Can the FBI Intercept Signal Chat Messages?

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/can-the-fbi-intercept-signal-chat-messages/

Forbes recently published a report about court documents in a New York gun-running case that seem to imply the FBI can access encrypted Signal chats. Court documents obtained by Forbes not only attest to that desire, but indicate the FBI has a way of accessing Signal texts even if they’re behind the lockscreen of an iPhone.The clues came via Seamus Hughes at the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University in court documents containing screenshots of Signal messages between men accused, in 2020, of running a gun trafficking operation in New York. (The suspects have not yet entered a plea and remain innocent until proven guilty). In the Signal chats obtained from one of their phones, they discuss not just weapons trades but attempted murder too, according to documents filed by the Justice Department. There’s also some metadata in the screenshots, which indicates not only that Signal had been…