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October 24, 2018

GrayKey iPhone Box Reportedly Cannot Unlock iOS 12 Devices

In a not surprising turn of events, it’s reported that the GrayKey box used by law enforcement to brute-force their way into your phone does not work with iOS 12 devices.

From Forbes:

Multiple sources familiar with the GrayKey tech tell Forbes the device can no longer break the passcodes of any iPhone running iOS 12 or above. On those devices, GrayKey can only do what’s called a “partial extraction,” sources from the forensic community said. That means police using the tool can only draw out unencrypted files and some metadata, such as file sizes and folder structures.

I consider this a net win. This is what the court system and warrants are for. 

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October 23, 2018

Alton Brown on Hot Ones

It’s not new, but I stumbled across Alton Brown on an episode of Hot Ones, and I loved it.

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Facebook’s New Ad Archive Report

From Facebook:

Facebook’s Ad Archive is a searchable database. It includes ads related to politics and issues of national importance that have run on Facebook or Instagram.

This report is a weekly summary of the archive and includes data for ads that have been viewed by people in the US for the time period selected above.

Making this report available to the public is part of Facebook’s efforts to increase transparency in advertising.

A step in the right direction, for sure!

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October 19, 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook is Calling for Bloomberg to Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story

From John Paczkowski and Joseph Bernstein over at BuzzFeed News:

“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”

“I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning,” said Cook.

“I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell, who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions,” said Cook. “Each time they brought this up to us, the story changed, and each time we investigated we found nothing.”

In addition to disputing the report itself, Cook also took issue with the lack of evidence he said Bloomberg supplied to document its claims. Cook said the reporters never provided Apple with any specific details about the malicious chips it is alleged to have found and removed. He added that he thinks the allegations are undergirded by “vague secondhand accounts.”

This story is getting so damn strange. Listening to the most recent episode of The Talk Show with John Gruber, Gruber mentioned his theory that this is more of a plot by folks within the Trump Administration to paint China in a bad light as a move to bolster the trade war with the country.

This quote at the end made me chuckle:

Meanwhile, companies that might possibly be among the 30 alleged to have been compromised are doing all they can to steer clear of the story. “We investigated and we found nothing,” an executive at one Fortune 50 company told BuzzFeed News. “Please leave us out of this. We weren’t mentioned and I don’t want us to be. I don’t know what the fuck is going on here.

Happy Friday!

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How Your Brain Works When You’re Brave

From Axios:

If science can find ways to make us braver — not stupidly brave, just better able to face danger — we might all be more functional people and be more willing to take risks, from starting businesses to living more adventurous lives.

Check out their summary and the original WSJ article, too. It’s a great read. 

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