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Facebook Reportedly Defeats Government Demand to Wiretap Messenger Calls Facebook Reportedly Defeats Government Demand to Wiretap Messenger Calls

A joint federal-state task force tracking the MS-13 gang tried and failed to force Facebook to help it wiretap calls made through its Messenger app, Reuters reported on Friday, even launching an unsuccessful attempt to hold the social media titan in contempt of court for refusing to do so.

Australia Hopes to Strong-Arm Tech Companies Into Giving Up That Precious Encrypted Data Australia Hopes to Strong-Arm Tech Companies Into Giving Up That Precious Encrypted Data

Last year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the subject of ridicule when he insisted his country’s laws would “prevail” in a war with mathematics to ensure law enforcement’s access to encrypted data. Now we know what the anti-encryption law says, and legislators have apparently changed tactics but…

Florida Man Jailed for Failing to Unlock His Phone Florida Man Jailed for Failing to Unlock His Phone

What started as a routine traffic stop has quickly escalated into a civil rights case in a Florida courtroom after a man was put behind bars this week for failing to unlock his phone.

Apple's New iOS Cop-Blocking Feature Has a Pesky 'Workaround,' Security Firm Says Apple's New iOS Cop-Blocking Feature Has a Pesky 'Workaround,' Security Firm Says

Apple’s latest version of iOS, released yesterday, includes USB Restricted Mode, a security measure that seems designed to prevent unwanted decryption of iPhones by both bad actors and law enforcement using passcode cracking tools.

Your Tinder Photos Are Finally Encrypted Thanks to a 69-Year-Old Senator Your Tinder Photos Are Finally Encrypted Thanks to a 69-Year-Old Senator

Tinder may be known primarily as a millennial hookup app but thanks to a little pressure from a 69-year-old, married Baby Boomer senator, the dating service is more secure. Tinder parent company Match Group announced this week in a letter to Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden that it will finally encrypt photos uploaded by its…

Adidas Says 'Unauthorized Party' Maybe Got Millions of Logins, Reminds Us to Never, Ever Reuse Passwords Adidas Says 'Unauthorized Party' Maybe Got Millions of Logins, Reminds Us to Never, Ever Reuse Passwords

On Thursday, Adidas revealed a “potential data security incident” that possibly left the contact and login info of millions of Adidas customers in the hands of an “unauthorized party.” As many as “a few million” customers who used the Adidas US website may have been affected by a breach, the Wall Street Journal…

There's a Brute Force Hack That Can Bypass the iPhone's Passcode Limit [Update: Maybe Not!] There's a Brute Force Hack That Can Bypass the iPhone's Passcode Limit [Update: Maybe Not!]

Apple is a perpetual battle to stay ahead of hackers and secure its devices but a new bug discovered by a security researcher and reported by ZDNet shows the passcode that protects iOS devices can be bypassed through a brute force attack, leaving iPhones and iPads vulnerable to being exploited.

FBI Recovered 731 Pages of Messages and Calls From Michael Cohen's BlackBerry FBI Recovered 731 Pages of Messages and Calls From Michael Cohen's BlackBerry

The FBI just got its hands on a whole lot of Michael Cohen’s encrypted communications. In a letter submitted Friday, the United States Attorney’s Office revealed that it obtained a treasure trove of messages and call logs from a BlackBerry that belonged to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney.

iPhone Hackers May Already Have a Workaround for Cops to Crack Apple's Newest Security Feature iPhone Hackers May Already Have a Workaround for Cops to Crack Apple's Newest Security Feature

Apple and the law enforcement community have been stuck in a back-and-forth over encryption for the last few years, and it’s heated up considerably this month since Apple announced a feature that would thwart a popular iPhone cracking method used by police. Now, the companies that work with law enforcement have…

Cops Are Predictably Pissed About Apple's Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones Cops Are Predictably Pissed About Apple's Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to prevent anyone who wants to gain access to a encrypted iOS device via techniques like Cellebrite’s GrayKey phone-hacking box by introducing an option to lock USB data access an hour after it’s locked, essentially turning iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed black boxes.…

I'll Believe Apple Is Killing Cops' Anti-Encryption Tools When They Actually Do It I'll Believe Apple Is Killing Cops' Anti-Encryption Tools When They Actually Do It

Among the blizzard of news bits from Apple’s WWDC, a much-anticipated feature has returned to the beta for iOS 12: a mode for keeping the FBI and other snoopers out of your phone. The feature has come and gone in the past, but it’s looking more real and better than ever this time around. Still, I’ll believe it when…

Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Stopped Blocking Updates Amid Struggle With Russian Authorities Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Stopped Blocking Updates Amid Struggle With Russian Authorities

Apple has apparently relented and let encrypted text and voice service Telegram proceed with an update to make its app compliant with Europe’s new GDPR privacy protections, just days after CEO Pavel Durov alleged Apple was preventing Telegram from releasing updates worldwide at the behest of Russian censors.

Telegram CEO Says Apple Is Blocking Updates as Russia Tries to Ban the Messaging App Telegram CEO Says Apple Is Blocking Updates as Russia Tries to Ban the Messaging App

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov took to the encrypted messaging app today to explain why certain Telegram features aren’t working as expected on iOS 11.4, Apple’s most recent mobile OS update. In short, Durov says it’s Apple’s fault.

FBI Used Fake Statistics to Sell Its Need for Encryption Backdoors FBI Used Fake Statistics to Sell Its Need for Encryption Backdoors

For years, the FBI has claimed it needs a backdoor for encrypted devices because too much evidence is being lost in our brave new world. At the end of 2017, law enforcement began a new push, claiming there were 7,800 devices waiting to be cracked. Now it says there was a programming error and that number was totally…

It Looks Like Apple's Tool That Stops Cops From Hacking Your iPhone Isn't Coming to iOS 11.4 It Looks Like Apple's Tool That Stops Cops From Hacking Your iPhone Isn't Coming to iOS 11.4

Security researchers at a password-recovery firm claimed to have found an encryption feature in the beta of iOS 11.4 that would definitely make your device more secure and might even prevent authorities to use the cracking tools that have cropped up recently. Sadly, it appears the tool will not be included in the…

Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability they’re calling EFAIL that exposes the encrypted emails in plaintext, even for messages sent in the past.

Apple's iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week [Updated] Apple's iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week [Updated]

Apple’s latest move in its ongoing war of words with the FBI, National Security Agency, and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies over encryption is a feature that turns off USB data access on locked iOS devices.

Twitter Appears to Be Testing Encrypted Direct Messages Twitter Appears to Be Testing Encrypted Direct Messages

With Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Signal all offering various forms of encrypted messaging, Twitter has often seemed like the lone holdout. The company has been pressed to add an encryption option to its direct messaging—most notably by Edward Snowden—but the feature has yet to be introduced.

Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations

Slack, the messaging service of choice for tens of thousands of organizations, has given employers a considerable amount of access to the data and communications of employees. A new tool called Shhlack finally gives employees the power to shield their private conversations with end-to-end encryption.

Here's What Those New Full-Page Warnings in Chrome Mean Here's What Those New Full-Page Warnings in Chrome Mean

Google Chrome users will soon encounter a full-page warning whenever visiting a website whose SSL certificate is not registered with a public certificate log.

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