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Apple CEO Opposes Judge’s Order to Unlock iPhone in Wake of San Bernardino Attacks

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Apple CEO Tim Cook fired back at a federal judge’s order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernadino, saying the demands were “unprecedented,” The Washington Post reports. 

“We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a strongly worded open letter. “Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”

A magistrate judge in Riverside, Calif., signed an order Tuesday to request that Apple disable a feature that erases phone data after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter the password. That way, the judge said, investigators would have a better shot at cracking the password by using tens of millions of combinations without the data being deleted.

The FBI has been unable to access data on the phone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

“It has been two months now, and we are still working on it,” FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week.

The couple was using an iPhone5C.

Cook said in an open letter that Apple was “challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.”

FBI’s Most Wanted Cybercriminal Protected Used Name of His Cat As Password

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lot of questions have been raised about how the FBI managed to gain access to an encrypted computer by one of the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminals.

Turns out, Jeremy Hammond, who was savvy enough to hack the website of think tank Statfor, used a very simple password: “Chewy 123.”

“Chewy” was the name of Statfor’s cat.

That wasn’t hard to crack.

Hammong was arrested at his Chicago home in 2012.

FBI Probing Theft of 6.4 Million Passwords of Linkedin

 
 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Welcome to the endless headaches of the 21st Century.

Reuters reports that the FBI is investigating the theft of 6.4 million members’ passwords from the social network LinkedIn. The company says it doesn’t know of any accounts being taken over. To read more click here.

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Senators Want Justice Dept. to Probe Employers Asking for Facebook Passwords

By Leslie Horn
PC Magazine

Two U.S. senators are asking the Justice Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate whether employers asking for the Facebook passwords of job applicants is against the law.

The Associated Press is reporting that the offices of Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut announced that they have called for an official probe.

The news follows several reports of companies either asking for job candidates’ Facebook passwords or watching as candidates login to their accounts and click through photos, wall posts, comments, and other items that might otherwise be protected by privacy controls, a practice known as “shoulder surfing.”

To read the full story click here.