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FBI Director Comey Talks Cybersecurity at Boston College

The FBI director's visit to Boston comes as controversies around Donald Trump, Russia and Wikileaks heat up in Washington



    Comey: 'No Such Thing as Absolute Privacy in America'

    FBI Director James Comey spoke at a cybersecurity conference at Boston College Wednesday, addressing current encryption software, the idea of privacy in the modern age and how the FBI can improve its fight against cyberthreats. (Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017)

    FBI Director James Comey says he plans to serve his entire 10-year term, even as controversy swirls over his attempt to rebut President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the election.

    "You're stuck with me for another 6-1/2 years," Comey said during a cybersecurity conference at Boston College. He was appointed 3-1/2 years ago by then-President Barack Obama.

    After Trump recently claimed that Obama tapped his phones during last year's election, Comey privately asked the Justice Department to dispute the allegation.

    During his speech to law enforcement officials and private-sector business leaders in Boston on Wednesday, Comey said the FBI is renewing a focus on the challenges posed by encryption. He said there should be a balance between privacy and the FBI's ability to lawfully access information.

    FBI Director Comey: 'You're Stuck With Me'

    [NECN] FBI Director Comey: 'You're Stuck With Me'

    FBI director James Comey continues his two-day visit to Boston while leaks and investigations heat up in Washington, D.C.

    (Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017)

    He also alluded to the latest WikiLeaks dump, in which the organization released thousands of documents it claimed showed secret CIA hacking tools used to break into computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs.

    The CIA did not comment on the documents, which were not verified by NBC News.

    Comey said the FBI can't prevent every attack, but it can find those responsible and "hold them accountable."

    ‘I’m Not Going to Do It Again’: Trump Signs Spending Bill After All

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    President Donald Trump discusses why he was so unhappy about a new spending bill that Congress passed ahead of a government shutdown deadline. Trump had threatened to veto it but ultimately signed the $1.3 trillion measure.

    (Published Friday, March 23, 2018)

    He also said the bureau must work on its relationship with the private sector in order to stop cyberattacks, mentioning Apple. 

    The tech giant and the FBI went to court over a locked iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook's encrypted phone.

    Comey said the FBI was unable to open 1,200 of 2,800 devices it received and had lawful authority to open between September to November, but he also said he likes privacy, including for his private Instagram account with just nine followers. 

    Trump Says DOJ Will Ban Bump Stocks

    [NATL] Trump Says DOJ Will Ban Bump Stocks

    President Donald Trump said in a March 23 tweet that the Department of Justice will ban bump stocks.

    (Published Friday, March 23, 2018)

    "I love strong encryption," Comey said, and said his agency should work with humility toward finding a way with Apple to lawfully open encrypted devices.

    "This isn't the 'FBI versus Apple'."

    Comey didn't address Trump’s claim about Obama wiretapping his phones, though sources have said he rejected it. He is also being asked to testify before a House panel investigating possible ties between Donald Trump and Russia.

    McMaster to Resign From Trump Administration

    [NATL] McMaster to Resign From Trump Administration

    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster will resign and be replaced by John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump made the staffing announcement in a tweet on March 22.

    (Published Thursday, March 22, 2018)

    He also did not respond to questions about Trump’s claims during a ribbon-cutting for the Boston FBI division's new offices in Chelsea on Tuesday.

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