Since 2011 the FBI has used facial recognition software to identify people during criminal investigations. The agency combs through a database of over 411 million photos, including everything from mugshots to driver’s licenses. Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that’s critical of the…
An Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) investigation just revealed an awfully Orwellian fact: the FBI is working with government researchers to develop advanced tattoo recognition technology. This would allow law enforcement to sort and identify people based on their tattoos to determine “affiliation to gangs,…
Today, Yahoo announced the public disclosure of three National Security Letters it received from the FBI—an acknowledgement that’s happening for the first time due to the reforms of the USA Freedom Act, according to the company.
Back in March, I filed a Freedom of Information request with the FBI asking if the agency had ever wiretapped an Amazon Echo. This week I got a response: “We can neither confirm nor deny...”
James Comey, FBI director and encryption skeptic, hates that you can communicate privately and securely.
A proposed change to the ‘Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure’ issued yesterday by the United States Supreme Court allows federal judges to grant the FBI permission to hack multiple computers at once, including machines belonging to people who haven’t been suspected of a crime. It can even hack people the FBI knows to…
When you think of the FBI, Apple, and security, chances are you aren’t picturing an amicable working relationship designed to ensure the security of American citizens. But there’s actually a White House initiative that’s supposed to force exactly that! Shame it’s not really working.
In 2015, the FBI hacked Tor to identify users of child sex websites. Now a judge has thrown out evidence acquired during the investigation.
On October 12th, 1983, Bill Landreth called his friend Chris in Detroit to chat. Chris frantically explained that the FBI had raided his house. “Don’t call me anymore,” Chris said in what would be a very short conversation. Bill didn’t know exactly what was happening, but he did know this: If the FBI had come for…
Despite paying a team of hackers to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, the FBI may have no power to share the secrets behind the method.
I was kind of tired of the FBI vs. Apple story, but now it has a secret collective of morally ambiguous hackers, and I’m into it again.
The battle between the FBI and Apple isn’t over yet.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is widening their help to local law enforcement officials across the country by offering “technical assistance”.
The government used the All Writs Act in a failed attempt to make Apple write software that would weaken its security to help unlock a seized iPhone. That case was vacated this month, after a dramatic public battle. But the government is still using the All Writs Act to corral tech companies, including Google.
In 2015, the FBI hacked Tor to identify users of child sex websites. But despite requests being made in court, it’s now refusing to reveal the finer points of how it carried out the operation.
The FBI has successfully hacked the iPhone connected to the San Bernardino massacre, the Department of Justice has dropped its case against Apple, so all should be well in the world. Not so: Apple would like the last word.
FBI vs. Apple is over. At least round one, anyways. The government has confirmed that it was able to get the data off the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without Apple, and it is dropping the lawsuit compelling Apple to write security-weakening malware.