Prosecutors hack phones seized in inauguration protests 

Prosecutors are trying to pull data from 100 locked phones seized during arrests made in Washington on Inauguration Day, according to court papers filed Wednesday.The officials said they have search warrants to extract data from the phones, which were taken by law enforcement officers on Jan. 20 from 214 individuals arrested on felony rioting charges related to demonstrations protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump, according to a BuzzFeed report.The filing suggests that even though the phones are locked, prosecutors have copied data from them, although it doesn’t describe their methods. Prosecutors said in the filing they expect to “produce all of the data from the searched [phones] in the next several weeks.”Wednesday’s filing comes amid a mounting war of words between tech companies and policy makers, who contend that terrorist groups are benefiting from encryption, the technology that jumbles communications and files so that only the intended recipient can read them. Tech companies have become increasingly diligent about including encryption in products and services in the wake of revelations about US government surveillance programs from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Source: Prosecutors hack phones seized in inauguration protests – CNET

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