Technology Trump criticizes Apple's encryption stance on Pensacola phones

05:10  15 january  2020
05:10  15 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

FBI seeks Apple's help unlocking phones of suspected naval station gunman

  FBI seeks Apple's help unlocking phones of suspected naval station gunman Phones thought to belong to the Saudi air force member accused in the deadly attack are password-protected.In a letter sent late Monday to Apple's general counsel, the FBI said that although it has court permission to search the contents of the phones, both are password-protected. "Investigators are actively engaging in efforts to 'guess' the relevant passcodes but so far have been unsuccessful," it said.

Apple ’ s stance set the company on a collision course with a Justice Department that has grown increasingly critical of encryption that makes it impossible for law enforcement to search devices or wiretap phone calls. Obama officials who were upset by Apple ’ s stance on privacy, along with its

This time, Apple is facing off against the Trump administration, which has been unpredictable. Those phones , released in 2012 and 2016, lack Apple ’ s most sophisticated encryption . The Pensacola gunman had shot the iPhone 7 Plus once and tried destroying the iPhone 5, according to F.B.I. photos.

By Stephen Nellis

a computer on a cloudy day: The Apple logo is shown atop an Apple store at a shopping mall in La Jolla, California© Reuters/MIKE BLAKE The Apple logo is shown atop an Apple store at a shopping mall in La Jolla, California (Reuters) - President Donald Trump lashed out at Apple Inc on Tuesday, castigating the iPhone maker for what he said was its refusal to unlock phones used by criminals while benefiting from government help on trade.

Trump's tweet came amid the investigation into the fatal shooting of three Americans by a Saudi Air Force officer at the U.S. Naval Station in Pensacola, Florida, last month, which Attorney General William Barr called “an act of terrorism” on Monday.

The episode marks the latest flare-up in a privacy debate between technology companies such as Apple and Facebook Inc and authorities.

The tech companies argue that strong encryption protects the privacy and security of their users, while law enforcement officials say criminals have used the technology to evade justice and called on tech firms to provide a way to crack it, using high-profile cases such as Pensacola and the 2015 mass shooting by Islamic militants in San Bernardino, California, as examples.

FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected Navy base shooter, report says

  FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected Navy base shooter, report says The iPhone maker has battled previously with the FBI over unlocking devices.CEO Tim Cook has championed strong encryption and Apple's efforts to protect customer data.

Apple has hit back at an FBI report suggesting that Apple has not been helpful in the Pensacola shooter However, it reiterated its stance on refusing to create a backdoor to encryption on iOS for law The attorney general criticized Apple and said the tech giant has not "given any substantive

Apple has provided no "substantive assistance" to the investigation according to Barr, reports the New York Times. So far, Apple has provided access to data from the gunman' s iCloud account, but not anything stored locally on the iPhones that may differ from the iCloud data —as it does not have that

a close up of a glass: FILE PHOTO: CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino© Reuters/Stephen Lam FILE PHOTO: CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino

Trump on Tuesday had harsh words for Apple.

"We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements," the U.S. president said on Twitter. "They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW!" he said.

Apple has said it cannot access data that is encrypted with a passcode and stored on an iPhone and that it would have to build a specific tool for doing so, known in the tech industry as a "backdoor." The company can and does, however, hand over data stored on its cloud storage servers to law enforcement officials, which often includes backups of iPhones, including iMessages.

FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected naval station shooter

  FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected naval station shooter The FBI is once again asking Apple to help it access iPhones for the sake of an investigation. The bureau has sent a letter to Apple's general counsel requesting the company's help in unlocking the two iPhones of Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man believed responsible for killing three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola. FBI officials have requested help from other agencies and countries as well as "familiar contacts in the third-party vendor community," but are hoping Apple will make their lives easier. One of those contacts might be CelleBrite, which reportedly helped the FBI crack San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone 5c.

The FBI requested Apple ’ s help unlocking the same phones last week. In his remarks today, Barr Barr says Apple "has not given any substantive assistance" in unlocking the Pensacola airbase The FBI wanted Apple to make an encryption -free version of iOS that could be installed on that phone so

Apple is already facing political blowback over its refusal to comply with the court order and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted the company’s stance during an interview on Fox News Wednesday morning. MUST READ: Apple ’ s upcoming iPhones might change the game more than

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on Trump's tweet. On Monday, the company said it rejected “the characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance."

Earlier on Monday Barr called on Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock two iPhones involved in the Pensacola case.

Apple said it had responded to seven separate legal requests from federal investigators in December, starting the day of the shooting.

The company said it turned over "many gigabytes" of data to investigators, including iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts. Apple said the FBI did not request help unlocking phones until Jan. 6, with a request for a second iPhone sent on Jan. 8.

“A federal judge has authorized the Department of Justice to access the contents of the dead terrorist’s phones. Apple designed these phones and implemented their encryption. It’s a simple, 'front-door' request: Will Apple help us get into the shooter’s phones or not?” Kerri Kupec, a Department of Justice spokeswoman, said in a statement on Tuesday.

FBI pushes Apple for help unlocking Navy base shooter's iPhone

  FBI pushes Apple for help unlocking Navy base shooter's iPhone A similar situation struggling to unlock an iPhone arose after the San Bernardino mass shooting. The letter was written by FBI General Counsel Dana Boente and outlined the circumstances of the investigation, including that the FBI can't crack the phone pass codes belonging to the shooter, according to NBC News, which was first to report the news.

Apple : We Helped, but Won’t Open Pensacola Gunman’ s iPhones. Apple has fired back at criticism from Attorney General William Barr after he accused the company of failing to However, Apple said nothing about opening the phones and reiterated its stance on privacy, saying: “We have

Barr accused Apple of refusing to provide 'substantive assistance'. Apple responded by saying it rejected that characterization but did not say that it would unlock the phones . Barr's latest appeal for Apple ' s cooperation marked an escalation of the DOJ's ongoing fight with the tech giant over personal

In a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union called Trump's demand "dangerous and unconstitutional" and said it would weaken the security of millions of iPhones.

"There is simply no way for Apple, or any other company, to provide the FBI access to encrypted communications without also providing it to authoritarian foreign governments and weakening our defenses against criminals and hackers," the ACLU said.

After the shooting in San Bernardino, California, in 2015, federal investigators eventually turned to third-party cybersecurity firms for help to unlock the shooter's device.

The Wall Street Journal on Monday reported that the devices used by the Pensacola shooter were older iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 models and cited cybersecurity experts as saying commercial firms could likely crack them.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Eric Beech in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Attorney General asks Apple to unlock naval base shooter's iPhones .
Attorney General William Barr has joined the FBI in asking Apple to unlock two iPhones belonging to the man who attacked a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, in December. Barr also declared the shooting "an act of terrorism." Apple has given investigators details from Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani's iCloud account, but it rejected a plea from the FBI to unlock the phones. The company has claimed complying with such a request could set a precedent that may compel it to unlock a device whenever a federal agency asks it to. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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