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Topic: Security

Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes unanimous House vote, with compromises

04/28/2016, 12:04 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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US government requested information on nearly 5,200 Apple accounts in past 6 months

04/19/2016, 02:04 am

In its latest report on government requests for user information released Monday, Apple revealed U.S. law enforcement agencies lodged 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015.

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FBI requests warrant to unlock iPhone 5c connected to California murder investigation

04/14/2016, 03:04 pm

Rather than seeking Apple's assistance, the FBI plans to work with its own San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to obtain data from a seized iPhone 5c involved in a murder investigation, if it is awarded a warrant to do so.

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House Judiciary Committee votes unanimously to back law demanding warrants for old emails

04/13/2016, 12:04 pm

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 28 to 0 to approve the Email Privacy Act, a long-delayed bill that would make it tougher for law enforcement agencies to ask tech companies for older communications data.

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New York law could allow roadside 'textalyzer' checks for distracted driving

04/12/2016, 11:04 am

Drivers in New York might soon be subject to on-the-spot analysis of their mobile phones to determine whether they were distracted by their devices in the run-up to accidents, if a proposed law passes the state legislature.

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Apple says it won't sue FBI to find out how San Bernardino iPhone 5c was hacked

04/08/2016, 03:04 pm

Saying that whatever method was used by the FBI will have a "short shelf life," Apple on Friday revealed it has no intention to sue the bureau in an effort to find out how it hacked the iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in California.

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DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s at center of Brooklyn drug case

04/08/2016, 11:04 am

The U.S. Justice Department plans to continue seeking legal action against Apple, in an effort to force the company to create a way to unlock an iPhone that is said to be a crucial part of a drug investigation.

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FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

04/07/2016, 09:04 am

The unlocking procedure used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to break into an iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino case cannot be used on new devices, the bureau's director said on Wednesday.

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Apple moves to bring iCloud infrastructure in-house predicated by backdoor fears - report

03/23/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple's multi-year effort to develop its own servers and networking hardware has reportedly been driven in large part by security concerns, as the company worries that supply chain tampering may lead to deeply embedded vulnerabilities which are difficult to find and remediate.

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Researchers, Apple collaborate to fix iMessage security hole with today's release of iOS 9.3

03/21/2016, 08:03 am

A bug has been discovered in Apple's iMessage encryption by security researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who have collaborated with the company to help patch the issue in the upcoming iOS 9.3 software update, set to be released to the public today.

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Apple hires away Amazon exec to head up corporate digital security, report says

03/18/2016, 11:03 pm

Days before Apple is set to meet U.S. prosecutors in court over a contentious encryption fight involving an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, a report on Friday claims the company has poached Amazon's vice president of information security George Stathakopoulos.

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FTC challenges Android developers on their use of SilverPush microphone spyware

03/18/2016, 01:03 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to a dozen Google Play developers over their use of SilverPush software, which turns Android devices into advertising spy beacons to listen for and track the television programming users are exposed to.

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'AceDeceiver' malware secretly installs malicious apps onto iOS devices

03/16/2016, 04:03 pm

A new form of iOS malware, nicknamed "AceDeceiver," can infect people without relying on an enterprise certificate or attacking jailbroken devices, security firm Palo Alto Networks revealed on Wednesday.

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Take a stand against the Obama/FBI anti-encryption charm offensive

03/14/2016, 06:03 pm

It has been frustrating to watch as the horrific San Bernardino terrorist killing spree has been used as a cover by the FBI to achieve the anti-encryption goals they've been working towards for years. Much of that frustration stems from the fact that the American media has so poorly reported the facts in this case.

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Florida sheriff vows to arrest Tim Cook if Apple won't comply with court orders

03/14/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple's firm stance against decrypting iPhones in criminal investigations could land CEO Tim Cook in jail, if the sheriff in one rural Florida county has his way.

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Justice Department considers wiretapping fight with WhatsApp amid Apple-FBI row

03/14/2016, 09:03 am

The U.S. government is at odds with yet another Silicon Valley firm thanks to encrypted communications, this time targeting Facebook-owned messaging superpower WhatsApp over federal wiretapping statutes.

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California Assembly considers bill to mandate encryption backdoors

03/10/2016, 09:03 am

A bill introduced in the California State Assembly earlier this year would require companies that build smartphones and mobile operating systems to build backdoors in their products and fine any company that does not comply.

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Apple, FBI battle a wedge issue for American voters, poll shows

03/09/2016, 10:03 am

The ongoing philosophical debate between Silicon Valley -- with Apple at the forefront -- and the federal government over encryption has split the American electorate in two distinct but equal camps, a new survey shows.

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Woz backs Apple in FBI's 'lame' iPhone encryption case

03/08/2016, 11:03 am

During a late-night television appearance on Monday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressed his support for Apple in the company's ongoing fight with the FBI, saying the bureau "picked a lame case."

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How to verify checksums when you download an app for your Mac

03/07/2016, 10:03 am

Some Mac users received a nasty surprise last week when it was discovered that a recent version of the open source Transmission BitTorrent client infected their computer with malware -- a situation that may have been avoided with proper precautions.

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