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Paul and Jason have a wager on whether the FBI tells Apple how it accessed the phone within a year. I want in on the bet.
Last Thursday I participated in a discussion (not really a debate) about the broader implications of the Apple v. FBI dispute. The event was hosted by George Washington University. I was joined by Ari Schwartz (former WH cyber staffer) and Amitai Etzioni. Our moderator was Professor Lance Hoffman of the GWU Cyber Security and Privacy Reseach Institute. Here is the video:
Who is helping the FBI crack the Apple iPhone? Some skeptics say "noone." Other conspircy theorists say, "the NSA." Now Reuters tells us it is an Israeli firm.
Israel's Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Yesterday, the Department of Justice filed a motion to vacate a hearing previously scheduled for today on whether Apple can be compelled to unlock the iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attacks.
The FBI has asked Magistrate Sheri Pym to postpone a court hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, on the her order that Apple assist the FBI in disabling the “10-wrong-tries-and-phone-is-erased” feature of the San Bernadino terrorist’s iPhone in FBI possession.
Could both of the magistrate judge rulings in the dueling Apple-FBI disputes in Brooklyn and San Bernardino to date be wrong? We believe that the answer is "yes," and explain why the best reading of the All Writs Act compels that counterintuitive result.
Apple has filed its reply to the government's opposition to Apple's motion to vacate an order compelling the technology company to assist the FBI in unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.
The Steptoe panel discusses Apple's brief against providing additional assistance to the FBI, the California AG's breach report, DHS's guidelines for information sharing, and more.
"[A]n extraordinary access requirement is likely to have a negative impact on technological development, the United States’ international standing, and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy and will have adverse long-term effects on the security, privacy, and civil liberties of citizens."