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Topic: Security

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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Paris attack stokes the flames in fight over US data encryption

11/16/2015, 09:11 pm

Last week's terrorist attack on Paris sounded a call to arms for hawkish U.S. officials seeking broad oversight of encrypted digital communications, some of whom used the opportunity to rekindle discussions with Silicon Valley technology companies.

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Tim Cook slams UK spy bill that could require breakable encryption

11/10/2015, 09:11 am

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Monday voiced staunch opposition to the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, a measure that would force companies to retain customer data and may require them to install backdoors in any encrypted systems.

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ACLU: Google is embarrassed by Android security, isn't protecting vulnerable users like Apple's iOS

11/04/2015, 03:11 pm

The difference between encryption and security on iOS and Android isn't just a technical issue but a "digital security divide," according to the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. That's because Apple secures its devices while Google leaves Android open to data collection and surveillance.

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Appeals court refuses immediate ban on NSA metadata collection, allows phase-out to continue

10/29/2015, 12:10 pm

The National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata will be allowed to continue during the 180-day wind-down period authorized by Congress in June, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

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