Apple's fight with the FBI

Here's everything you need to know about the fight between Apple and the FBI in two minutes.
FBI paid at least $1 million to hack into terrorist's iPhone, director says

The FBI paid more than $1 million to an unidentified third party to help agents unlock the iPhone of a terrorist involved in last year’s San Bernardino

Justice Department still seeks Apple's help to unlock a drug dealer's iPhone

 The Justice Department still needs Apple¿s help in unlocking a convicted drug dealer¿s iPhone in a New York City case, despite successfully having employed a third-party to access a similar device used by one of the terrorists involved in December¿s San Bernardino attacks.

FBI director says its hack is for iPhone 5C only; feds debate sharing method with Apple

The FBI has not decided whether to share with Apple Inc. details about how the bureau hacked into an iPhone linked to a California terrorism investigation, the

FBI agrees to help Arkansas prosecutors open iPhone after hack of San Bernardino device

The FBI has agreed to help prosecutors gain access to an iPhone 6 and an iPod that might hold evidence in an Arkansas murder trial, just days after the agency

Why the FBI's hack of Apple iPhone could remain top secret

Unlocking the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters might not have the far-reaching effects that some once thought.

Apple wants the FBI to reveal how it hacked the San Bernardino killer's iPhone

Apple Inc. refused to give the FBI software the agency desperately wanted. Now Apple is the one that needs the FBI's assistance.

Will the FBI share its iPhone-cracking method with police? Probably not

The successful hack of a phone linked to the San Bernardino terror attacks is unlikely to help police win greater access to encrypted data in thousands of

FBI hacks iPhone: Does this make your phone less private?

A legal battle weighing privacy rights against the government's need to investigate terrorism came to an end Monday when the FBI said it found a way to gain

FBI unlocks San Bernardino shooter's iPhone and ends legal battle with Apple, for now

Federal officials said Monday that they have unlocked the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters and are dropping a request in front of a federal judge that sought to force Apple to help with that effort.

Words of warning — not celebration — in Silicon Valley after FBI ends Apple fight

That legal mess between the FBI and Apple over the last two months? The tech world wants to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Quiz: Is this a way to hack an iPhone ... or kill James Bond?

Can you tell whether these are real techniques suggested for hacking the iPhone at the heart of the Apple-FBI fight or ways a James Bond movie character has tried to kill 007?

Why few hackers are lining up to help FBI crack iPhone encryption

Wary of the stigma of working with the FBI, many established hackers say assisting the investigation would violate their industry¿s core principles.

Is the Israeli firm Cellebrite helping the FBI crack San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone?

Federal officials have been tight-lipped about exactly who has offered to help them open the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook -- without help

What it means for Apple if feds have found a way to crack shooter's iPhone

In its monthlong fight with the Department of Justice over digital privacy, Apple has insisted it would under no circumstances force its engineers to undermine

FBI should know within 2 weeks if terrorist Farook's iPhone can be unlocked without Apple's help

A top FBI official said it would take at least two weeks to determine whether investigators can open the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook without help from Apple.

Apple vs. FBI: iPhone encryption battle likely to continue even after San Bernardino

The U.S. government's announcement that it might be able to unlock a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone without Apple's help is not likely to end the debate over

FBI-Apple case: Why did feds suddenly cancel a big hearing? Here are 5 theories

A federal court on Monday signed off on the Justice Department's request to cancel a major hearing i

FBI says it might be able to unlock San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone without Apple's help

The U.S. government says it might have a way to unlock the iPhone of one of the assailants in December's terror attack in San Bernardino without the help of Apple.

Tim Cook jumps right into discussing Apple-FBI iPhone encryption fight

As Apple Inc. began Monday's product-launch event, there was an elephant in the room: the company's legal battle with the U.S. government over an encrypted

Apple reasserts its claim that forcing it to help the FBI unlock an iPhone would be illegal

In its back-and-forth legal wrangling with the FBI over a killer's locked iPhone, Apple got a final word in Tuesday -- arguing again in court papers that

3 realistic solutions to prevent another FBI-Apple fight over encryption

Since the 1990s, U.S. law enforcement has expressed concern about "going dark," defined as an inability to access encrypted communications or data even with a

In FBI encryption fight, Apple seeks Latino support

The interview and other recent steps by the worlds most valuable company suggest Apple is attempting to frame the contentious battle over encryption with key demographic groups including o ...

In fight over locked iPhone, justice officials push back against Apple

Justice officials on Thursday made the latest move in their high-stakes legal battle with Apple, pushing back against the technology company¿s efforts to escape an order compelling it to help unlock a terrorist¿s iPhone.

Apple executive says FBI's iPhone demand would create huge setback in security arms race

Apple¿s top software developer said acceding to the FBI¿s request in the San Bernardino terrorism ca

Prosecutor: San Bernardino killer's iPhone could contain 'cyber-pathogen'

A local prosecutor has offered an unusual justification for forcing Apple to help hack an iPhone used by a San Bernardino mass killer.

San Bernardino families ask a judge to force Apple to unlock a terrorist's iPhone

For years, the fight between Silicon Valley and law enforcement leaders over access to encrypted cel

Thwarted by the iPhone, hackers turn to other products

Computer hacker Will Strafach had no trouble seizing control of the original iPhone. Same went for later generations over the next five years.

How a 1789 law impacts your iPhone

Should the courts  seized from a murderous terrorist or a dangerous criminal? For law enforcement officials across the country, this is a question of public

FBI isn't the only agency that failed to unlock the San Bernardino killer's iPhone

FBI Director James B. Comey said his agents have ¿engaged all parts of the U.S. government¿ to try to get into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook¿s work iPhone -- with nothing to show for it.

Apple, the FBI, and the Internet of Things: Your whole house is open to attack

The unfolding showdown between Apple and the FBI is almost invariably depicted in terms of the security and privacy of your smartphone.

The fight between Apple and the FBI moves to Capitol Hill

The fight over unlocking the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday when FBI director James B. Comey and Apple¿s general counsel are both set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee.

Apple wins a round in fight over accessing locked iPhones in criminal investigations

Apple won the latest round in its battle with the U.S. government over accessing iPhones in criminal investigations on Monday when a federal judge said he would not force the technology giant to assist in a drug probe.

The federal government is fighting Apple for something the police want too

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Cahhal doesn't mince words when deputies bring him an iPhone 6 and ask for help gathering information from the device.

Apple's Tim Cook to shareholders: Taking on the FBI is the right thing to do

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook defended his hard-line stance against the FBI and authorities over consumer privacy as ¿the right things to do¿ during the company¿s annual investors conference Friday.

Apple's war with the FBI

The tussle between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ratcheted up a notch Thursday, with Apple telling a federal magistrate that she violated the

While it defies U.S. government, Apple abides by China's orders — and reaps big rewards

Apple Inc. has come out swinging in its pitched battle with the government on its home turf.

Apple: San Bernardino iPhone hack could take up to 4 weeks, 10 employees

It would take Apple Inc. two to four weeks and up to 10 employees to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, an Apple official said in the company¿s much-anticipated court filing Thursday.

Apple court papers: FBI is seeking 'dangerous power' that violates its constitutional rights

Apple dug in Thursday for its blockbuster legal battle against the U.S. government, arguing in new court papers that a federal judge overstepped her authority

FBI director calls Apple case 'hardest question' in government

The fight between Apple and the FBI over unlocking one of the San Bernardino attackers¿ phones will impact other cases where law enforcement is trying to get access to encrypted devices, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.

Apple's Tim Cook disappointed with Justice Department's handling of San Bernardino case

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the Obama administration should have done more to work out a technical solution with his company before seeking a controversial court order in the San Bernardino terrorism investigation.

Whether Apple or FBI is winning the PR war depends on which poll you're looking at

Americans stand firmly behind the FBI's effort to force Apple to unlock their phones, according to the latest polls.

Chinese tech execs side with Apple -- or maybe just against the FBI

Chinese technology executives are weighing in on the standoff between and the -- and they're taking Apple's side.

Apple says its dispute with the FBI is a 1st Amendment issue that Congress should decide

Battle lines continued to be drawn in the dispute between Apple Inc. and the FBI as attorneys for the tech giant offered a clearer sense of their strategy to

Apple will argue that the FBI's court order violates its free-speech rights

In Apple's fight to knock down a court order requiring it to help FBI agents unlock a killer¿s iPhone, the tech giant plans to argue that the judge in the case has overreached in her use of an obscure law and infringed on the company¿s 1st Amendment rights, an Apple attorney said Tuesday.

While the FBI battles Apple over encryption, pushback from the tech industry persists

The FBI hasn't made any headway in its standoff with Apple Inc., and the bitter feud isn't changing minds at competitors either.

In the fight to unlock iPhones, the U.S. government has more to lose than Apple

It is a battle for public opinion almost as much as it is for the law.

How you might feel about Apple right now if your boyfriend died in San Bernardino

Among those debating Apple's stance against the Justice Department are a handful of people who know from experience what it is like to have a terrorist's gun

Apple vs. FBI: Congressman urges Comey to drop demands, 'take a deep breath'

Amid the tense standoff between the FBI and Apple, protests are planned across the nation Tuesday supporting the tech giant's refusal to unlock the San Bernardino gunman¿s iPhone.

Bill Gates on Apple-FBI fight: 'Government shouldn't have to be completely blind'

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates has jumped into the debate over Apple Inc.'s fight with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack, saying "the government shouldn't have to be completely blind."

Car makers had to install air bags; shouldn't Apple have to hack its iPhone?

Apple lawyer Ted Olson said Sunday that the tech heavyweight has good reason not to help federal investigators hack an iPhone that belonged to one of the San

Apple backs idea for panel to study technology and national security

Apple, which is battling a legal order to help the FBI open a terrorist's encrypted iPhone, urged the government to back down Monday, calling instead for a

Pew survey: More Americans say Apple should unlock terrorist's iPhone

More than half of Americans say Apple should unlock an iPhone at the center of a escalating battle with the government, a new Pew Resarch Center survey found.

Apple doubles down on idea that helping unlock iPhone would be dangerous

The struggle between Apple Inc. and federal officials over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terror attack is a legal battle, but for Apple, it's also a battle to stay in its customers' good graces.

The war between the FBI and Apple just heated up again

The public battle between Apple and the FBI over a court order requiring the tech giant to unlock the San Bernardino gunman's iPhone continued to heat up

FBI director on Apple clash: 'Take a deep breath' in debate over privacy and safety

The FBI is resorting to the courts to force Apple to unlock the San Bernardino gunman's iPhone not to "set a precedent or send any kind of message," but to

Apple attorney: Unlocking San Bernardino shooter's iPhone would open 'Pandora's box'

 To comply with the FBI's demand to unlock mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone would spring open "Pandora's box," endangering the privacy of millions of

Apple vs. FBI: Battle over unlocking phone gets nastier

The battle between the FBI and Apple Inc. over whether the tech giant should help open the locked cellphone of one of the San Bernardino shooters took a

Apple and feds reveal San Bernardino shooter's iCloud password was reset hours after attack

Senior Apple executives underscored Friday that they have no intention of backing down in a high-stakes fight with the FBI over an iPhone used by one of the

Justice Dept. questions Apple's motives in refusing to help FBI

The battle over Apple's refusal to give the FBI the tools to unlock a terrorist's smartphone escalated sharply Friday when the government urged a federal judge

Apple-FBI encryption fight shifts to the court of public opinion

Any hope that the Obama administration might try to de-escalate the fight with Apple evaporated Friday when the Justice Department asked a federal magistrate to

The conflict between Apple and the FBI has a long history--and your privacy is at stake

The consumer technology industry and the law enforcement community have been on a collision course over consumer privacy for years. Now, in the confrontation

How the iPhone's security measures work

Infographic explains how the iPhone's security measures work and what the FBI wants to do if they break into the phone.

Feds slam Apple, saying it could easily help unlock iPhone and is 'not above the law'

In a stinging rebuke to Apple, federal prosecutors contended Friday that the tech giant is "not above the law" and could easily help the government unlock a terrorist's iPhone without undermining anyone else's privacy.

Apple-FBI battle over San Bernardino terror attack investigation: All the details

Apple chief Tim Cook's refusal to help the FBI unlock a terrorist's iPhone set off a worldwide debate about whether technology providers should be able to protect users' data so securely, law enforcement is shut out. Here's what you need to know.

Apple's fight with the FBI has readers divided

When Apple objected to an order by a federal judge to build software to help unlock an iPhone that belonged to one the San Bernardino terrorists, it set-off a

Apple-FBI fight over iPhone encryption pits privacy against national security

A court order requiring Apple to create a way to help law enforcement get access to a terrorist's smartphone amounts to an "unprecedented" stretch of an

Battle lines drawn over encryption as Apple rebuffs FBI

As hackers prove time and again that they can and will invade our digital lives, Apple Inc. has strengthened its security system to make its services nearly

Why Apple's fight with the FBI could have reverberations in China

It's a battle that on its face appears to pit one of the biggest tech companies in the U.S. against the country's most powerful law enforcement agency. 

Apple CEO says helping FBI hack into terrorist's iPhone would be 'too dangerous'

Setting up a pitched battle between Silicon Valley and the counter-terrorism community, Apple's chief executive said Wednesday that his company would fight a

The FBI wants Apple to pry into your iPhone

Eleven weeks after the terrorist attack that left 14 dead in San Bernardino, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still trying to answer some nagging

Risks for tech industry abound in Apple-FBI faceoff

In the locked-iPhone battle between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple, the feds may have the judiciary on their side, but the tech giant has the

Should Apple unlock the San Bernardino terrorist's phone? Tell us what you think

Should Apple unlock the San Bernardino terrorist's phone for the FBI? Why or why not?

High-profile attorney Ted Olson joins Apple's fight against FBI terror probe

Legal titan Ted Olson has signed on to help Apple Inc. fight a court order requiring the tech giant to assist the FBI in unlocking a phone belonging to one of

Apple vs. FBI is epic fight over privacy and national security

Legal experts say the battle between the federal government and Apple Inc. over unlocking the contents of an iPhone is about more than simply helping

Cruz and Carson side with FBI in fight with Apple over San Bernardino data

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson both say Apple should help the FBI uncover encrypted data on a cellphone belonging to the San Bernardino

How an Apple passcode has foiled the FBI

Four numbers hardly seem like a foolproof way to protect a smartphone.

In San Bernardino, where terrorists struck, residents debate FBI vs. Apple

The terrorist attack that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino in December changed Rudy Garcia's sense of the world. The San Bernardino resident was at work at

Court order in San Bernardino case could force Apple to jeopardize phone security

Cyber security experts warned Wednesday that the battle over a court order requiring Apple to help the FBI access encrypted data on a cellphone belonging to the couple that killed 14 people in San Bernardino will have far-reaching consequences for the tech industry.

Apple opposes order to help FBI unlock phone belonging to San Bernardino shooter

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said his company will resist a federal judge's order to access encrypted data hidden on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year.

Why Apple is battling investigators over San Bernardino terrorists' iPhone

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook's stand against having his firm help unlock encrypted data on the San Bernardino shooters' cellphone is part of a larger battle between

Tim Cook's stance on unlocking that iPhone should be no surprise

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook has made no secret of his position on helping outsiders -- including the government -- access Apple users' information. Even before he said Wednesday that Apple would resist a federal judge's order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters who killed 14 people in a December rampage, Cook has said repeatedly that his company has never worked with government agencies to "create a back door" in any of its products or services.

Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why helping the FBI in terror phone probe is 'threat to data security'

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has issued a detailed statement explaining his company¿s reasons for declining to help federal investigators unlock encrypted data hidden in a phone used by one of the San Bernardino terror suspects.

FBI can't figure out how to unlock encrypted phone in San Bernardino investigation

FBI technicians have been unable to unlock encrypted data on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, the FBI director said Tuesday.