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Topic: Security

Facebook, Twitter voice support for Apple's stance on encryption [u]

02/18/2016, 09:02 pm

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted "we stand with Tim Cook and Apple," while Facebook expressed it would "fight aggressively" against any government actions to "weaken the security" of consumer products.

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Senate committee chair mulls bill to punish companies that refuse decryption requests

02/18/2016, 08:02 pm

Amid a raging digital security debate sparked by Apple's fight to protect encryption FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee is said to be working on legislation that would criminalize companies unwilling to comply with court-ordered decryption requests.

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John McAfee offers to decrypt iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorists, criticizes FBI

02/18/2016, 04:02 pm

Calling it a "black day and the beginning of the end of the U.S. as a world power," software developer John McAfee criticized the FBI on Thursday for attempting to force Apple to build a backdoor to access data from a terrorist's iPhone, saying that he will decrypt the handset himself for free.

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Apple's opposition to backdoors in FBI case gains global, animated attention

02/18/2016, 03:02 pm

Digital animators in Taiwan have turned the legal case between Apple and the FBI into an animated movie short that clearly depicts key details and potential ramifications of the issue that even many industry pundits have had trouble grasping.

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Protestors gather at San Francisco Apple Store to support fight against government backdoors

02/18/2016, 12:02 am

Internet rights advocacy group Fight for the Future held a rally outside a flagship San Francisco Apple Store on Wednesday in a show of support as Apple resists government pressure to implement software backdoors.

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User security, privacy issues draw sharp contrast between Apple iOS, Google Android in FBI encryption case [u]

02/17/2016, 06:02 pm

The resolute position of Apple's chief executive Tim Cook to defend the security of iOS encryption has drawn a sharp contrast with the deafening silence from Google, Microsoft and their hardware partners in Korea and China, where individuals' security and privacy are commonly overlooked as being a critical feature.

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Lawmakers, advocacy groups, Snowden take sides in polarizing Apple encryption debate

02/17/2016, 05:02 pm

U.S. legislators, public rights groups and security experts are planting their collective flags in a debate that could have serious ramifications for the future of consumer encryption sparked by a recent court order forcing Apple to aid in the decryption of an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino terrorist attack,

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White House says FBI wants access to one iPhone, not blanket backdoor from Apple

02/17/2016, 02:02 pm

The White House has taken issue with Apple's suggestion that creating a backdoor to iOS would threaten the security of all its customers, instead arguing that the issue applies to just one iPhone in question.

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Donald Trump says Apple should back down in San Bernardino case

02/17/2016, 09:02 am

Surprise right-wing presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in on Apple's fight with the U.S. government on Wednesday, saying the iPhone maker should acquiesce to the FBI's demands and dismissing company CEO Tim Cook's argument that such action would set a dangerous precedent.

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Tim Cook calls FBI backdoor demand 'dangerous,' vows to fight case

02/17/2016, 04:02 am

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has promised to oppose a court order that would have the company create a compromised version of iOS with weakened encryption, the result of FBI requests for help in accessing data stored on an iPhone 5c used by a gunman in the San Bernardino shooting.

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Judge orders Apple to access iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter [u]

02/16/2016, 08:02 pm

A U.S. magistrate judge on Tuesday ordered Apple to comply with FBI requests to help extract data from an iPhone owned by one of the shooters involved in December's terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

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Harvard study says Apple's Tim Cook was right: encryption bans, backdoors wouldn't work

02/12/2016, 03:02 pm

Efforts by the FBI and certain lawmakers seeking to ban Apple and other U.S. companies from selling products with real encryption will not be effective, note researchers in a study citing 865 encryption products already available in 55 countries--two thirds of which originate outside the U.S.

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FBI complains it can't break encryption on phone used by San Bernardino terrorists

02/11/2016, 10:02 am

FBI technicians have been trying and failing to break the encryption of a phone used by the couple who killed 14 people in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. in December, according to FBI Director James Comey.

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Proposed bill would ban US states from mandating backdoors in encryption

02/10/2016, 09:02 am

A bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday would bar individual states and localities from requiring backdoors in encryption, something often demanded by law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.

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Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

02/08/2016, 10:02 am

When it comes to the privacy and security of user data, the Apple Watch and its accompanying software ecosystem are the most well-designed products in the wearable marketplace, a new study shows.

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Apple grants widow access to husband's Apple ID after demanding court order

01/19/2016, 08:01 pm

Apple's strict data protection policies sparked debate over so-called "digital legacy" issues this week, as the company refused to supply a recently widowed Canadian woman with her late husband's Apple ID password.

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Apple lodges challenge to UK digital surveillance bill, rails against weak encryption

12/21/2015, 06:12 pm

In an "unprecedented" move, Apple on Monday issued a formal challenge to the UK House of Parliament over a proposed Investigatory Powers Bill that would leave services like iMessage open to backdoors and intercept capabilities.

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Security experts predict rise in cyber threats against Apple devices in 2016

12/11/2015, 12:12 pm

Security firm Symantec expects cyber attacks against Apple products to rise in 2016, after malware attacks against iOS and Mac OS X spiked sharply this year.

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Another security manual recommends using Apple iMessage: this time, ISIS

11/21/2015, 05:11 pm

An operations security manual developed to advise journalists and political activists on how to protect their identities is now being distributed by supporters of Islamic State terrorists. One of its recommendations is to use Apple's securely encrypted iMessage service.

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Half of data connections by top 500 Android apps are 'covert' with no effect on user experience

11/19/2015, 10:11 am

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that half of the communications connections established by the top free Android apps are hidden to the user, and much of the data is being transmitted for unknown purposes.

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