On today's edition of the KCRW daily news program Press Play
, I speak with host Madeleine Brand about what we know, as of today, about any new capabilities the FBI may have acquired in its quest to bypass the security features on Apple iOS devices in various investigations.
After suddenly dropping the so-called 'FBI vs. Apple' case involving the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone, reports indicate that the FBI is newly able to defeat security on iPhones and iOS devices in other cases. They're not telling Apple, or anyone else who's talking, how they did it.
The FBI insisted that if Apple unlocked the iPhone in the San Bernardino terrorism case that it would be a one-time deal. Now it’s been reported that they’ll help unlock an iPhone and iPod in an Arkansas murder case. And in another case, the LAPD was issued a warrant earlier this year that would have allowed them to use a murder suspect’s finger to unlock their iPhone. That and more in this week’s web roundup.
Tune in to the show every Thursday for my internet news roundup for Boing Boing on KCRW's Press Play.
PHOTO: A man displays a protest message on his iPhone at a small rally in support of Apple's refusal to help the FBI access the cell phone of a gunman involved in the killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, in Santa Monica, California, United States, February 23, 2016. [REUTERS]
Hunter John Drexler, one of the two teens accused of murdering a couple who were grandparents in Arkansas.
Medical devices have long been the locus of information security’s scariest failures: from the testing and life-support equipment in hospitals to the implants that go in your body: these systems are often designed to harvest titanic amounts of data about you, data you’re not allowed to see that’s processed by code you’re not allowed to […]
Did you think you got away clean when you ate at Chipotle without dying of listeria? Not so fast!
One of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s government ministers told a reporter from The Sun that the government is planning on invoking the “Technical Capabilities Orders” section of the Snoopers Charter, a 2016 domestic spying bill; the “orders” allow the government to demand that companies cease using working cryptography in their products and services, substituting […]
If you are camping during rainy season, or just want a TSA-approved lighter, these plasma torches make perfect travel companions. These gas-free lighters create a small plasma beam that’s safer than butane to use and more environmentally friendly. It creates a super-hot, splashproof flame so you can get a campfire going, or have a smoke […]
If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything […]
While some people still maintain that everything in Apple’s walled garden “just works” and is immune to the rampant malware of the Windows world, the reality is different. The Mac’s growing market share has made it a much more viable target for malicious actors, and its built-in tools aren’t always enough to fix things. Drive […]