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October 12, 2016

Scotland Yard Charge Man for Terrorism Over Encrypted Blog

U.K.’s Scotland Yard is accusing a Cardiff man on six counts of terrorism after he was arrested last month by Scotland Yard’s counterterrorism squad.

In a pre-planned and pro-active investigation by the MPS Counter Terrorism Command, which is supported by the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU), 33-year-old Samata Ullah, who is a suspected ISIS member, was arrested in a street in Cardiff.

A detailed breakdown of the six terrorism charges can be found on the Metropolitan Police website.

As reported by Ars Technica, Ullah, was accused on one count of preparation of terrorism ‘by researching an encryption programme, developing an encrypted version of [...]

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April 22, 2016

FBI Paid Hackers Over $1.3 Million to Hack iPhone

The iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters has been at the center of stand-off between the FBI and Apple in recent times. While Apple stuck to its no-backdoor policy, the FBI eventually recruited the help of grey-hat hackers to crack the iPhone. The cost for such a hack-job? Over $1.3 million. The highest ever publicly known fee for a hack.

In numbers researched by Reuters, it can now be confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation paid over $1.3 million to hackers in order to unlock the iPhone without triggering its auto-wipe security feature.

At a recent security forum in London, a moderator addressing Comey directly asked the director how much [...]

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March 29, 2016

The FBI Hacks the iPhone; Apple Exempt from Creating Backdoor

The case of the United States Government via the FBI vs Apple is finally over. Following months of work in trying to find a way to break into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, the FBI has finally found a way through.

The government has withdrawn its case against Apple. The court case and the very public tussle between the FBI and Apple is over.

While details are scarce, the result of the entire ordeal proves to be somewhat of a victory to Apple. The software and hardware giant is no longer required to create a custom OS as a backdoor to aid the FBI in gaining access to the locked iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Just last week, a [...]

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March 7, 2016

Apple Vice President: FBI Backdoor Request Will Cause Hacker Havoc

Apple’s chief software engineer and vice president, Craig Federighi has, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, echoed Apple CEO Tim Cook’s take on the fierce encryption backdoor debate between the FBI and Apple.

The chief software engineer at Apple and senior vice president of software engineering at the company, Craig Federighi has spoken about his disappointment in the requests by the FBI, Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies seeking a backdoor for the iPhone.

Federighi penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday, arguing that such a backdoor, once created, will become “a weakness that hackers and criminals could use to wreck havoc on the privacy [...]

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