In a case about releasing information regarding unlocking a phone, the FBI presented a brief arguing that the security risks means it should not be required to release information about the company that unlocked the phone.
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This week, Lawfare will be rounding up coverage of some of our favorite national security topics of the past twelve months. Today, we're covering two topics on which readers may want a refresh before the issues heat up in 2017: FISA Section 702 and the Going Dark debate.
The enactment of the Rule 41 changes concludes a rather frivolous debate over government hacking and paves the way for a far more substantive one.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has released a new version of its white paper on "Smartphone Encryption and Public Safety."
In a recently released Brookings policy brief, I reccomend the next administration take an approach to “Going Dark” that strategically embraces lawful hacking as a possible alternative to legislation mandates.
A researcher has now demonstrated it is possible to unlock an iPhone using a technique the FBI claimed would not work in the San Bernardino controversy earlier this year, further strengthening the case against legislative mandates on encryption.
Continuing the conversation on Apple's Cloud Key Vault and its significance to the broader question of secure lawful access.
Just over a week ago, at the BlackHat hacker convention in Las Vegas, Ivan Krstić, Head of Security Engineering and Architecture at Apple gave a talk entitled “Behind the scenes of iOS Security,” the slides of which are available here.
In a recent post, Bruce Schneier says that “CIA Director John Brennan Pretends Foreign Cryptography Doesn't Exist”, and suggests that Brennan is either lying or ignorant. Bruce cites, in full, the relevant quote from the hearing:
The US government must come together with privacy advocates and stakeholders in Silicon Valley to explore thoughtful, non-reactionary solutions to the challenge of encryption, while there is still an opportunity for rational engagement.