Tuesday November 07, 2017

Encryption Showdown? FBI Can’t Get into Texas Church Shooter’s Phone

According to Christopher Combs, FBI special agent in charge, the authorities have been unable to get into the phone of Devin Patrick Kelley due to encryption. That problem could rekindle a battle that gained national attention after Apple refused to help federal investigators break into an iPhone used by Syed Farook, the shooter who killed 14 in San Bernardino, CA in 2015.

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"It actually highlights an issue that you’ve all heard about before, with the advance of the technology and the phones and the encryptions," Combs said at a press conference Tuesday. "Law enforcement -- whether that’s at the state and local or at the federal level -- is increasingly not able to get into these phones." Combs declined to reveal what type of cellphone Kelley owned.