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Encryption debate rolls on

The San Bernardino court case may be over, but the encryption debate is still very much alive.

On Tuesday, representatives from both Apple and the FBI will be testifying before Congress to the Energy and Commerce Committee hearing entitled “Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement Perspectives”.

This is only days after the absurd Compliance with Court […]

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By |April 16th, 2016
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Draft US senate encryption bill leaked

A draft of the US senate encryption bill has been leaked, and it makes for unpleasant reading. It’s called the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.

The draft mandates that a company, when presented with a court order,  must provide technical assistance to decrypt data that its products have encrypted. Even a software distributor is subject […]

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By |April 12th, 2016
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WhatsApp is now fully encrypted

Facebook has aggressively thrown down the gauntlet in the wake of the Apple vs FBI controversy. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook a couple of years ago, and they have just announced that their messenger application is now fully encrypted, end-to-end. What’s more, encryption is on by default all the time. Every single message, photo, video, or voice […]

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By |April 7th, 2016
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FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple

Last week we reported that the FBI thought that they may be able to unlock the infamous iPhone without the help of Apple. Apparently, they were approached by a third party who had a solution. The FBI vacated the court order forcing Apple to produce a version of iOS that would allow the FBI to […]

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By |April 1st, 2016
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Snoopers’ charter update

The UK’s now infamous “snoopers’ charter” (officially the Investigatory Powers Bill) was debated in parliament recently and has proceeded to the committee stage.

It has been heavily criticized for the speed at which it has pushed forward by the government. This is despite significant criticism from many different parties.

An overview of the main areas impacted by […]

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By |March 31st, 2016
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Maybe the FBI can unlock the iPhone

Today Apple and the FBI were to face each other in court over Apple’s refusal to provide a build of iOS to unlock a domestic terrorist’s iPhone.

The hearing has suddenly been vacated with the agreement of Apple. According to the court documents, “an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s […]

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By |March 23rd, 2016
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Android malware targets banking apps

A sophisticated new piece of android malware is targeting Android users of banking apps for the largest banks in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.

When the user logs in their banking app, Android/Spy.Agent.SI (its name, designated by ESET) puts up a fake login screen to capture their username or id and their password. These details are sent on […]

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By |March 11th, 2016
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Amazon backtracks on FireOS encryption

That was quick! We posted a story on Friday about how Amazon has disabled device encryption on its FireOS devices. It was an optional feature that few used, but a very useful one – and those users kicked up quite a fuss.

Now there are numerous reports that Amazon has backtracked. Apparently, Amazon spokeswoman Robin Handaly […]

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By |March 8th, 2016
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Amazon disables FireOS encryption

While Apple battles the FBI over their demand for software to unlock an iPhone, Amazon has disabled encryption in its Fire devices. Any device running FireOS 5 or later will no longer support encryption.

FireOS is used on Fire phones and the Kindle Fire tablet, and is Amazon’s derivative of the Android mobile operating system. Phones and tablets can […]

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By |March 5th, 2016
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SSL DROWN attack

There’s a new SSL/TLS attack called DROWN (Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption).  It’s not quite as bad as Heartbleed, but it potentially affects a significant percentage of HTTP servers (33%!), as well as mail servers and anything else using SSL.

The vulnerability is in the obsolete SSL 2.0 protocol – fortunately not supported by our server, CompleteFTP, which […]

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By |March 4th, 2016
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