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Internet giants rally behind Apple in FBI iPhone dispute

More than a dozen leading internet companies, including Twitter, Ebay, Linkedin and Airbnb, have taken legal action in support of Apple in its phone encryption battle with the FBI.

A total of 17 companies filed a combined legal brief backing Apple's resistance of demands it should help investigators access an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino killers.

Apple has earned more support over its refusal to help the FBI access the mobile phone of a gunman involved in the killings of 14 people in San Bernardino. Credit: Reuters

A separate group led by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and several other Internet and technology companies are also understood to be due to file a joint legal brief asking a judge to support Apple.

Briefs are also expected in support of the US government in the dispute.

Investigators at the FBI want Apple to disable some of its passcode protection to enable them to access gunman Rizwan Farook's phone.


Fifa officials 'fostered culture of corruption and greed'

Fifa officials under investigated over corruption allegations "fostered a culture of corruption and greed" over a 24-year period at the governing body, the FBI has said.

FBI Director James Comey. Credit: Reuters

Echoing earlier comments from the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey said "illegal payments, kickbacks, and bribes" became "a way of doing business" at Fifa.

As charged in the indictment, the defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world.

Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks, and bribes became a way of doing business at Fifa.

I want to commend the investigators and prosecutors around the world who have pursued this case so diligently, for so many years.

– James Comey, FBI director

Newsweek 'hacked by IS-sympathisers'

Hackers calling themselves "CyberCaliphate" hacked American magazine Newsweek's Twitter account, posting threatening messages towards President Obama and his family.

A message posted on the Newsweek Twitter account after the hacking. Credit: Twitter

The image at the top of Newsweek's Twitter account showed a masked man under the words "Je Suis IS", a reference to Islamic State and the deadly attack at French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

In one message, the hackers said: "Bloody Valentine's Day #MichelleObama! We're watching you, you girls and your husband! #CyberCaliphate."

A group, also claiming to be the Cyber Caliphate, took responsibility for hacking the US Central Command's social media accounts last month.

Newsweek removed the "CyberCaliphate" banner and tweets and regained control of the account within 14 minutes, the magazine later said.

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