone.
The FBI has sought to gain access to 13 different iPhones, not one, according to court documents, casting doubt on the version of events it has publicised in its stoush with Apple.
Last week, when Apple refused to obey a court order asking it to effectively create a backdoor into iOS, its mobile operating system, it looked like a straightforward fight with the FBI.
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