Apple iPhone Unlock Order

Here is a copy of the Order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in California requiring Apple to render “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI in obtaining access to an iPhone used by one the San Bernardino terror shooters.

I have previously argued that, under appropriate circumstances and pursuant to a search warrant, the government should be able to obtain passwords and decryption keys from suspects necessary to obtain the plaintext versions of files on seized devices.  The Apple case, however, is different because the court is ordering a non-suspect third party technology company to actively assist with an investigation.  While I might support carefully tailored legislation regarding law enforcement access to encryption keys, a court order such as this one without specific statutory authorization seems troubling.

Curated Links on Ukraine Power Grid Hack

Here are some key sources discussing the recent cyber attack on Ukraine’s power grid:

SANS ICS Blog:  Confirmation of Coordinated Attack on Ukranian Power Grid

iSight Partners Blog:  Sandworm Team and the Ukranian Power Attacks

ESET:  BlackEnergy Trojan Strikes Again:  Attacks on Ukrainian Electric Power Industry

SecureList:  New Observations on BlackEnergy 2 APT Activity




PLI Presentation

I presented this morning at PLI’s annual “Think Like a Lawyer, Talk Like a Geek” seminar.  Here is my presentation, which focuses on cyber risk insurance issues.