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'All Hell Broke Loose' as Police Chased the San Bernadino Shooters

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'All Hell Broke Loose' as Police Chased the San Bernadino Shooters - by Joel Rubin, Brittny Mejia, Richard Winton and Joseph Serna/ Local/ California/ Los Angeles Times/ latimes.com

"The light turned green, and the black Ford Expedition pulled away. Not too fast, not too slow.

Redlands police Sgt. Andy Capps was behind the SUV with his emergency lights and siren on, but the driver didn't stop.

It was six minutes after 3 on Wednesday afternoon. Hours earlier, a masked man and woman, clad in black and armed with military-style rifles, had stormed into a holiday party a few miles away in neighboring San Bernardino. Fourteen people were dead. Others were fighting for their lives.

A black SUV had been seen fleeing the scene. Capps had told his officers to stay alert, but privately he wasn't worried. Never in a million years will we encounter these people, he thought.

Now he thought otherwise..."


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Effort to Find San Bernadino Terrorists' Hard Drive, Crack Encrypted Data, Challenges FBI - by Adam Housley and Malia Zimmerman/ US/ Fox News/ foxnews.com

"FBI investigators have been unable to find a missing hard drive or crack the encrypted codes of the jihadist couple behind last month's terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., sources told Fox News.

The two cell phones used by homegrown terrorist Syed Farook and his foreign bride Tashfeen Malik before the Dec. 2 attack, which left 14 dead and 22 injured, are highly encrypted, Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office David Bowdich told Fox News in an exclusive interview, and the pair also attempted to destroy the devices.

Information on the phones could contain the key to exposing the radical Muslim couple's potential terrorist network connections and other illicit activities..."


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The FBI Still Is Still Struggling to Unlock San Bernadino Killer's Phone - by Russell Brandom/ Policy & Law/ US & World/ National Security/ The Verge/ theverge.com

"Months after the tragic shooting at a health clinic in San Bernardino, FBI agents are still unable to unlock the phone used by one of the attackers, according to new statements by FBI director James Comey.

Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey mentioned the case as a prime example of device encryption hindering an investigation. "In San Bernardino, a very important investigation for us, we still have one of those killer’s phones that we have not been able to open," Comey told the Committee..."


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Apple Resists Order to Hack San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone Information - by Tami Abdollah and Eric Tucker, AP/ Business/ Crime/ Time/ time.com

"The order "has implications far beyond the legal case at hand".

(WASHINGTON) — Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate’s order to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, California shooters. The company said that could potentially undermine encryption for millions of other users.

Cook’s response, posted early Wednesday on the company’s website, set the stage for a legal fight between the federal government and Silicon Valley with broad implications for digital privacy and national security.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym had ordered Apple to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack that killed 14 people. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, died in a gun battle with police..."

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Apple Ordered to Unlock San Bernardino Gunman's Phone - by Dave Lee/ North America Technology Reporter/ Technology/ News/ BBC/ bbc.com

"Apple has been ordered to help FBI investigators access data on the phone belonging to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

Farook and his wife killed 14 people in the California city last December before police fatally shot them.

A court order demands Apple help circumvent security software on Farook's iPhone, which the FBI said contains crucial information.

The BBC understands Apple will contest the order.

Since a software update released in September 2014, data on Apple devices - such as text messages and photographs - have been encrypted by default.

It means if a device is locked, only the passcode can be used to access the data. If 10 incorrect attempts at the code are made, the device will automatically erase all of its data.

No-one, not even Apple, is able to access the data - a move the company, like several other tech firms in Silicon Valley, made following the Edward Snowden revelations into government surveillance..."


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Apple Publishes Letter Responding to FBI iPhone Unlock Demand: 'an Unprecedented Step Which Threatens the Security of Our Customers' - by Benjamin Mayo/ 9to5Mac/ 9to5mac.com

"Apple has just posted an open letter in response to the FBI unlock request for iPhone data in a San Bernardino court case, signed by Tim Cook. Apple says that the FBI court order is an unprecedented step which threatens the security of its customers. With ‘implications far beyond the legal case at hand’ at stake, Apple has posted its public response to start communication with regard to this issue.

Apple says it has complied with valid warrants in regard to the San Bernardino case, but now the FBI has gone too far in Cook’s eyes … asking Apple to create something ‘ too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.’..."

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How Apple Ended Up in the Government's Encryption Crosshair...

Big Tech Companies Belatedly Join Apple in Encryption Fight - by Brandon Bailey and Michael Liedtke/ Associated Press/ apnewsarchive.com

"SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Leading tech companies are rallying behind Apple — some belatedly — in its fight against a court order requiring the company to help investigators break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters.

A U.S. magistrate ordered Apple to produce software that would give investigators access to the iPhone at issue. Apple has until next Tuesday to challenge that ruling, setting the stage for a legal clash that could determine whether tech companies or government authorities get the final say on just how secure devices like smartphones can be. CEO Tim Cook decried the order on Tuesday, saying it would degrade iPhone security and make users more vulnerable to spies and cyberthieves.

"We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!" Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey wrote in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

In a statement late Thursday, Facebook said it condemns terrorism and also appreciates the essential work of law enforcement in keeping people safe. But it said it will "fight aggressively" against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems.

"These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies' efforts to secure their products," the statement said.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai also voiced support for Apple in a series of earlier tweets. "Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users' privacy," Pichai wrote on Wednesday, adding that the case "could be a troubling precedent."

The government isn't asking Apple to help break the iPhone's encryption directly, but to disable other security measures that prevent attempts to guess the phone's passcode..."

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Apple: Terrorist's Apple ID Password Changed in Government Custody, Blocking Access - by John Paczkowski, Managing Editor of BuzzFeed San Francisco and Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed News Reporter/ BuzzFeed News/ buzzfeed.com

"Company executives said they had been helping federal officials with the investigation when the password change was discovered. The comments came hours after the Department of Justice criticized Apple’s response to a court order that the company help the government access Syed Farook’s phone.

The Apple ID password linked to the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists was changed less than 24 hours after the government took possession of the device, senior Apple executives said Friday. If that hadn’t happened, Apple said, a backup of the information the government was seeking may have been accessible..."

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FBI Told San Bernardino County Staff to Tamper with Gunman's Apple Account - by Danny Yadron and Sam Thielman/ Technology/ Apple/ TheGuardian/ theguardian.com

"The San Bernardino County government on Friday night said the FBI told its staff to tamper with the Apple account of Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the December shooting in which 14 people were killed.

The development matters because the change made to the account – a reset of Farook’s iCloud password – made it impossible to see if there was another way to get access to data on the shooter’s iPhone without taking Apple to court.

“The county was working cooperatively with the FBI when it reset the iCloud password at the FBI’s request,” read a post on San Bernardino County’s official Twitter account..."


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FBI Rebuts Reports that County Reset San Bernardino Shooter's iCloud Password Without Consent - by Carlos Lozano and Paresh Dave/ L.A. Now/ Los Angeles Times/ latimes.com

"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.”..."

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Apple has refused to give the FBI the tools to unlock terror suspect Syed Farook's iPhone. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)


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FBI Confirms it Screwed Up and Reset the San Bernardino Shooter's iCloud Password - by Alex Heath/ Tech Insider/ Business Insider/ businessinsider.com

"The FBI has shed more light on its involvement in what is shaping up to be the most controversial piece of evidence in the investigation of San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook: his iCloud account password.

Hours after Farook's iPhone was recovered by law enforcement, the password to his iCloud account was reset. The reset was an attempt to gain access to his account. It also likely prevented the iPhone from doing an auto-backup, which could have yielded useful information about Farook's activity leading up to the shooting that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others.

That kicked off a round of finger-pointing by Apple executives, the FBI, and San Bernardino County officials over who reset the iCloud password. In a statement issued in the wee hours of Sunday morning (you can read it below), the FBI confirmed it was working with San Bernardino County officials when the password was reset.

Apple executives said Friday that if the FBI hadn't changed the iCloud password, it wouldn't need to create a backdoor to the iPhone.

It sounds like the FBI screwed this whole process up.

Got all that? It's a complicated situation..."

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FBI Chief 'Not Trying to Set Precedent' with Shooter's iPhone - by Steve Dent/ Security/ Engadget/ engadget.com

"FBI Director James Comey has penned an editorial about its dispute with Apple over unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. In it, he tried to quell criticism by Apple's Tim Cook that a court's decision forcing Apple to help the FBI access the device could have "chilling" implications. "The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message," says Comey. "We don't want to break anyone's encryption or set a master key loose on the land. It is about the victims and justice. We owe them a thorough and professional investigation."..."

Link to James Comey's editorial is in the article.


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McAfee offers to break into phone:

"So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering, and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America."


http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-ill-decrypt-san-bernardino-phone-for-free-2016-2
 

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McAfee offers to break into phone:

"So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering, and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America."


http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-ill-decrypt-san-bernardino-phone-for-free-2016-2

Right... McAfee - such a stand-up citizen... :doh:

John McAfee And The Gregory Faull Murder Case
http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/did-computer-pioneer-john-mcafee-murder.html

or wiki...
 

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McAfee offers to break into phone:

"So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering, and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America."


http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-ill-decrypt-san-bernardino-phone-for-free-2016-2

Hi Deb,

Thanks for the post. I hope the FBI take John up on his offer.


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Hi Deb,

Thanks for the post. I hope the FBI take John up on his offer.


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Yeah, I'm not sure I'd rely on him myself but his offer makes things interesting. :)

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Apple vs. FBI: 9 Updates in the Fight Over a Killer's Locked iPhone - by Joan E. Solsman/ Media/ The Wrap/ thewrap.com

"Here’s the latest since CEO Tim Cook refused to comply with a court order demanding his company unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s cellphone

Stakes continue to climb nearly a week after Apple CEO Tim Cook turned a court order over a single iPhone into a high-profile public debate pitting public safety against digital privacy.

It began Wednesday, when Cook threw a long-simmering standoff between technology companies and law enforcement into the spotlight with a defiant letter stating Apple would defy a court order that it help unlock an iPhone used by Syed Farook. The U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, along with wife Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in December during a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

The FBI wants to peek into the device’s data for clues to future attacks, but says it needs Apple’s help to get around security features designed to protect all iPhones from being hacked. A court agreed, ordering Apple to comply..."


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Narrow Focus May Aid F.B.I. in Apple Case - by Katie Benner and Matt Apuzzo/ Technology/ International New York Times/ The New York Times/ nytimes.com

"SAN FRANCISCO — In the months leading up to Apple’s standoff with the United States government over the unlocking of an iPhone, the technology industry braced itself for a big demand — a back door into all of Apple’s products, or a way to destroy the company’s strong encryption.

Instead, the F.B.I. took the industry by surprise and cleverly stopped short of expectations. The bureau asked Apple for something very specific: that it create an alternative operating system for just one phone that would help the government break into the device. The limited nature of the request has helped the government portray this case as a one-time demand, without ramifications beyond the case at hand.

In public statements posted on Sunday, the F.B.I director, James B. Comey Jr. wrote: “We don’t want to break anyone’s encryption or set a master key loose on the land.”

While the F.B.I. is pursuing a narrow focus, Apple is arguing its side as broadly as possible..."

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Bill Gates Hedges on FBI Demand for iPhone Access - by Steven Musil/ C/Net/ Security/ cnet.com

"Microsoft's co-founder treads lightly down the middle road on the sharply divisive matter of Apple breaking into an iPhone tied to the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

On the matter of Apple versus the FBI, Bill Gates is playing it like a politician.

The former Microsoft CEO began the week straddling the divisive issues at the heart of federal investigators' efforts to get Apple to hack into an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, massacre last December.

Apple has staunchly and very publicly stood up to the FBI. It argues that complying with the agency's request would essentially result in a backdoor or master key to millions of iPhones, a notion that Gates downplayed.

"Nobody's talking about a backdoor," Gates said in a Financial Times report published Monday evening. "This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case."..."

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Ok so riddle me confused but what do law enforcement expect to find in this phone. What smoking gun?
1. They have a 6 week old I cloud backup so they are missing a 6 week window.
2. Any email services he used will be handing over they data.
3. Messaging services can be found from the apps installed on the phone (the data in his iTunes / cloud account) get the data from the vendor.
4. Phone numbers called. You can ask the carrier. Same for texts.
That will indicate if any new people were contacted in the last 6 weeks.

The two gaps I see are imessages due to their end to end encryption and photos that may show new acquaintances contacted off line but a smoking gun in there?

Seems law enforcement needs training that the first thing to do is get a phone to a WiFi network it knows and plug it in so a backup runs. Then this hoopla would not exist. Maybe NYPD should do that with the phones they have.
 

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FBI Director, Apple General Counsel to Testify March 1: House Panel - Reporting by Susan Heavey, Editing by Mohammad Zargham/ Washington/ World/ Reuters/ reuters.com

"FBI Director James Comey and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell will testify at a March 1 congressional hearing on encryption issues, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said in a statement on Thursday.

The hearing comes amid a dispute between the tech giant and the government over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters."

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The Apple Store is seen in Santa Monica, California, United States, February 23, 2016.
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How is the "alternative operating system" supposed to be put into the locked phone?

Seems to me that Apple could figure out how to do what is requested (which is only shut off the self-destruct function and the 10-error timeout) on a phone in their physical possession. Someone will do it eventually, if they haven't already.

Failing that, couldn't they clone the phone ... copy the memory by hardware means ... and then try the 9999 combinations, recopying each time the copy was destroyed? If they had started on that six weeks ago, they'd be done by now. They could make 10 or 100 copies and hire interns to run the trials.
 

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McAfee offers to break into phone:

"So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering, and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America."


http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-ill-decrypt-san-bernardino-phone-for-free-2016-2

Color me sceptical, but...... how about having McAfee show that he can break into one or more of the same model that has been locked similarly. This may not assure that the authorities have more than a hi tech doorstop, but I'd would show that his technique has some likelihood of success.

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What the All Writs Act of 1789 Has To Do with the iPhone - by Danny Lewis/ SmartNews: Keeping You Current/ SmithsonianMag.com

"How a law signed by George Washington is being applied to Apple.

The ongoing battle between the United States government and Silicon Valley tech companies over encryption exploded last week when a federal judge ordered Apple to unlock an iPhone. In doing so, the government invoked a 227-year-old law signed by President George Washington, himself. But what does one of the United States’ earliest laws have to do with the latest in communications technology?..."

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FBI May Have Found Way to Unlock Terrorist's iPhone, Sidestepping Legal Dispute - by Rob Crilly/ World/ North America/ USA/ The Telegraph/ telegraph.co.uk

"The FBI believes it may have found a way to hack into a locked iPhone in a surprise development that could end a bitter legal confrontation with Apple over privacy.

The two sides were due to square up in court on Tuesday in the latest round of a very public battle to decide whether the tech giant could be forced to develop software to sidestep encryption and reveal data from a phone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, who was shot dead alongside his wife in a terrorist attack last year that killed 14 people..."

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Apple and Android phones now offer encryption


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