encryption

DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill A Child, Which, C'mon

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a US Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full of Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to die. A child!


WhatsApp Now Provides End-To-End Encryption For Your Messages

Encryption is a vital tool in helping keep your messages tucked away from prying eyes. But trying to stay safe while texting meant also being siloed into effective-yet-niche chat platforms such as Silent Circle. But today WhatsApp will start bringing end-to-end encryption to its 600 million users.


Why Are ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption?

Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer’s web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks.


A Simple Chrome Extension Encrypts Facebook, Twitter, And Gmail Messages

If you want to make sure you’re sending a secure message, there’s a whole slew of privacy-minded services that include encryption these days. But sometimes you just want to send something on Facebook without feeling like you’re a prime candidate for digital eavesdropping. That’s where ShadowCrypt comes in.


Why The FBI Director Is Wrong About Encryption

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech reiterating the FBI’s nearly 20-year-old talking points about why it wants to reduce the security in your devices rather than help you increase it. Here’s the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s response.


Even A Golden Key Can Be Stolen: Inside Apple's Encryption Decision

Since Apple first announced three weeks ago that it was expanding the scope of what types of data would be encrypted on devices running iOS 8, law enforcement has been ablaze with indignation. When Google followed suit and announced that Android L would also come with encryption on by default, it only added fuel to the fire.


US Attorney General: Device Backdoors Should Be Left Open For The Police

The US Attorney-General, Eric H. Holder Jr, spoke out yesterday about backdoors in consumer technology, claiming that they should be left open by technology firms so that law enforcement officials are never locked out during important investigations.


FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs The Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey, who is “very concerned” about the matter. He’s so concerned that the FBI’s had conversations with Apple and Google about how they’re marketing the devices. And Comey wants the world to know that he’s upset.


Cops Have No Right To Be Angry About The iPhone's New Encryption

Security professionals and joe-schmoes alike cheered Apple’s recent announcement that it would no longer be able to turn iPhone data over to cops. Finally, a guarantee that authorities couldn’t snoop around your text messages! But you know who didn’t cheer? Cops, of course.


The Cop That Blasted Apple's New Encryption Got His Facts Backwards

On Tuesday morning, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Ronald T. Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, about how Apple’s new encryption techniques would have led to the death of a victim in a case he oversaw. Turns out he was totally wrong. The newspaper just issued a correction.


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