Google Android Encryption Data

Google can remotely give cops access to at least 74% of all Android devices

By on November 23, 2015 at 12:31 PM.

Google can remotely give cops access to at least 74% of all Android devices

There’s a new interesting revelation in the debate on encryption that was reignited after the disastrous attacks on Paris in mid-November. According to a new report, Google can remotely unlock at least 74% of Android devices if ordered to by authorities – and that percentage might be much higher. More →

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Apple Google Facebook Microsoft Encryption

Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft warn weaker encryption makes the bad guys stronger

By on November 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft warn weaker encryption makes the bad guys stronger

In the wake of last week’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, prominent politicians and senior law-enforcement officials have said that western governments have to rethink their stance on encrypted Internet-connected products and services.

But government officials aren’t the only ones to voice concerns about encryption. Politicians might be pushing legislation to weaken encryption in the name of greater security but many big-name tech companies — including Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft — warn that weaker encryption will help the bad guys. More →

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Police Raid Paris Kills ISIS

ISIS mastermind behind Paris attack killed during police raid, France confirms

By on November 19, 2015 at 11:33 AM.

ISIS mastermind behind Paris attack killed during police raid, France confirms

French police and special forces conducted a massive raid in Paris’ suburb Saint-Denis in the early hours on Wednesday morning. Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard near an apartment building where individuals suspected of being linked to the Paris attacks were hiding, including the person who may have planned the November 13th assault on Paris. Two people died in the ensuing fight, including a woman who detonated a vest containing explosives, and the primary target of the attack.

Interestingly, the information that helped police conduct this particular raid and potentially avoid a second disaster in Paris came from an unencrypted, unlocked smartphone found in a dumpster near the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists killed 89 people on Friday. More →

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Paris Attacks Encryption Debate

McCain wants to legislate encryption even though there’s no evidence it helped ISIS in Paris attacks

By on November 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM.

McCain wants to legislate encryption even though there’s no evidence it helped ISIS in Paris attacks

While it’s suspected that encrypted communication services may have helped ISIS coordinate attacks on Paris, there’s no evidence to actually prove it. Even so, some members of Congress are already talking about legislating encryption, potentially requiring tech companies to include backdoors into encrypted products that could be used by spy agencies to prevent similar tragedies in the future. In fact, Senator John McCain already said he’s determined to outlaw encryption that the U.S. government cannot crack. More →

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Apple iPhone Encryption Lawsuit

Judge is skeptical of government’s request to force Apple to unlock iPhones

By on October 27, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Judge is skeptical of government’s request to force Apple to unlock iPhones

Since launching iOS 8 last year, Apple made it clear to customers, competitors and government officials that it puts tremendous value on the security and privacy of the user, especially in light of the recent data breaches and revelations about mass spying operations. Since then, Apple kept defending its encryption and other privacy-enhancing features built into iOS and OS X products, even if it meant defying the government.

The government even took Apple to court, as the iPhone maker chose not to give law enforcement access to an iPhone as part of a secret investigation. And now a judge in the case seems to be siding with Apple, although a final ruling isn’t expected until Wednesday. More →

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Apple iPhone iOS Encryption

Apple doubles down on encryption, tells judge it’s ‘impossible’ to unlock new iPhones

By on October 21, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Apple doubles down on encryption, tells judge it’s ‘impossible’ to unlock new iPhones

As long as a new iPhone is protected by a password, pin, or fingerprint, and it’s running the latest operating system for it Apple can’t unlock it, the company told a U.S. judge. However, Apple can unlock for law enforcement older devices. More →

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NSA Encryption Flaw Spy

How the NSA broke encryption on trillions of secure connections

By on October 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

How the NSA broke encryption on trillions of secure connections

Some Edward Snowden leaks have revealed that the NSA and other intelligence agencies can break encryption barriers for mass surveillance purposes. It has been theorized that a flaw in encryption used by many Internet services lets the spy agency decrypt HTTPS, SSH, and VPN traffic, and a new paper seems to prove that.

Indeed, a massive effort comparable to the attempts of breaking the German Enigma coding machine during the World War II seems to have given the NSA the tools required to break trillions of secure connections. More →

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How To Encrypt Android Phones

Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone

By on August 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone

It seems like every week there’s a major new vulnerability found in Android. What makes this even worse for users is that it will likely take them forever to get desperately needed patches thanks to Android’s fragmented and decentralized software upgrade system. All the same, there is something that you can do right now to improve the security of your Android phone’s data: You can enable encryption on your device. More →

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Moxie Marlinspike

Meet the dreadlocked hippie who’s an encryption guru and has the NSA freaking out

By on July 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Meet the dreadlocked hippie who’s an encryption guru and has the NSA freaking out

While encryption and secured messaging has long been a topic of interest in tech circles, the issue became a mainstream and hot-button issue in 2013 following a series of Edward Snowden leaks detailing the NSA’s extensive efforts to bolster their electronic snooping capabilities.

In the back and forth battle over consumer privacy, one tends to think of government cryptographers looking to outwit engineers at companies like Google and Apple who help churn out some of the most widely used software across the globe.

But playing an instrumental role in this cat and mouse game is a man you might not ordinarily expect to see in such a discussion.

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Android Phone Encryption Factory Reset

Wiping your Android phone doesn’t really erase your data – here’s what you need to do

By on May 27, 2015 at 10:48 AM.

Wiping your Android phone doesn’t really erase your data – here’s what you need to do

Looking forward to turning your Android phone into cash that can then be used for a new smartphone purchase? Before you go ahead with your plans of selling your current handset, you should first make sure you delete your personal data from the device. And make sure you do it properly, because simply restoring to factory settings won’t be enough to really protect your data. More →

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iPhone Android Smartphone Encryption Law Enforcement

This is the stupidest argument against iPhone and Android encryption we’ve ever heard

By on April 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM.

This is the stupidest argument against iPhone and Android encryption we’ve ever heard

Why are we so suspicious of law enforcement officials who are howling bloody murder about Apple and Google’s decision to encrypt smartphone traffic? Largely because they keep making totally boneheaded arguments. The latest such argument comes to us courtesy of Motherboard, which reports that Daniel Conley, the Suffolk County District Attorney in Massachusetts, has argued that widespread smartphone encryption will lead to an outbreak of perverts snapping “upskirt” photos of women who are riding public transportation. More →

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David Cameron Encryption Ban

The 4 funniest British responses to David Cameron’s boneheaded attack on encryption

By on January 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM.

The 4 funniest British responses to David Cameron’s boneheaded attack on encryption

If there’s one thing British writers do vastly better than we Americans, it’s using subtle but cutting wit to ridicule others’ complete stupidity. Now the United Kingdom’s own prime minister David Cameron has given them quite an opportunity to use their talents after he said he wanted to prevent mobile apps such as WhatsApp from using encryption that would potentially block intelligence agencies from being able to read everyone’s messages. Thankfully, our friends across the pond haven’t let us down — below we’ve found you the four funniest British responses to Cameron’s attack on encryption. More →

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