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FBI vastly inflated number of encrypted phones hindering investigations: report

The FBI hugely inflated the selection of encrypted cellphones its investigators had been unable to get right of entry to, consistent with a Washington Post record Tuesday. In December, FBI Director Christopher Wray estimated the agency had about 7,800 telephones that it was once unable to get right of entry to previously year. But the real amount was once more like 1,000 to two,000, the Post reported. The FBI informed the Post "initial assessment is that programming errors resulted in significant over-counting of mobile devices reported," blaming the issue on units being counted a couple of instances. The FBI has argued towards tech firms' encryption of cellphones, claiming they obstruct investigations, maximum notably in 2016 when it pressed Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.25% over a locked phone used by a suspect within the San Bernardino mass capturing.