US Government Finally Drops Apple Backdoor Request

apple-logo1The US government has dropped its attempts to force Apple to create backdoor access to a terrorist’s iPhone, claiming it has been able to find a way in itself.

A court filing (via The Register) made with the Central District of California on Monday, states the following:

“The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on [Syed] Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016.

Accordingly, the government hereby requests that the Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016 be vacated.”

The filing confirms what many had suspected when the government filed a court document a week ago requesting that a hearing on the case be put on hold.

It’s not clear how the FBI managed to crack the phone’s code or if an outside party helped it, although Apple is likely to want to know how its security mechanisms were bypassed and if the method could be used on other devices.

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France will not Ban Public Wi-Fi Or Tor Network, Prime Minister Valls Confirms

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Despite the French Ministry of Interior’s demands, France will not ban the TOR anonymity network or Free public Wi-Fi as a way to help the law enforcement fight terrorism.
French Prime Minister Manual Valls has gone on record saying that a ban on Free public Wi-Fi is “not a course of action envisaged,” and he is not in favor of banning the TOR anonymity network, either.
Following the deadly terror attacks on Paris last month, an internal document obtained by Le Mondeindicated that French government wanted to block communications of TOR as well as ban the use of Free Public Wi-Fi during states of emergency in an effort to fight terrorism more efficiently.
However, according to France PM, banning Encrypted Communications could affect the country’s economy and security.

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FESTAC robbers: Nigerian InfoSec Professional question the NPF claim to carry out forensic analysis on finger prints

In a post by the Premium Times Nigeria, the Nigerian Police force claim that a forensics analysis will be carried out on the finger prints of the FESTAC robbers. But a number of InfoSec Professionals in Nigeria have questioning how that is even possible because for a successful identification of a suspect,  their finger prints needs to be matched with a reference database.

It is a known fact that most ID cards(Drivers license, National ID, etc) used in Nigeria can obtained without the issuer properly capturing the biometrics.