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April 14, 2016

Proposed Law Would Require U.S. Companies to Unlock Encryption under Court Order

The encryption controversy in the U.S. isn’t going away anytime soon. Two U.S. senators have proposed requiring companies to unlock encrypted technology when a court calls on them to do so, changing the current law and escalating a conflict between the technology industry and the U.S. government, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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The conflict that arose when a federal court ordered Apple to help unlock an iPhone used in a terror attack has fueled the encryption controversy.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., the panel’s vice chairman, [...]

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March 2, 2016

Is the FBI Warrant against Apple Legally Suspect?

The Wall Street Journal has come out today in favor of Apple in its legal fight with the FBI in an editorial titled “Apple is Right on Encryption.” The editorial notes that the FBI is invoking a law that only allows them to exercise powers Congress has granted, which in this case it has not. The newspaper says the case is not about privacy but about security for all Americans. 

A California judge ordered the company to design a custom version of its operating software to disable certain security features and allow the FBI to break the password. Apple has cooperated with the probe but argues that forcing it to write new code is illegal.

Judges Must Follow Laws

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February 13, 2016

U.K. Police Arrest Teen Following Hacks Of High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officials

Police in the United Kingdom arrested a teenager suspected of breaching U.S. intelligence officials’ accounts, according to phys.org, a science, research and technology news site. The arrest followed news reports of hacking attacks against CIA, FBI, White House, Homeland Security and other government agencies claimed by someone using the name “Cracka.”

A police spokesperson said they arrested a 16-year-old boy on Tuesday in East Midlands on charges including suspected conspiracy to commit unauthorized access to computer material and to commit unauthorized acts with intent to repair.

Arrest Linked To Hacking?

The police spokesperson did not connect the arrest to [...]

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January 3, 2016

JavaScript-based Ransom32 Makes Ransomware Easier Than Ever

Ransomware has traditionally involved advanced exploitation of desktop vulnerabilities, gaining the Windows equivalent of root, and encrypting the file system in such a way that the user can only get out of it by making a payment. Police departments, along with thousands of everyday users, have been impacted. Often in the case of police departments, phishing was involved.

Thanks to the recent advances in JavaScript’s viability as a platform, as evidenced by what seems to be daily new additions to the JavaScript framework market – Angular.js, Node.js, and so forth – a new Ransomware is on the scene which allows the operator to very quickly and easily deploy the malware. [...]

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