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Apple probably won’t find out how the FBI hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

And the iPhone 5c in question hasn’t yielded significant evidence in the crime, according to a report.

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FBI reportedly bought exploit from hackers to access San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI reportedly paid professional hackers a one-time fee for a previously unknown vulnerability that allowed the agency to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

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Unsealed court order shows Apple was ordered to unlock a phone in Boston too

The ACLU is pushing for more transparency in the government's use of the All Writs Act to compel Apple and Google to unlock smartphones for law enforcement.

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Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to help defeat encryption

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into encrypted devices.

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White House won't support encryption unlocking legislation

President Barack Obama's administration won't support legislation to force device makers to help law enforcement agencies defeat encryption, according to a news report.

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FBI says hack tool only works on iPhone 5c

FBI Director James Comey said late Wednesday at Kenyon College that a tool that the agency bought to crack the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killer only works on the iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

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FBI takes heat for keeping iPhone hack details under wraps

Criticism is mounting as the agency is reportedly trying its iPhone cracking method on more devices.

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DOJ cracks San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

The U.S. Government has managed to access the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, bypassing a passcode that had the Federal Bureau of Investigation stymied for several weeks.

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Burr's cipher, sir: The 1807 treason case that featured in the Apple/FBI conflict

The damned fool who shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel also, some historians believe, wanted to set himself up as the Emperor of Mexico. Coded dispatches led to his downfall, but not conviction.

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DOJ knew of possible iPhone-cracking method before Apple case

Weeks before the FBI headed to court to force Apple to help it break into a mass shooter's iPhone, a sister agency in the Department of Justice was already using an Israeli security firm to attempt to crack the company's devices.

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Apple: FBI’s surprise postponement of court hearing is a ‘bolt from the blue’

The FBI now says it doesn't need any help from Apple to get into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone—shocking Apple, and raising a lot of new questions.

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FBI says it may have found a way to unlock shooter's iPhone

The FBI says it may have discovered a way to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters, and the agency has asked a judge to postpone a court hearing in the matter that was scheduled for Tuesday.

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Apple vs. FBI: How iOS 8 changed everything

The battle over iPhone encryption began 18 months ago, Bloomberg reports.

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Everything you need to know about the iMessage security flaw patched by iOS 9.3

Security researchers discovered a number of weaknesses in iMessage's encryption system. Apple's patches are already slated to appear.

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How FBI vs. Apple could cripple corporate and government security

The implications go way beyond whether law enforcement can unlock an alleged criminal's phone.