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SETI: Snowden Should Stick To Human Affairs And Let Us Figure Out How To Find Aliens

Edward Snowden may know a thing or two about encryption, but his remarks on encrypted alien signals aren’t sitting quite right with SETI. According to those in the business of searching for extraterrestrials, Snowden should probably keep his security advice limited to human affairs.

Edward Snowden: Advanced Encryption May Stop Us Communicating With Aliens

On Friday, Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomed Edward Snowden to his StarTalk podcast. Along with the usual conversations about privacy and government, Snowden had another important warning to provide: encryption may hurt our abilities to see, or be seen by, extraterrestrials.

Report: Apple Rejected Justice Department Demands For Encrypted iMessages

The fight between law enforcement and tech companies about encryption and privacy is getting nastier than ever.

US Senator: I Don't Believe The NYSE And United Failures Are A Coincidence

At a US Intelligence Committee hearing this afternoon, Senator Barbara Mikulski confronted FBI Director James Comey with some real talk about the strange shitstorm of tech failures today: The New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal all went down, citing technical difficulties.

Americans Value Privacy But Don't Trust Tech Companies To Provide It

Americans want privacy as much as ever — but in the digital age, most think it’s a lost cause. That, at least, is the depressing takeaway from a new Pew report, which shows that the faith of US citizens in digital service providers (and themselves) to protect their data is abysmally low.

Apple And Google Beg Obama To Reject Encryption Backdoors

A collection of tech giants — including companies such as Apple and Google, along with noted cryptologists — have sent President Obama a letter urging him to reject government proposals to include backdoors in encrypted communication systems.

BitTorrent's Encrypted P2P Chat Service Is Now Live

Announced a year ago, BitTorrent’s charmingly-named Bleep P2P chat app is finally live, for all your secretive anti-governmental murmurings.

We're Closer To An Encrypted Internet Than You Think

Two thirds of all North American Internet traffic could be encrypted by 2016. No, it’s not because of privacy activists. It’s actually because of Netflix.

Today In US Congress, We Heard That Encryption Is Enabling Upskirt Photos

Expert testimony at a Congressional encryption hearing blaming Apple and Google’s privacy systems for allowing perverts to get away with secretly photographing vaginas and posting the pictures online. Government debate over encryption has veered into fully stupid territory.

Online Extortionists Are Using Encryption As A Ransom Weapon

Most of the time we discuss encryption as a way to protect ourselves online, but an increasingly popular form of digital attack uses it as an extortion tool. Criminals are stealing personal files, encrypting them, and hold them hostage until their targets pay for the decryption key.

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