Tag Archive: Encryption


White House won’t back bill forcing tech companies to break encryption

The White House is refusing to publicly support new draft legislation that would give judges the right to force tech companies like Apple to help law enforcement break encrypted data. The measure was put forward by Sens. Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, respectively the Republican chair and top Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Both […]

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WhatsApp follows Apple’s lead with end-to-end encryption for all

Apple’s battle with the FBI may not have achieved much in court, but it did do some good. Following in the iPhone-maker’s footsteps, WhatsApp today began rolling out end-to-end encryption for every single one of its 1 billion users. The move will make intercepting messages near impossible for authorities — and even WhatsApp itself. Apple’s decision not to create […]

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Researchers find gaping hole in Apple’s iMessage encryption

Encryption researchers at John Hopkins University have found a serious flaw in the encryption of Apple’s iMessage platform that shatters the FBI’s stance that encryption on devices like the iPhone is unhackable. The group of researchers discovered a bug that would allow attackers to decrypt pictures and video sent over iMessage. The flaw wouldn’t help […]

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11 juicy quotes from Tim Cook’s interview on encryption

Apple CEO Tim Cook has vowed to continue fighting ‘the good fight’ for the American people in its war against the federal government over encryption. Cook sat down for a lengthy interview with Time as part of the magazine’s March 28 cover story on Apple, saying that he’s a “big optimist that we ultimately arrive […]

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Google, Facebook and others following Apple’s lead on encryption

Google, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp and other tech giants are reportedly working on their own increased privacy measures, as Apple continues to win over the general public during its encryption standoff with the FBI. A report from U.K. newspaper The Guardian provides a few limited details about what the companies have planned. WhatsApp is reported to […]

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Check out John Oliver’s hilarious rant in favor of iPhone encryption

John Oliver took on Apple’s continuing privacy standoff with the FBI during Sunday’s Last Week Tonight — describing how crucial encryption is when it comes to protecting important data such as, “our financial information, health records, dick pics, trade secrets, classified government records, [and] dick pics.” And you know what? As well as being very funny, […]

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Obama warns against ‘absolutist views’ on encryption

President Obama was in Austin for the opening day of the South by Southwest Interactive festival, and talk turned inevitably to the current tension between law enforcement and tech companies on subjects like security and citizen privacy. The President couldn’t comment on the specific, ongoing case that has Apple and the FBI fighting over whether […]

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F.B.I. considered taking Apple to court over encryption fears

The F.B.I. and Department of Justice are so concerned about Apple’s pro-privacy iOS encryption that senior officials advocated taking Apple to court over the issue, according to a new report. The clash with Cupertino was reportedly sparked by an investigation this summer — “involving guns and drugs” — in which a court order was obtained, […]

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iPhone’s encryption is so good, not even cops can get past it

Law enforcement has a love-hate relationship with the iPhone. Features like Activation Lock have helped crack down on smartphone thefts, but there’s always the lurking threat of someone asking Siri about 9/11 and accidentally dialling 911 in the process. The… Read more ›

iMessage encryption will kill kids, DOJ warns

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a chilling warning to Apple executives as a response to increased privacy protections added to iOS 8: Children might die because we can’t hack into bad guys’ iMessages. Deputy Attorney General James Cole… Read more ›