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FBI Used Fake Statistics to Sell Its Need for Encryption Backdoors FBI Used Fake Statistics to Sell Its Need for Encryption Backdoors

For years, the FBI has claimed it needs a backdoor for encrypted devices because too much evidence is being lost in our brave new world. At the end of 2017, law enforcement began a new push, claiming there were 7,800 devices waiting to be cracked. Now it says there was a programming error and that number was totally…

It Looks Like Apple's Tool That Stops Cops From Hacking Your iPhone Isn't Coming to iOS 11.4 It Looks Like Apple's Tool That Stops Cops From Hacking Your iPhone Isn't Coming to iOS 11.4

Security researchers at a password-recovery firm claimed to have found an encryption feature in the beta of iOS 11.4 that would definitely make your device more secure and might even prevent authorities to use the cracking tools that have cropped up recently. Sadly, it appears the tool will not be included in the…

Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability they’re calling EFAIL that exposes the encrypted emails in plaintext, even for messages sent in the past.

Apple's iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week [Updated] Apple's iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week [Updated]

Apple’s latest move in its ongoing war of words with the FBI, National Security Agency, and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies over encryption is a feature that turns off USB data access on locked iOS devices.

Twitter Appears to Be Testing Encrypted Direct Messages Twitter Appears to Be Testing Encrypted Direct Messages

With Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Signal all offering various forms of encrypted messaging, Twitter has often seemed like the lone holdout. The company has been pressed to add an encryption option to its direct messaging—most notably by Edward Snowden—but the feature has yet to be introduced.

Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations

Slack, the messaging service of choice for tens of thousands of organizations, has given employers a considerable amount of access to the data and communications of employees. A new tool called Shhlack finally gives employees the power to shield their private conversations with end-to-end encryption.

Here's What Those New Full-Page Warnings in Chrome Mean Here's What Those New Full-Page Warnings in Chrome Mean

Google Chrome users will soon encounter a full-page warning whenever visiting a website whose SSL certificate is not registered with a public certificate log.

WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy

Jan Koum, the billionaire CEO of Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, is leaving the company following disputes over “the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption,” the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Russia Is Still Trashing Its Internet Two Weeks Into Its Failed Rampage Against Telegram Russia Is Still Trashing Its Internet Two Weeks Into Its Failed Rampage Against Telegram

Since Russia banned the Telegram messaging app, the government has embarked on a campaign of hitting itself in the face. The functionality of the Russian internet has been hobbled for two weeks as regulators wildly block IP addresses, and on Thursday a Kremlin spokesperson admitted he still uses Telegram. “It works…

Cops Acquire iPhone-Cracking Tools, Proving FBI's Effort to 'Backdoor' Encryption Is Dumber Than Ever Cops Acquire iPhone-Cracking Tools, Proving FBI's Effort to 'Backdoor' Encryption Is Dumber Than Ever

For more than a decade now, FBI directors have been ranting about investigators being cut off from prized intelligence sources thanks to the widespread adoption of digitally encrypted communications. The truth, of course, is that humanity’s ever-increasing reliance on the internet has given today’s Federal Bureau of…

ProtonMail Launches a Shorter Email Domain and Other New Features for Encryption Lovers ProtonMail Launches a Shorter Email Domain and Other New Features for Encryption Lovers

An encrypted email service widely used among journalists and political dissidents just got several new sick features, including, let’s be honest, the only thing we really care about: a shorter domain name.

The State Department Has Reportedly Purchased a $15,000 iPhone Encryption Cracking Device The State Department Has Reportedly Purchased a $15,000 iPhone Encryption Cracking Device

A department of the US State Department dedicated to diplomatic security has reportedly procured a $15,000, Apple TV-sized device its manufacturers advertise as being able to break iPhone encryption in anywhere from two hours to three days.

A White House Staffer Allegedly Left His Encrypted Email Login at a DC Bus Stop A White House Staffer Allegedly Left His Encrypted Email Login at a DC Bus Stop

This White House has had a lot of trouble with privacy and cybersecurity: Former communications director Hope Hicks lately claimed her email account was hacked, numerous staffers used possibly compromised personal email accounts despite the warnings of intelligence officials, and aides have repeatedly unintentionally…

Turkey Blocks Encrypted Email Service ProtonMail Turkey Blocks Encrypted Email Service ProtonMail

The Turkish government is reportedly blocking the use of ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email service.

The FBI Busts Phantom Secure CEO for Allegedly Selling Encrypted Phones to Gangs, Drug Cartels The FBI Busts Phantom Secure CEO for Allegedly Selling Encrypted Phones to Gangs, Drug Cartels

The FBI has arrested the owner of Phantom Secure, one of a number of phone companies that it claims sells customized BlackBerry and Android devices for use in international criminal organizations.

Wickr Just Made It Easier to Keep Snoops Out of Your Next Conference Call Wickr Just Made It Easier to Keep Snoops Out of Your Next Conference Call

In July, Wickr announced that its paying users could make encrypted conference calls. For a company prioritizing businesses over consumers, this was a crucial development. But it also helped Wickr stand out from other secure messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp, which have yet to roll out encrypted group calls. And…

WhatsApp Co-Founder Injects Signal With $50 Million to Make Encrypted Messaging 'Ubiquitous' WhatsApp Co-Founder Injects Signal With $50 Million to Make Encrypted Messaging 'Ubiquitous'

The creators of Signal, the encrypted messaging app widely used throughout security community—as well as by journalists, activists, and others seeking to stymie government surveillance—announced on Wednesday a major change to the organization’s makeup.

Bill Gates Seems to Think Apple Should Just Put a Backdoor in the iPhone Bill Gates Seems to Think Apple Should Just Put a Backdoor in the iPhone

Bill Gates thinks Silicon Valley isn’t worried enough about government regulation. In a new interview, he warned that big tech companies are being reckless in their support for end-to-end encryption, and he made some cryptic comments about Apple.

Senator Demands FBI Director Explain His Encryption Backdoor Bullshit Senator Demands FBI Director Explain His Encryption Backdoor Bullshit

One US senator is calling out the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for pushing the moronic notion that there is somehow a good way to add backdoors to encryption used to protect devices like Apple’s iPhone.

Skype and Signal Are Partnering on End-to-End Encryption Skype and Signal Are Partnering on End-to-End Encryption

While messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo have all incorporated end-to-end encryption into their products over the last few years, Skype has lagged behind. But that’s changing today—Skype is adding end-to-end encrypted messaging, with the help of Signal.

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