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Topic: Encryption Debate

Oops: Microsoft leaks its Golden Key, unlocking Windows Secure Boot and exposing the danger of backdoors

08/10/2016, 04:08 pm

Microsoft has demonstrated why the FBI's desire for "Golden Key" backdoors allowing "good guys" to bypass security is such a bad idea: it inadvertently released its own keys to Windows tablets, phones, HoloLens and other devices using UEFI Secure Boot.

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BlackBerry CEO says Apple's security stance puts company over 'greater good'

07/20/2016, 11:07 am

Despite having similar on-device encryption and claiming to protect users' data vigorously, BlackBerry CEO John Chen slammed Apple chief Tim Cook in a Tuesday sppech, sugesting that Cook was putting his company's reputation "above the greater good."

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After Apple's objections, UK removes encryption backdoors from Investigatory Powers Bill before passing

06/07/2016, 05:06 pm

The U.K. House of Commons has passed a limited version of its Investigatory Powers Bill after removing controversial elements that would have demanded that manufacturers like Apple to weaken or build backdoors into their encryption products.

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Congress won't consider mandatory encryption bill after Apple battle - report

05/27/2016, 09:05 am

Draft legislation that could've forced U.S. corporations like Apple to decrypt data on-demand following a court order won't be formally introduced this year, and has lost the support needed to advance anyway, sources said on Friday.

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Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

05/24/2016, 03:05 pm

Apple has re-hired Jon Callas, a cryptography expert responsible for much of Apple's security technology over the years, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

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US Senate introduces bill that would limit FBI's power to remotely hack devices

05/20/2016, 10:05 am

The FBI's attempt to expand its surveillance and hacking authority, spotlighted by a public spat over encryption with Apple, has met resistance from members of the U.S. Senate, where a newly introduced bill would block search warrants for remote devices [updated].

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Manhattan DA calls on US Congress to support bill requiring mandatory decryption

05/12/2016, 04:05 pm

The District Attorney of New York County is reportedly lobbying members of U.S. Congress in the hope they'll back legislation requiring companies like Apple to decrypt data on-demand following court orders.

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FBI director says legal war on encryption far from over

05/11/2016, 09:05 pm

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said the U.S. government will continue to wage legal war with tech companies to gain access to encrypted devices, intimating that such measures are weakening terror organizations like ISIL.

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Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on fingerprint warrants for Apple's Touch ID

05/11/2016, 09:05 am

In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations.

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LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

05/05/2016, 09:05 am

An iPhone 5S being held as evidence in the investigation of a 2014 murder has reportedly been unlocked by the Los Angeles Police Department, though the timing of the crime suggests that the phone in question may not have been protected by encryption.

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Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

05/03/2016, 04:05 pm

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

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Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours over encryption row

05/02/2016, 03:05 pm

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.

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FBI should disclose iPhone vulnerability to Apple, Edward Snowden says

05/02/2016, 10:05 am

Infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has once again weighed in on the Apple-FBI battle, this time saying that the bureau should disclose the vulnerability used to crack the San Bernardino iPhone in the interest of national cybersecurity.

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Los Angeles court orders woman to unlock Touch ID-equipped iPhone for FBI

05/02/2016, 09:05 am

Through a Los Angeles court, the FBI recently obtained a warrant forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, according to a report.

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FBI reportedly paid less than $1M for San Bernardino iPhone exploit

04/28/2016, 10:04 pm

A report on Thursday claims the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation spent less than $1 million on an exploit used to access an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, far below a previously estimated sum of more than $1.3 million.

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FBI says San Bernardino iPhone hack won't be submitted to review group for possible disclosure

04/27/2016, 02:04 pm

The FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties, a report said on Wednesday.

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FBI's first vulnerability tip to Apple came on April 14 for already-patched flaw

04/26/2016, 09:04 pm

Apple on Tuesday said the FBI divulged its first vulnerability tip under a White House process for sharing digital security flaws with private corporations on April 14, but the information was useless as Apple had already patched the issue nine months earlier.

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FBI still deciding whether to allow review of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

04/26/2016, 03:04 pm

The FBI has yet to decide whether an exploit used to crack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook will even be reviewed for possible disclosure, agency director James Comey said on Tuesday.

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DOJ withdraws motion to force Apple to unlock NYC iPhone [u]

04/22/2016, 09:04 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday withdrew an appeal seeking Apple's help in accessing data from a locked iPhone 5s tied to an ongoing New York drug case, saying an unnamed individual furnished the device passcode on Thursday.

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FBI paid over $1.34M for hack into San Bernardino iPhone, agency's director says

04/21/2016, 04:04 pm

The FBI paid more than $1.34 million to hack into the iPhone 5c of dead San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, agency director James Comey admitted on Thursday.

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