It looks as though FBI Director James Comey, long a critic of the iPhone's security measures, may at last have something to cheer about. Today a circuit court judge in Virginia ruled that the fingerprints used to access an iPhone through Touch ID aren't protected by the Fifth Amendment, thus allowing law enforcement officials to access the devices of suspects.
The comparative safety of data on Apple's devices has long been one of their chief selling points, and FBI Director James Comey just can't stand it when Apple plays up those features. And now that Google, too, has taken to tightening up its mobile operating system, he announced to reporters today that he'd been in talks with the companies. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law," he said, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Remember when Apple's Mac OS was largely a niche system and the cyber thugs of the world largely left us alone? There were some good aspects about those days, as Malwarebytes reminds us with a report of some nasty "ransomware" currently circulating through Macs that masquerades as an official FBI notice demanding $300. Trojans like these are old news for most Windows users, but they're unfamiliar enough on Macs that they might catch some users unaware. Worse yet, they also feed on contemporary fears about the monitoring of electronic devices by the NSA.
Still worried your Apple device's UDID, and subsequently your personal information, floating around on a hacker group's hard drive? Well, there's no denying Antisec have managed to snatch up a ton of device codes, but exactly how the identifying tokens were lifted is a bit of a mystery. Now, both the FBI and Apple are deying any and all knowledge.
So, it's official: Apple is holding a media event in one week and it looks pretty likely we'll finally see the next iPhone for real there. The blogosphere has been quite busy over the last 24 hours wondering if the shadowy number "5" means the handset will actually be called iPhone 5 despite previous rumors to the contrary. As you ponder this question for yourselves, let's get up to speed on what went down overnight...
Of course there's iPad 3 rumors, of course there are. You'd be a fool not to expect them. Our only surprise is that they haven't reached such feverish blistered fingers hot levels yet. Maybe it's because Tim Cook's iPhone 4S was such a lukewarm affair compared to the Steve mojo. At any rate, we've got that and a few other spicy bits for you to chew on in this week's muy caliente roundup.
Does the FBI have a file on all of us? Some conspiracy theorists believe so, but it should probably come as no surprise to discover that the Feds definitely had one on the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, dating back to 1991. Curious to read what it says? Thankfully, the 191-page document is now available for all to read, complete with redacted segments. But that’s just the icing on the cake for what’s been happening since this morning -- here’s a look at what else is making news for Thursday, February 9, 2012.
The FBI spoke on Thursday saying that it was going to begin looking as to what went awry in the AT&T security breach of iPad email addresses. Since then, AT&T has acknowledged the flaw on their site. Apparently about 114,000 iPad 3G users' emails were hacked.