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  • FBI paid less than $1M for iPhone hack -- and doesn't know how it works

    04/29/2016 10:57:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    CNet ^ | April 29, 20166:39 AM PDT | by Katie Collins
    Earlier reports suggested the iPhone-unlocking mechanism cost as much as $1.3 million. How much does it cost to hack into an iPhone? Not as much as we thought. The FBI paid less the $1 million to hack into the iPhone 5C of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Reuters reported Friday, a figure lower than some observers had previously estimated. FBI Director James Comey said last week the government had spent more money than he was set to make over the remainder of his tenure running the bureau. This was calculated to be $1.3 million. The software mechanism purchased...
  • Snowden Leaks Accelerated Encryption Technology by 7 Years, U.S. Intelligence Chief Says

    04/25/2016 6:56:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    UPI ^ | April 25, 2016 | Doug G. Ware
    "From our standpoint, it’s not a good thing," Clapper said of accelerated advancements in encryption technology. Whistle-blower Edward Snowden, by leaking classified data two years ago, contributed to the acceleration of sophisticated encryption methods that militants are using to hide their communications, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Monday. The rapid advancement of commercially available encryption software is proving to be a difficult obstacle in detecting potential threats, he said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "From our standpoint, it's not a good thing," he said of the rapidly advancing encryption, adding that the software has had...
  • Ted Cruz knows where you live – if you downloaded his app (his official app leaks personal data)

    04/26/2016 8:12:12 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | John Leyden
    US presidential primary apps leak supporters' phone data "...nearly 25 per cent were found to be exposing sensitive data... account details (email address and social media profile names), device phone number, GPS coordinates, and more..." Many US presidential primary apps gather users’ personal information and leave their sensitive data vulnerable to attackers, security researchers at Symantec warn. Data exchanged through many of the apps can be intercepted by attackers and shared with third parties because of weak security practices. Symantec analysed the official mobile app behaviours of top primary candidates, as well as popular unaffiliated apps, using its Norton Mobile...
  • Second U.S. Bid to Force Apple to Unlock Phone Ends in a Whimper (Link only due to Copyright)

    04/23/2016 11:01:39 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    Bloomberg | April 22, 2016 | By Christie Smyth
    Second U.S. Bid to Force Apple to Unlock Phone Ends in a Whimper . . . a source came forward and provided the passcode. It appears to me that the FBI/DOJ doesn't want to get a precedent from an Appellate Court that does not support their position. Link only due to Bloomberg Copyright; Second U.S. Bid to Force Apple to Unlock Phone Ends in a Whimper
  • Panama Papers: Obama and Globalists Kill Right to Privacy

    04/20/2016 3:04:18 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/18/2016 | Alex Newman
    Seizing on the media- and government-manufactured “Panama Papers” brouhaha, governments and globalist organizations announced a wave of new edicts and agreements last week in a plot to kill what remains of financial privacy rights and impose a radical global tax regime on humanity. The Obama administration, the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, Socialist International, the European Union, and more are fully behind the effort. Of course, as this magazine has documented, those establishment forces, socialist groups, international organizations, tax-funded shills, and bloated governments have been pushing the same dangerous agenda for years without much success. Now...
  • Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others express ‘deep concerns’ over controversial encryption bill

    04/20/2016 10:14:22 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 20, 2016 04:37 am | By Amar Toor
    Coalitions representing major tech companies warn of 'unintended consequences' in letter to US senators Four coalitions representing Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other major tech companies have published an open letter expressing their concerns over a controversial US bill that would require smartphone makers to decrypt data on demand. The letter, published this week, is addressed to the bill's sponsors, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and signed by four industry groups: Reform Government Surveillance, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, and the Entertainment Software Association. In addition to Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon,...
  • Microsoft sues US over privacy

    04/15/2016 2:25:08 AM PDT · by John W · 3 replies
    AP via Journal Gazette ^ | April 15, 2016 | Brandon Bailey
    SAN FRANCISCO – In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge. The lawsuit comes as the tech industry is increasingly butting heads with U.S. officials over the right to view a wide range of information – including emails, photos and financial records – that customers are storing on smartphones and in so-called “cloud” computing centers. Microsoft says the U.S. Justice Department is abusing a decades-old law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, to obtain...
  • Apple iPhone unlocking maneuver likely to remain secret

    04/14/2016 11:06:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Reuters | April 13, 2016 | BY JOSEPH MENN AND MARK HOSENBALL
    <p>The company that helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone to get data has sole legal ownership of the method, making it highly unlikely the technique will be disclosed by the government to Apple or any other entity, Obama administration sources said this week.</p>
  • California phone decryption bill defeated

    04/14/2016 1:50:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    The Sacramento Bee (AP) ^ | April 13th, 2016 | BY JEREMY B. WHITE
    A Sacramento woman uses her phone on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com A national debate over smartphone encryption arrived in Sacramento on Tuesday as legislators defeated a bill penalizing companies that don’t work with courts to break into phones, siding with technology industry representatives who called the bill a dangerous affront to privacy. The bill did not receive a vote, with members of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection worrying the measure would undermine data security and impose a logistically untenable requirement on California companies. Disagreement over the balance between privacy and public safety exploded into...
  • Line By Line, How The US Anti-Encryption Bill Will Kill Our Privacy, Security

    04/14/2016 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 04/13/2016 | Iain Thomson
    Analysis In the wake of the FBI's failed fight against Apple, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced a draft bill that would effectively ban strong crypto. The bill would require tech and communications companies to allow law enforcement with a court order to decrypt their customers' data. Last week a draft copy of the bill, dubbed the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, was leaked, but the new version is even worse than the discussion draft.... The senators want to have their cake--by requiring tech companies to protect their customers' data--and eat it too--by insisting...
  • Uber says gave U.S. agencies data on more than 12 million users

    04/12/2016 1:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 12, 2016 | By Narottam Medhora
    Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday released its first ever transparency report detailing the information requested by not only U.S. law enforcement agencies, but also by regulators. The ride-sharing company said that between July and December 2015, it had provided information on more than 12 million riders and drivers to various U.S. regulators and on 469 users to state and federal law agencies. A large number of the law enforcement requests were related to fraud investigations or the use of stolen credit cards, according to the report. Uber said it had not received any national security letters or orders under the...
  • HHS Says Health Records Should Communicate With Each Other. What Does That Mean?

    04/11/2016 4:37:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 4/8/16 | Mohana Ravindranath
    When a patient moves from one health system to another, there’s no guarantee his or her electronic medical records are compatible with the new system’s. The Department of Health and Human Services wants to change that, with a number of efforts aimed at making electronic health record technology more “interoperable.” But how does a health system measure “interoperability,” and how does the department know if it’s successful? HHS doesn’t know the answer -- and it’s looking to the public for help. In a new request for information, HHS is asking for input on metrics that could measure interoperability. The eventual...
  • Gangs, drugs, and guns keep the pressure on Apple

    04/10/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 9, 2016 | By Bruce Brown
    p>Apple’s issues with the Department of Justice and U.S. courts haven’t ended. The FBI was able to crack the San Bernadino, CA terrorist’s iPhone 5c with outside help and subsequently withdrew its legal action. U.S. District Courts in Boston and New York have ongoing investigations with gangs, guns, and drugs and the DoJ wants Apple’s help, as reported by  Yahoo! UK Finance. Court papers were released Friday from a February 1 filing in Boston, during which a judge ordered Apple to unlock a phone seized from an alleged gang member.  This order took place before February 16, when Apple was...
  • FBI Director Explains Why He Puts Tape Over His Webcam

    04/10/2016 5:44:33 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 9, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    During a Wednesday speech on privacy at Kenyon College, FBI Director James Comey said he’s anxious enough about the prospect of covert surveillance that he places tape over his computer’s webcam. [...] “I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera,” Comey said. “Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.” [...]
  • Obama: Let Big Brother In If You Want Online Protection

    04/07/2016 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/7/16 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama urged students to open up their digital life to the federal government, if they wanted to be protected by the government, calling the current privacy expectations from Americans unrealistic. “People have a whole new set of privacy expectations that are understandable. They also expect though that since their lives are all digitized, that the digital world is safe, which creates a contradictory demand on government,” he said. Obama discussed the issue during a conversation about the Supreme Court at the University of Chicago, where he used to teach Constitutional law. He pointed out that citizens expected the government...
  • FBI director: We bought 'a tool' to hack terrorist's iPhone (Flash (Ugh) Video)

    04/07/2016 9:23:59 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 7, 2016 | by Lorenzo Ferrigno and Charles Riley
    FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the government had purchased "a tool" from a private party in order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. "Litigation between the government and Apple over the San Bernardino phone has ended, because the government has purchased, from a private party, a way to get into that phone, 5C, running iOS 9," Comey said. Law enforcement officials revealed in late March that they had finally cracked the iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of two shooters in the December 2015 attack that left 14 people dead. But they...
  • GOP Senator Slams WhatsApp For Turning On Encryption (Cotton-headed nitwittery)

    04/07/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/6/2016 | David McCabe
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is slamming messaging platform WhatsApp for turning on end-to-end encryption for all of its users.... WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook and is particularly popular outside the United States, said on Tuesday that it would start offering encryption for its users as the default setting. That will apply to the different types of messages on the service, which include video and voice. "Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen," WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton said in a post announcing the change. "And if nothing is done, more of...
  • When Did It Become Controversial To Keep Men Out Of The Women's Bathroom?

    04/05/2016 5:16:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | John Hawkins
    "But I will tell you what: the first man that walks in my daughter’s bathroom, he ain’t going to have to worry about surgery.” -- Lt. Gen. (ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin I’m sure there are a great many people who are probably shocked to see that quote from William Boykin, but why should they be? Men have had that sort of protective attitude toward their daughters for as long as anyone can remember. That hasn’t changed, but what has recently changed is the profoundly unhealthy attitude many people in our society have taken towards transsexualism. Determining what percentage of the...
  • Cellebrite is the FBI's go-to phone hacker (with Video)

    04/01/2016 11:21:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 1, 2016 | by Jose Pagliery
    All signs are pointing to Cellebrite, an Israeli company, as the mysterious "outside party" that helped agents unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist. An elite group of engineers at Cellebrite -- led by a "brilliant" hacker in Seattle -- helped the FBI crack the iPhone 5C last week, according to two people with direct contact to the team. Everyone at the company has since been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements to remain silent about the matter, one of them said. Additionally, government records now show that Cellebrite landed its biggest contract ever with the FBI -- one...
  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    03/30/2016 4:20:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 110 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2016 | by Liz Peek
    The battle between the FBI and Apple ended on Monday with “no clear winner,” according to The New York Times. Not so. The clear winner is the American people, and the clear loser is Apple.The FBI had requested Apple’s help in unlocking a cell phone used by the San Bernardino killers--Apple refused. The Justice Department took the dispute to court, arguing that a search warrant required Apple to program a “backdoor” into Syed Farook’s password- protected iPhone5. A judge initially decided in favor of the government, but Apple appealed the ruling; the case was expected to end up at the...
  • Report: Lakers ‘isolating’ D’Angelo Russell after leaked Nick Young video [Young cheated on Iggy]

    03/30/2016 11:28:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    SI ^ | March 30, 2016 | Staff
    Some Los Angeles Lakers players are upset with rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell for recording a private conversation between himself and forward Nick Young, ESPN’s Baxter Holmes and Marc Stein report. In the video Russell asks Young, who does not seem aware that he is being filmed, about having relationships with other women. Young is engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea.
  • Rep. Speier Wants To Register Every Prepaid Phone Purchase

    03/29/2016 9:00:27 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 21 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 3/28/16 | Tim Cushing
    First, the legislators came for encrypted phones, because terrorists were apparently using encryption. (Except they weren't.) Now, they're coming for prepaid phones. Sure, customers will still be able to buy prepaid phones. They'll just have to "register" with their local retailer in order to do so. A bill proposed in congress this week would require that all users provide identification and register prepaid ‘burner’ phones upon purchase.... Even if this passes, it will do little to allow law enforcement agencies to follow up on burners recovered after attacks. Criminals and terrorists won't be presenting identification -- at least not theirs...
  • And now Apple is going to stop the FBI getting into iCloud data too

    03/28/2016 10:22:38 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    GrahamCluely ^ | March 25, 2016 | by David Bisson
    Apple announces plans to hand over iCloud encryption key management to users Apple has announced its plans to transfer iCloud encryption key management to account holders, a move which could stand in the way of or even prevent the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from requesting users' information.The tech giant currently manages the encryption key management for all iCloud account holders.eWeek reports that because of this level of control, Apple provided federal authorities with several iCloud backups of Syed Rizwan Farook, an individual who participated in a mass shooting and attempted bombing in San Bernardino, California back in December....
  • Snoopers Charter 2: Apple teams Tech Co's to change UK Investigatory Powers Bill (Link)

    03/27/2016 10:26:58 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    The Independent (LINK ONLY) | March 24, 2016 | Andrew Griffin
    Actual Title: Snoopers Charter 2: Apple teams up with Facebook, Google, Twitter and more to ask Government to change Investigatory Powers Bill Link only due to copyright infringement issues:
  • Why Apple’s Fight Against the FBI Is Not Over Yet

    03/27/2016 12:05:09 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 26, 2016 | By Jay Kaplan
    The government’s issue over access to personal data will likely come up again. Earlier this week, the FBI stalled its impending court date with Apple after it revealed that it might have found a way to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help. Just 24 hours before the hearing, the FBI’s filing stated that it would use alternate means to access the data on Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. Since the filing, it has been reported that Cellebright, a provider of mobile forensic software, will be the third-party aiding the FBI. But without any specification as to what specifically...
  • MIT’s New 5-Atom Quantum Computer Could Make Today’s Encryption Obsolete

    03/24/2016 1:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | March 6, 2016
    "all you have to do is go in the lab, apply more technology, and you should be able to make a bigger quantum computer" So the only thing preventing a more general purpose quantum computer is money and enough engineers... Hmm... (POLL-AT-LINK) Via: PC World: Much of the encryption world today depends on the challenge of factoring large numbers, but scientists now say they've created the first five-atom quantum computer with the potential to crack the security of traditional encryption schemes. In traditional computing, numbers are represented by either 0s or 1s, but quantum computing relies on atomic-scale units, or...
  • Judge: Order to Compel Apple Has Been 'Unenforceable' All Along

    03/24/2016 11:20:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    MotherBoard ^ | March 23, 2016 | by SARAH JEONG
    On Monday, less than 24 hours before the hearing was scheduled to start, the US government asked to cancel its big court date in the Apple vs FBI fight. The judge convened a quick conference with the Department of Justice and Apple attorneys. A transcript shows the judge repeatedly emphasizing that the order to compel Apple to create a backdoor for the government is “unenforceable” and has been so since the court battle began weeks ago.The March 22 hearing was set to be an all-out battle. Both sides planned to call witnesses, with one to two hours of live...
  • Thank You for Hacking iPhone, Now Tell Apple How You Did It (link only due to copyright issues)

    03/23/2016 6:55:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Bloomberg | March 22, 2016 | By Chris Strohm, Jordan Robertson, Michael Riley
    An Obama Administration regulation may require the FBI to hand over the hack developed by what ever company that may succeed in hacking into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c, so that Apple can plug that vulnerability. What irony. . . Link only due to copyright considerations: Thank You for Hacking iPhone, Now Tell Apple How You Did It (link only due to copyright issues)
  • We asked every member of Congress with a computer science degree about Apple/FBI war

    03/23/2016 5:58:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    BGR ^ | March 23, 2016 | By Andy Meek
    Just because Apple and the FBI avoided an historic showdown in court this week over a previously issued court order for Apple to create a so-called “government OS” that bypasses normal iPhone security measures, that doesn’t mean the whole thing was tidily wrapped up.For one thing, no legislative precedent was set here – at the eleventh hour, the FBI said it thinks a mysterious outside party (which may have now been identified) will be able to help it get inside an iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino shooters – leaving the law enforcement agency free to pursue a...
  • My Take on FBI’s “Alternative” Method

    03/23/2016 5:33:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Jonathan Zdziarski's Blog of Things ^ | March 23, 2016 | by Jonathan Zdziarski
    FBI acknowledged today that there “appears” to be an alternative way into Farook’s iPhone 5c – something that experts have been shouting for weeks now; in fact, we’ve been saying there are several viable methods. Before I get into which method I think is being used here, here are some possibilities of other viable methods and why I don’t think they’re part of the solution being utilized: A destructive method, such as de-capping or deconstruction of the microprocessor would preclude FBI from being able to come back in two weeks to continue proceedings against Apple. Once the phone is destroyed, there’s very little Apple can do...
  • FBI could be using these hacks to break into killer's iPhone (Video) — LINK ONLY

    03/22/2016 11:03:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    USA Today | March 22, 2016 | By Elizabeth Weise
    Possible modes the FBI may use to break into the iPhone 5C proposed by USA Today. Link only due to copyright only due to copyright restrictions: FBI could be using these hacks to break into killer's iPhone
  • FBI asks to delay Apple trial so it can try hacking the iPhone again

    03/21/2016 4:26:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 21, 2016 06:50 pm | By T.C. Sottek
    The FBI just filed a motion to delay Tuesday's hearing in the San Bernardino iPhone case, claiming that an "outside party" may be able to help it break into the phone without Apple's help. The motion comes after weeks of escalation tension in the case with Apple, the FBI, and other stakeholders arguing the case in public before it reached courts. It's not clear who is helping the FBI or what the new method entails, but it may not coming from the NSA, despite speculation that the intelligence agency has the ability up its sleeve; today's filing suggests that the...
  • Microsoft founder Gates backs FBI in encryption fight with Apple

    03/20/2016 8:06:50 AM PDT · by Scutter · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/24/2016 | Unknown
    Microsoft founder Bill Gates has broken with other Silicon Valley giants by backing the FBI in its battle with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone as part of the investigation into last December's San Bernardino terror attack. In an interview with the Financial Times published Tuesday, Gates said a court order requiring Apple to help the FBI access a work phone belonging to gunman Syed Farook was " a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case."
  • Gawker: It’s Cool to Punish OTHER People for Their Words, Just Not Us

    03/19/2016 1:09:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/19/16 | Sonny Bunch
    .....Gawker Media is forced to talk out of both sides of its mouth, on the one hand callowly apologizing to readers (and, let’s be honest, advertisers) for one of its writers launching a disgusting pro-bullying attack on a marginalized group while simultaneously apologizing for the apology and denouncing anti-Gawker campaigns as little better than “fascism” in order to maintain their street cred with their bros. It’s a genius move, in a way, one that allows Gawker to tell the companies it relies on for revenue that it’s really and truly sorry while also doing nothing to alienate its core readership...
  • Apple's product security expert will testify on Tuesday in San Bernardino case

    03/18/2016 10:43:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 18, 2016 | By Russell Brandom
    On Tuesday, Apple will face the first major hearing in the San Bernardino iPhone case, and new details suggest the company will be speaking directly to the security issues involved. The FBI has requested an evidentiary hearing, which means the court will hear testimony from witnesses on both sides.Those witnesses will include Eric Neuenschwander, Apple's head of product security and privacy, who can speak to the company's security measures and the feasibility of the government's proposed system. Neuenschwander filed a declaration to the court on Tuesday, which argued the government's order would potentially endanger the Trusted Platform Module system used...
  • Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist

    03/17/2016 9:18:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 17, 2016 | By JOHN MARKOFF, KATIE BENNER and BRIAN X. CHEN
    SAN FRANCISCO — If the F.B.I. wins its court fight to force Apple’s help in unlocking an iPhone, the agency may run into yet another roadblock: Apple’s engineers. Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees. Among those interviewed were Apple engineers who are involved in the development of mobile products and security,...
  • Mozilla Exec: There’s No Such Thing as a Safe Backdoor

    03/17/2016 7:02:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    TIME ^ | March 17, 2016 | Denelle Dixon-Thayer
    Debelle Dixon-Thayer is Chief Legal and Business Officer at Mozilla 'Companies should be able to build the best security for their users that they can provide' Since the news broke of the FBI request for Apple to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, we’ve seen reactions from many horizons: tech companies, the FBI, victims’ families and, last weekend, President Barack Obama. This case is attracting a lot of attention, and it should. Much is at stake. This is not about Apple, or the FBI or helping the bad guys. It is about how to achieve...
  • Inside Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Fight With the FBI

    03/17/2016 4:55:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    TIME ^ | March 17, 2016 | Lev Grossman
    In an exclusive interview with TIME, Cook discusses your privacy, America’s security, and what’s at stake in the battle over encryption The day after the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot to death 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday luncheon for the county department of public health, an FBI Evidence Response Team descended on the couple’s townhouse in nearby Redlands. They recovered, among other things, 12 pipe bombs, thousands of rounds of ammunition of several different calibers, and three cell phones: two from a dumpster behind the townhouse and one...
  • Hacker Group "Anonymous" Releases Trump's Social Security, Phone Numbers

    03/17/2016 4:42:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 137 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/16 | "Tyler Durden"; character name for Brad Pitt in The Fight Club
    Earlier this month, infamous hacker collective Anonymous declared "war" on Donald Trump who they accuse of being a fascist and seeking to institute a dictatorship in America. We're not sure how many people took them seriously and we're almost positive Trump himself got a good, hearty laugh at the threat (after all, the group also declared "war" on Bakr al-Baghdadi) but on Thursday, the group claims it has released Trump's phone number and social security number.
  • Why Apple went to war with the FBI

    03/15/2016 10:21:49 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 15, 2016 | By Zack Whittaker
    The Justice Dept. was poised to launch a public relations campaign to pull at the public heartstrings of those who suffered as a result of the San Bernardino shootings. It took just a few hours for the Justice Dept. to gauge how its legal action against Apple would be perceived by the public. Not long after a California court released an order compelling Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, there was an outpouring of support in Apple's favor, and little compassion for the government's case. FBI could demand Apple source...
  • In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

    03/15/2016 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 5 replies
    The New York TImes ^ | 3/13/16 | Michael D. Shear, David E. Sanger, and Katie Benner
    Three years ago, reeling from Edward J. Snowden's disclosure of the government's vast surveillance programs and uncertain how to respond, President Obama said he welcomed a vigorous public debate about the wrenching trade-offs between safeguarding personal privacy and tracking down potential terrorists. "It's healthy for our democracy," he told reporters at the time. "I think it's a sign of maturity." But the national debate touched off this winter by the confrontation between the Justice Department and Apple over smartphone security is not exactly the one Mr. Obama had in mind. Mr. Snowden's revelations produced modest changes and a heightened suspicion...
  • What is this?

    03/15/2016 12:03:27 AM PDT · by Don W · 13 replies
    "ultimate privacy" ^ | unknown | self
    Welcome to Ultimate Privacy - Anonymity that works! Thank you for stopping by. For over 19 years we have provided anonymity and privacy services to the online community. You will not find fancy graphics, bells and whistles here. What you will find is a no nonsense and effective approach to protecting your online anonymity and privacy in virtually every protocol. In January 1997 we began as an anonymous remailer which to this date is still one of our most popular features. We have grown over the years to meet our subscribers needs and are proud to answer only to our...
  • Encryption, Privacy Are Larger Issues Than Fighting Terrorism, Clarke Says (Transcript)

    03/14/2016 2:49:11 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | March 14, 20168:04 AM ET | David Green and Richard Clarke
    (Transcript) David Greene talks to former national security official Richard Clarke about the fight between Apple and the FBI. The FBI wants an iPhone that was used by one of the San Bernardino shooters unlocked. DAVID GREENE, HOST: . . . GREENE: Disrupting terrorist plots was Richard Clarke's mission for years. And we're adding his voice this morning in the ongoing debate over whether Apple should design a way for the government to break into that iPhone. Richard Clarke led counterterrorism efforts for two presidents - Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. RICHARD CLARKE: . . .Under the Obama administration,...
  • John Oliver Just Explained the Apple/FBI Case In the Most Hilarious Way Possible (Video)

    03/14/2016 1:52:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    The Street ^ | March 14, 2016 | ByChris Ciaccia
    With Apple set to unveil a new iPhone (and more) next week ahead of its court hearing with the FBI over the encryption battle, John Oliver has a smart take on the whole tangled issue. The host of HBO's 'Last Week Tonight,' who has become increasingly relevant in debates on national issues, Oliver has come out in defense of Apple on the encryption issue, but noted the company could be more forthcoming with its ads, saying it could talk more about how hard it is to stay ahead of hackers. Oliver noted the issue has been brought up on the...
  • Why Apple is right to resist the FBI

    03/13/2016 1:21:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 75 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | March 13, 2016 | by John Eden
    The FBI wants Apple to do something no private company has ever been forced to do: break its own technology. Specifically, the FBI wants Apple to build a new version of its mobile operating system (iOS, or GovOS) so that the contents of an iPhone can be removed from an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino shooting.A magistrate judge recently ordered Apple to comply with this request; Apple in turn filed a Motion to Vacate (MTV) the magistrate’s order. The key point made in the MTV — and the key issue on which...
  • Florida sheriff pledges to arrest CEO Tim Cook if Apple resists crypto cooperation LINK

    03/12/2016 8:38:30 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 70 replies
    Ars Technica | March 12, 2016 | by Cyrus Farivar
    If Apple wouldn't comply with a court order, sheriff vows: "I'll lock the rascal up." Link only due to copyright concerns: Florida sheriff pledges to arrest CEO Tim Cook if Apple resists crypto cooperation LINK
  • Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

    03/12/2016 6:36:06 AM PST · by snarkpup · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 11 Mar 2016 at 23:30 | Chris Williams
    Back doors, skeleton keys, just make it happen, nerds SXSW Amid the row between Apple and the FBI over the unlocking of a mass murderer's iPhone, President Barack Obama has told the tech world to suck it up and do what the Feds want. Speaking today at hipster-circle-jerk SXSW in Austin, Texas, the United States' Commander in Chief said phones and computers cannot be unbreakable "black boxes," and that an "absolutist" view on encryption won't fly with the laws and courts of the land.
  • FBI wants to change iPhone’s iOS: Fmr CIA chief

    03/11/2016 11:12:28 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 71 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 11, 2016 | Tom DiChristopher
    The FBI's attempts to force Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists is not just about accessing information about the attack, but changing the architecture of the device's mobile operating system, former CIA director James Woolsey said Friday. "The last time I looked into the language on this with some care, it did seem to me as if the FBI was trying to get a right essentially to effectively decide what kind of an operating system Apple was going to have, and that they were not just trying to get into one phone. They...
  • Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do

    03/10/2016 4:43:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/10/16 | Radley Balko
    <p>What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages. FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security” related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other “selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we don’t have to guess who’s going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally. It’ll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra “special” attention.</p>
  • Apple CEO Clashes With GOP Senator Over Encryption At Secretive Retreat

    03/08/2016 6:13:41 AM PST · by Cyberman · 35 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 3/7/16 | Matt Fuller
    It was supposed to be a chummy weekend with GOP lawmakers and billionaires. Instead, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) got into it with Apple CEO Tim Cook over his company's refusal to help the FBI hack into iPhones. The exchange, which took place at the American Enterprise Institute's World Forum, left a number of attendees "a little uncomfortable about how hostile Cotton was," a source familiar with the back-and-forth told The Huffington Post on Monday....