Encryption Backdoor France Germany

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

By on August 24, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement.

But governments around the world still think they’d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

By on July 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

The Apple vs. FBI legal battle over the San Bernardino case in early 2016 was one of the most important events of the year so far, as user privacy, device security and terrorism converged in a single case. On one hand, we have Apple, keen on protecting everyone’s privacy. On the other hand, there’s the FBI, a law enforcement agency that demands access to any communication device that may have been used during the plotting of a heinous crime. Apple won that battle, and while many from the tech sector sided with the iPhone company in its fight against the FBI, there was one notable company that argued that encryption has to be broken when the government needs it: BlackBerry.

The irony did not escape us then, and it doesn’t escape us now — BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple is wrong. More →

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Android Full-Disk Encryption Hacked

Google’s full-disk encryption in Android can be hacked

By on July 4, 2016 at 3:46 PM.

Google’s full-disk encryption in Android can be hacked

We may have thought that Android is just as safe as the iPhone when it comes to encryption, but it looks like Google’s Android operating system has a critical flaw that can be exploited to decrypt a device. Even worse, while there are patches that can fix the issue, it seems that attackers can simply downgrade to a pre-patch state, and then decrypt a target device with ease. More →

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Google Allo Duo Encryption

Google Allo security explained: The good, the bad and the ugly

By on May 20, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Google Allo security explained: The good, the bad and the ugly

Google isn’t happy with the chat apps it already has, so at I/O 2016 it showed off a new Assistant-infused Allo messaging app as well as a Duo video chat app intended to work like Apple’s FaceTime, but across platforms. From Google’s demos, you can easily see they’re incredible apps that should offer fast and smart communication. However, there are things you need to know about privacy and encryption. More →

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Ted Lieu Interview

Meet Rep. Ted Lieu, a Congressman who says encryption is a ‘national security priority’

By on April 29, 2016 at 12:27 PM.

Meet Rep. Ted Lieu, a Congressman who says encryption is a ‘national security priority’

Ted Lieu is one of the few bona fide computer geeks in Congress. Even if you didn’t already know the California Democrat is one of only four congressmen (out of a total of 535) with a computer science degree, it’s the kind of thing that quickly becomes apparent when talking to the Stanford grad about a range of privacy and encryption matters.

For starters, he recently downloaded and started using WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging platform that earlier this month defaulted to end-to-end encryption for all users. He’s not only a supporter of strong encryption without backdoors — Lieu considers it “a national security priority.” More →

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Burr-Feinstein Anti-encryption Law

Experts agree: Congress’s ‘braindead’ anti-encryption bill is unspeakably bad

By on April 15, 2016 at 3:03 PM.

Experts agree: Congress’s ‘braindead’ anti-encryption bill is unspeakably bad

A few days ago, a first draft of an anti-encryption bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) came to light and it drew an instant backlash from security experts. The law is apparently so bad that not only would it make the some of the NSA’s own work illegal, but it would also outlaw some of the things we’ve taken for granted for years, such as the ability to compress large files to share them online. More →

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FBI Apple San Bernardino iPhone Case

FBI bought zero-day from professional hackers to crack San Bernardino iPhone

By on April 13, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

FBI bought zero-day from professional hackers to crack San Bernardino iPhone

A zero-day software flaw is the kind of security issue tech companies fear most. These are unknown bugs that hackers can use to enter devices, websites, computer networks, and other internet services and products, for malicious purposes. It appears that one such attack was used recently to hack the San Bernardino iPhone, a new report shows. In fact, it looks like everything we thought we knew about the way the FBI breached the iPhone, without requiring Apple’s assistance, may be inaccurate. More →

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iPhone 6 Password Hack

Can the FBI already hack newer iPhones?

By on April 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

Can the FBI already hack newer iPhones?

Late last week we found out that the FBI can’t hack Apple’s latest iPhones. In fact, according to its director, the tool used to extract information from the San Bernardino iPhone 5c can’t be used on anything newer than the iPhone 5s. Not even the iPhone 5s which was launched simultaneously with the iPhone 5c can’t be hacked that way.

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iPhone Encryption Laws USA

New bill might force Apple to hack encrypted iPhones

By on April 8, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

New bill might force Apple to hack encrypted iPhones

The FBI has abandoned its court battle with Apple for the time being, after figuring out how to hack the San Bernardino iPhone without Apple’s help. However, the fight over smartphone encryption is not over, and there’s a new proposal that seeks to regulate law enforcement’s access to encrypted devices and Internet products. More →

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Apple iPhone Unlock Police

Apple didn’t always care so much about protecting iPhone users from the government

By on April 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM.

Apple didn’t always care so much about protecting iPhone users from the government

A new report says that Apple was more willing to comply with the government in the past when it came to unlocking iPhones tied to criminal investigations, having gone as far as to help prosecutors draft the documentation that would force it to unlock a device. More →

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iPhone 6s FBI Hack

The FBI can’t hack the iPhone 6s

By on April 7, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

The FBI can’t hack the iPhone 6s

The FBI withdrew its assault on iPhone encryption after it managed to hack its way into the San Bernardino iPhone. Soon after that, the agency notified other law enforcement officials across the country that it’ll try and help out unlock other iPhones from various criminal investigations.

The FBI is yet to tell Apple how it performed the hack, but the Bureau does talk about it with senators. In the meantime, the FBI confirmed that while it may be able to hack some iPhones, the iPhone 6s is impenetrable for the time being.

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How to encrypt iPhone and Android, and why you should do it now

By on April 4, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

How to encrypt iPhone and Android, and why you should do it now

Apple’s fight with the FBI may be over for the time being, but this high-profile fight about user privacy and state security may have puzzled some smartphone users. When is an iPhone or Android device encrypted? And how does one go about securing the data on them?

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Apple FBI iPhone Hack Leak

Apple confident it’ll find and patch the FBI’s iPhone hack

By on April 4, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Apple confident it’ll find and patch the FBI’s iPhone hack

Apple’s fight with the FBI over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone isn’t over yet because now Apple has to figure out how the FBI actually hacked into the device without Apple’s help.

The FBI did not reveal to Apple how it bypassed the security protocols built into iOS, but the bureau told law enforcement agencies that it will help them in their investigations. Even if it doesn’t provide specifics about the iPhone hack at its disposal, the more iPhones the FBI unlocks for criminal cases, the more likely Apple will be able to figure out how it’s gaining access. More →

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