Reuters released Wednesday the results of a poll that found more people—just less than half—supported Apple in its decision to fight a government order to create a backdoor in iOS. Those results contrast sharply to a Pew poll released earlier in the week that found a majority of people wanted Apple to do the government's bidding. The differences in those results come down in part to the way the questions were phrased.
The one-off use the FBI promised for the iPhone it wants Apple to help hack already looks to be falling apart because the Department of Justice is working to get similar orders for about 12 more cases. Like the iPhone in the San Bernardino shooting, the DOJ is using the All Writs Act in an effort to force Apple to bypass the passcode security features built into iOS.
The FBI is currently winning the battle of public opinion in its battle to force Apple to create a backdoor into iOS. The Pew Research Center published the results of a survey that found 51 percent of adults, 18 years of age or older, living in the continental United States, agreed with the FBI that Apple should unlock the iPhone used by a terrorist involved in an attack in San Bernardino, CA, in December of 2015. It's too bad that's not what Apple has been ordered to do. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says his company is sympathetic to Apple and its fight with the FBI over intentionally removing security features from iOS as part of an investigation. He said stripping away encryption protections won't help security, echoing Apple CEO Tim Cook's stance.
The debate around whether or not Apple should be forced to strip security features out of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone rages on with CEO Tim Cook calling for a commission to discuss technology, security, privacy, and law enforcement. Mr. Cook's proposal is Apple's latest salvo following a Federal court order compelling Apple to create the tools the FBI needs to hack into an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last December's San Bernardino terrorist attack—and that sounds far more level headed than rushing down a one way path that strips away our privacy and national security.
The San Bernardino Health Department said in a tweet that the iCloud account used by Syed Rizwan Farook was reset at the request of the FBI. On Friday, court documents and statements from Apple revealed that the iCloud account had been reset 24 hours after the FBI seized an iPhone used by Syed Farook after he and his wife killed 14 people in an act of terror.
Apple offered the FBI four different options for recovering data on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the terrorists involved in an attack in San Bernardino, CA, in December. None of those methods involved Apple creating a backdoor into iOS as ordered by a federal court this week. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has called on America to boycott Apple until the company helps the FBI break into the phone of a dead terrorist. Mr. Trump has been vocal in his belief that Apple should create a backdoor into iOS that the FBI could then use access an iPhone found on the terrorists behind an attack San Bernardino, CA, in December of 2015.
General Michael Hayden, former director of both the CIA (2006 to 2009) and the NSA (1999 to 2005) says FBI Director James Comey is wrong about encryption, and that America and the American people will be "more secure" with unbreakable, end-to-end encryption.
Back in January, the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a rule that would allow cable and satellite TV customers to use any set-top box they want, not just the one provided to them. The proposal immediately fell under attack from the industry, claiming this would (somehow) reduce innovation. Today, in a 3-2 vote, the FCC will proceed with the process that includes the public comment period.
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