The FBI succeeded in accessing the San Bernardino iPhone by using a hacker. Photograph: AFP

In early 2003, FBI agents hit a roadblock in a secret investigation, called Operation Trail Mix. For months, agents had been intercepting phone calls (...)

Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Farook: the pair killed 14 people and injured 22 in San Bernardino, California last December. The FBI says it has accessed Farook’s phone with the help of a third party.

The US government’s decision to drop its court fight against Apple over access to the iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook has ended a six-week(...)

The arrest came as social media and Internet companies face mounting pressure from governments around the world to help them eavesdrop on users and filter content.

Brazilian police have arrested a senior Facebook executive as a dispute escalated over a court’s demand that the company provide data from its WhatsAp(...)

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has condemned the FBI’s demand to remove security features and write new operating system software, saying it was “an over-reach by the US government” with “chilling implications” on customer privacy and security.

The chief executive of Google and the founder of WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service, have voiced their support for Apple in its fight with(...)

Undated handout images, two of the 198 decade-old photos released by the Pentagon from investigations into the abuse of detainees during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The photographs were a focus of a lawsuit filed in 2004 by the American Civil Liberties Union in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal, and some 1,800 others are still being withheld by the Pentagon. Photograph: The New York Times

Bruises, reddened marks and bandaged body parts featured in nearly 200 images of US detainee abuse that the Pentagon was forced to release on Friday, (...)

In the video, school police officer Ben Fields grabs an African-American student by the neck, flips her backwards as she sits at her desk, then drags and throws her across the floor.

Authorities in South Carolina are investigating an encounter captured on two videos that went viral Monday afternoon that show a white school police o(...)

Chelsea Manning, the US soldier convicted of giving classified state documents to WikiLeaks, is serving 35 years in military prison. File photograph: US Army/Reuters

US soldier Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in a military prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, was found guilty on Tuesday of(...)

President Barack Obama, who wants congress to pass the USA Freedom Act on Sunday.

President Barack Obama has made a plea to Congress to pass a bill that limits some NSA surveillance powers, saying it would be “irresponsible” and “re(...)

Secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked in 2013 to journalists by contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the agency was collecting phone records and digital communications of millions of citizens. Photograph: Reuters

The mass collection of phone records belonging to ordinary Americans under the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance dragnet is illegal, a US f(...)

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wikimedia and other rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the agency challenging one of its mass surveillance programmes. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is being sued by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programmes, that they alleg(...)