The FBI is Secretly Breaking Into Encrypted Devices - The ACLU is Suing

The FBI is secretly breaking the encryption that secures our cell phones and laptops from identity thieves, hackers, and abusive governments, and it refuses to even acknowledge that it has information about these efforts. Between our emails, text messages, location information, social media activity, and more, our cell phones hold almost our entire lives. In recent years, governments have stepped up efforts to gain access to the information on our cell phones and personal computers. The federal government has been pressuring companies to build encryption backdoors that would severely undermine our digital privacy and security, and both federal and state governments have regularly paid third-party vendors to break into people’s encrypted devices. Now, it appears the FBI has built an in-house capability to break into these devices. Publicly available information indicates that the Electronic Device Analysis Unit (EDAU), a team within the FBI, has acquired or is in the process of acquiring software that allows the government to unlock and decrypt information that is otherwise securely stored on cell phones. Public court records also describe instances where the EDAU appeared capable of accessing encrypted information off of a locked iPhone. And beyond that, the EDAU even sought to hire an electronics engineer whose major responsibilities would include “perform[ing] forensic extractions and advanced data recovery on locked and damaged devices.” https://www.aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/the-fbi-is-secretly-breaking-into-encrypted-devices-were-suing/ ............................................................................................. #internet #technology #privacy #hacking #encryption

thumb_up17thumb_downchat_bubble5

More from Luculent

Winter Solstice: Blessing for the Longest Night

5.85k views · Dec 24th, 2020
Daily Earth and Sun Report 12.24.2020 Solar Wind: speed: 567.6 km/sec density: 7.3 protons/cm^3 A small coronal hole turning into the earth, followed by a cluster of sunspots. At the moment all spaceweather is calm, and geomanetic conditions quiet. 7:23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GVcvHv2Mfw ................................................................................ #science #space #nature #education #news
279 views · Dec 24th, 2020

In Software Updates: Xfce 4.16 finally released!

307 views · Dec 24th, 2020

More from Luculent

Winter Solstice: Blessing for the Longest Night

5.85k views · Dec 24th, 2020
Daily Earth and Sun Report 12.24.2020 Solar Wind: speed: 567.6 km/sec density: 7.3 protons/cm^3 A small coronal hole turning into the earth, followed by a cluster of sunspots. At the moment all spaceweather is calm, and geomanetic conditions quiet. 7:23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GVcvHv2Mfw ................................................................................ #science #space #nature #education #news
279 views · Dec 24th, 2020

In Software Updates: Xfce 4.16 finally released!

307 views · Dec 24th, 2020