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The little company that broke into a Terrorists iPhone 5C

The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. It turned to a little-known Australian firm.

The iPhone used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino shooting was unlocked by a small Australian hacking firm in 2016, ending a momentous standoff between the U.S. government and the tech titan Apple.

The tale of the unlocking of the terrorist’s iPhone, reconstructed through Washington Post interviews with several people close to the situation, shines a light on a hidden world of bug hunters and their often-fraught relationship with the creator of the devices whose flaws they uncover. Azimuth is a poster child for “white hat” hacking, experts say, which is good-guy cybersecurity research that aims to disclose flaws and disavows authoritarian governments.

Two Azimuth hackers teamed up to break into the San Bernardino iPhone, according to the people familiar with the matter, who like others quoted in this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. Founder Mark Dowd, 41, is an Australian coder who runs marathons and who, one colleague said, “can pretty much look at a computer and break into it.” One of his researchers was David Wang, who first set hands on a keyboard at age 8, dropped out of Yale, and by 27 had won a prestigious Pwnie Award — an Oscar for hackers — for “jailbreaking” or removing the software restrictions of an iPhone.

FBI officials were relieved but also somewhat disappointed, according to people familiar with the matter. They knew they were losing an opportunity to have a judge bring legal clarity to a long-running debate over whether the government may compel a company to break its own encryption for law enforcement purposes.


Ran across this on The Gilmore Girls

Those "vaccine" people got nothing on me.

It is so here’s what I did. I got one of those tracking shots “vaccine” they call it. Then I replaced the Sprint SIM card in my phone with a T-Mobile card but here’s the kicker, I then went to a 5G tower licked it and dry humped it (in that order) then went home and plugged in our 5G extender upstairs. I’m telling ya they won’t know where I am. North end of the house or south end - upstairs downstairs their equipment will be spinning like mad trying to find me.

COVID vaccines - something very important to remember

You thought this was just a campaign thing didn’t you?

Okay since you came by here’s a little BONUS for you

Nope. Not funny. Not funny at all. Nope not this 30 second clip. Nope.

I know this is Lounge stuff but come on, you need a laugh.

Eric Trump's wedding planner fined + banned from govt employment

Former Trump HUD official fined, barred from government employment

A federal watchdog on Tuesday said it fined former Trump housing official Lynne Patton $1,000 and barred her from federal employment for four years after she violated a law prohibiting executive branch employees from engaging in political activities while on duty.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel penalized Patton, who served as Housing and Urban Development regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, over a video she produced with New York City Housing Authority residents to air at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

The office investigated whether the political project violated the Hatch Act following a complaint filed by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Patton had been the vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation and reportedly planned Eric Trump’s wedding before her appointment to a top post at HUD, where she regularly drew criticism for making political statements on the job.


Damn. Atlanta is a state on Fox News.


Trump has an office to play in now. 🤡😆😳😁


Hey! It's April 6th again! ONE YEAR WITHOUT A CIGARETTE

After basically 35 years of smoking I had my last smoke April 5th last year. April 6th is my quit date. I’ve never liked the number 45 - not for political reasons - which gave me an extra day of smoking a year ago.

So on a Sunday morning a year ago I got up and had two smokes with my morning coffee on the back deck. Waited until I wanted another, smoked it, and then started with THE PATCH. I wore the patch waaaay to long into September I think, it greatly tore up my shoulders even though I rotated it everyday.

I can’t say I even think about them much anymore. Mostly when I’m busting butt in the yard or on a project and I take a break. For most of my life “taking a break” involved a cigarette.

I have to admit I really surprised myself doing it. The lockdown was counter to the normal way of doing it but the steps I’d have had to take to get a pack threw lots of hurdles and stops in the way.

Jen Psaki, Newsmax's John Gizzi, and the infrastructure "secret memo"

Oooh “someone” “is claiming to have gone through it” and added it up

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