ZTE phone backdoor (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1438962-000, DOJ-AP-2019-006962


Multi Request ZTE phone backdoor
Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records mentioning or describing the May 2012 "Pastebin.com [posting that] revealed the existence of a backdoor on a popular Android- based smartphone manufactured by the Chinese technology company ZTE" as described in the 1 May 2013 Roll Call Release titled "Increasing Exploitation of Mobile Device Vulnerabilities."

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search in its entirety, as documents are known to exist and were cited in the original request, which provided a copy of one of the documents as a lead. The Bureau's failure to identify ANY responsive documents indicates an utter failure to perform an adequate or even reasonably calculated search.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:

* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-006962
* Request Tracking Number: 1438962
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 09/06/2019
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description:
FBI appeal

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Office of Information Policy has made its final determination on your FOIA Appeal Number DOJ-AP-2019-006962 .  A copy of this determination is enclosed for your review, along with any enclosures, if applicable.  Thank you.