Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Comey: FBI Couldn’t Access Hundreds of Devices Because of Encryption

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday the bureau is renewing its focus on the challenges posed by the growing use of encryption.

At Boston College's cybersecurity conference Wednesday, Comey said that he a fan of "strong encryption" but noted that "it is making more and more of the room of what the FBI investigates dark."

Between September and November, the FBI received 2,800 devices it had lawful authority to open but could not open 1,200 of them "with any technique," he said. 

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