• San Bernardino Shooter’s Apple Password Changed While in Government Possession

    February 22, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    They lie like a rug.


    In an attempt to convince Americans that having encryption and password-beating backdoors installed on their electronics so the government can snoop, the FBI first claimed the evil ISIS terrorists who shot up San Bernardino found a way to “beat” all of the resources of the NSA and lock down their iPhone to prevent further plots from being discovered. Lives were at risk, so the Fourth Amendment be damned!


    That wasn’t really true.

    It turns out, as the Justice Department acknowledged in its court filing, that the passcode of shooter Syed Farook’s iCloud account had been reset by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, “in an attempt to gain access to some information in the hours after the attack… but that had the effect of eliminating the possibility of an auto-backup.” A federal official familiar with the investigation confirmed that investigators were indeed in possession of the phone when the reset occurred.

    So, OK, it wasn’t the darn terrorists who did it, it was the dumb hicks at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Well, nonetheless, it wasn’t the FBI’s fault, so the FBI should be given the hacking tools needed to access all iPhone everywhere forever, or, maybe, something might happen again someday somewhere. At least with things in the FBI’s hands, such dumb mistakes wouldn’t happen.


    Only that wasn’t really true either.

    It turns out it was in fact the best of the best, FBI investigators seeking to recover data from the iPhone, who demanded a technician in the County Department of Public Health to reset the phone’s iCloud password. “The county and the FBI were working together cooperatively to obtain data, and at the point when it became clear the only way to accomplish the task at hand was to reset the iCloud password, the FBI asked the county to do so, and the county complied,” a spokesman for San Bernardino County said in an email. Except that wasn’t true or accurate and they screwed things up further by trying something dumb.


    So here is what is true.

    Apple could have recovered information from the phone had the Apple ID passcode not been changed under orders from the FBI, Apple said. If the phone was taken to a location where it recognized the Wi-Fi network, such as the San Bernardino shooters’ home, it could have easily been backed up to the cloud. The FBI then lied about whose incompetence lead to the mistake.

    In other words, while the FBI is demanding massive changes in how Apple protects your privacy, none of those change would even be necessary if anyone on the government side understood how iCloud works. And these guys want us to believe we can trust them with our data, and indeed, our freedom.




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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “We may be FB-Incompetent, but we is consistent.”

      Tell that to Stephen Hatfill, Bruce Ivins, etc…

      http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/05/the-wrong-man/308019/

      02/22/16 9:15 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Hatfill’s attorney has his doubts. After taking Harp’s deposition, Connolly says, he went home and half-jokingly told his wife, “We’re building a bomb shelter. If these are the guys in charge of our national security, we’re all in serious trouble.”

      02/22/16 9:17 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      3

      Ok, I’m filing this episode of FBI on Drugs under..

      “you can’t make this shit up”.

      sheeezusHchrist, notwithstanding FBI’s lying, if incompetence were weather, the US Gmen would rival Cyclone Winston. Unfortunately, it won’t matter. Comey’s under the table tapping on Congress’s shoulder
      will ultimately lead to codifying the funeral of the 4th Amendment…

      https://www.lawfareblog.com/we-could-not-look-survivors-eye-if-we-did-not-follow-lead

      Like Marci Wheeler says..
      “I’m going to keep saying this. Guy who claims FBI would never NOT chase down a lead has NEVER opened Torture Report.”

      Indeed. What a scum sucking asshole.

      Rich Bauer said…

      “If these are the guys in charge of our national security, we’re all in serious trouble.”

      National Security. right. Meanwhile..a Uber driver kills 6 people.

      02/22/16 12:03 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

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      the FBI first claimed the evil ISIS terrorists who shot up San Bernardino found a way to “beat” all of the resources of the NSA and lock down….

      What a joke Peter
      Is the PW changes done unknowingly or stupidity or something ales!

      So they are not just Blind Into Baghdad , it turns out also there were blind in CIA

      02/22/16 1:15 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I think the FBI should plead the 5th when asked questions about their competence like Bogliano did for Hillary’ compliance to transparency and honesty. No one seems to be bothering him anymore and the FBI probably just wants to be left alone.

      02/22/16 3:39 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Peter said:

      “They lie like a rug.”unquote
      Peter..I’ll file that under Great Moments in Massive. Understatements.

      In reality, US Attorneys are the biggest FUCKING LIARS ON THE PLANET…..

      If ever, there was an organization dedicated to twisting the truth, obfuscation of biblical proportions, and outright lying to a judges face..the DOJ is it.

      Read the following STATUTE..and tell me these scum sucking DOJ bastards don’t know how to fucking read. HOW GODDAMNED CLEAR CAN A LAW GET?????????????????????

      https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2016/02/calea-limits-all-writs-act-and-protects-security-apples-phones

      ya know, in a parallel universe where words MEAN what they mean and laws mean what they mean..ie..laws proscribing PRISON SENTENCES FOR PERJURY.. the prisons would be full of US Attorneys.

      Here…meh. These cocksucking, mother fucking bastards go home, only to lie another day.

      And YEAH I’M PISSED OFF. If the EFF can’t prove that antiquated piece of shit law called the ALL WRITS ACT isn’t limited by CALEA… I’ll blow my fucking brains out.

      02/22/16 6:47 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

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      bloodypitchfork said…
      Here…meh. These cocksucking, mother fucking bastards go home, only to lie another day.

      This is the e gangster of lies

      10-second history of the war articulated it as many Americans

      The moment at Saturday’s debate should highlight the degree to which many Americans, from voters right up to presidential candidates, still misunderstand — and failed to learn from — the story of how America came to expend 4,500 of its citizens’ lives in a war that would kill well over 100,000 Iraqis, destroy an entire nation, and help send the Middle East spiraling into chaos.

      America’s unlearned lesson:the forgotten truth about why we invaded Iraq

      02/23/16 1:06 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      jhoover said…

      “This is the e gangster of lies

      10-second history of the war articulated it as many Americans”

      What the fuck are you babbling about. I never said a damn word about the Iraq war. READ my post. It’s about the ALL WRITS ACT vs CALEA, and the US Attorneys who LIED through thier teeth to the judge who issued the demand on Apple to write software for the FBI to overide the 10 password tries that would disintegrate the data.

      I don’t know what your problem is, but you are clearly confused about something.

      02/23/16 7:40 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      If ISIS ever comes out with action figures for girl suicide bombers in training to play with they’ve got the perfect facial template in the San Bernadino shooter- defiant stare of an airhead female.

      02/23/16 9:05 AM | Comment Link

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    • jhoover said...

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      bloodypitchfork,

      You prove your are idiot and real bloodypitch? you got it

      You and others who puts statements never been look far from noise about what all US done and doing around the world.

      I don’t care where and when lies happen but Iraq its very clear example hovering over of the sky clouds of lies by you American who supported (80% give the thump up to invade Iraq) F* Bush.

      Now you got new F* Trump read the Internet most of you disappointed about him and his momentum, put one simple question to all of you who vote him? did Iraqis? Muslims? vote him?

      Go get life man another American F* idiot

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      Apple should include a warning on smartphones for potential terrorists to please destroy their phones so the FBI will stop bugging Apple.

      02/28/16 11:15 AM | Comment Link

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