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  • Firefox turns controversial new encryption on by default in the US

    02/27/2020 2:16:36 PM PST · by ransomnote · 14 replies
    theverge.com ^ | Feb 25, 2020 | Jon Porter
    Starting today, Mozilla will turn on by default DNS over HTTPS (DoH) for Firefox users in the US, the company has announced. DoH is a new standard that encrypts a part of your internet traffic that’s typically sent over an unencrypted plain text connection, and which could allow others to see what websites you’re visiting, even when your communication with the website itself is encrypted using HTTPS. Mozilla says it is the first browser to support the new standard by default, and will be rolling it out gradually over the coming weeks in order to address any unforeseen issues.Whenever you...
  • Assange tried to call White House, Hillary Clinton over data dump, his lawyer says

    02/25/2020 8:40:55 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02 25 2020 | Michael Holden
    Julian Assange tried to contact Hillary Clinton and the White House when he realized that unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables given to WikiLeaks were about to be dumped on the internet, his lawyer told his London extradition hearing on Tuesday. Assange is being sought by the United States on 18 counts of hacking U.S. government computers and an espionage offense, having allegedly conspired with Chelsea Manning, then a U.S. soldier known as Bradley Manning, to leak hundreds of thousands of secret documents by WikiLeaks almost a decade ago. On Monday, the lawyer representing the United States told the hearing that Assange,...
  • WikiLeaks-Inspired Developer Behind Game-Changing “SecureDrop” Found Dead

    01/09/2018 5:58:10 PM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 21 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-9-18 | Joshua Caplan
    The developer behind the game-changing, WikiLeaks inspired submission system “SecureDrop,” has allegedly committed suicide. “Second developer of WikiLeaks inspired submission system “SecureDrop”, security expert James Dolan, aged 36, has tragically died. He is said to have committed suicide. The first, Aaron Swartz, is said to have taken his own life at age 26, after being persecuted by US prosecutors,” tweeted WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account.
  • Feds: Harvard fellow hacked millions of papers

    07/19/2011 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:33 PM EDT | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University fellow who was studying ethics was charged with hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computer network to steal nearly 5 million academic articles. Aaron Swartz, 24, of Cambridge, was accused of stealing the documents from JSTOR, a popular research subscription service that offers digitized copies of more than 1,000 academic journals and documents, some dating back to the 17th century. In an indictment released Tuesday, prosecutors say Swartz stole 4.8 million articles between September 2010 and January after breaking into a computer wiring closet on MIT's campus. Swartz, then a student at the...
  • The intelligence coup of the century

    02/11/2020 11:37:48 AM PST · by posterchild · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Greg Miller
    or more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software. The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran,...
  • Encryption battle reignited as US govt at loggerheads with Apple

    01/16/2020 5:02:28 AM PST · by DTAD · 31 replies
    Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in four years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices. Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday that Apple failed to provide "substantive assistance" in unlocking two iPhones in the investigation into the December shooting deaths of three US sailors at a Florida naval station, which he called an "act of terrorism."
  • Report : The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GreyKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case.

    01/15/2020 6:13:33 PM PST · by House Atreides · 36 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | January 15, 2020 | Chance Miller
    As Apple stands firm against requests to break iPhone encryption, many people have questioned why the FBI needs Apple’s help in the first place. There are plenty of tools available from third-party companies that are more than capable of unlocking the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 used by the Pensacola gunman. Further emphasizing that point, a new report from Forbes says that the FBI recently used one of those black/gray market tools to unlock the newest — and theoretically the most secure — iPhone that Apple sells. According to the report, FBI investigators in Ohio used the GrayKey hardware box...
  • Donald Trump Calls on Apple to 'Step Up to the Plate' and Unlock iPhones Used by Florida Mass Shooter

    01/14/2020 8:46:59 PM PST · by House Atreides · 43 replies
    MacRumors ^ | 1/14/1920 | Forum
    Apple previously said that it had provided all of the information in its possession (such as iCloud backups) to the FBI earlier in the month after the FBI asked for assistance obtaining the shooter's data. Law enforcement officials are not satisfied with the iCloud data, however, and want Apple to provide a way to unlock the shooter's iPhones, which is not possible without a backdoor into the software. After Barr's request, Apple issued another statement and provided further detail on the data that has been provided, as well as once again stating that there is "no such thing as a...
  • Barr Asks Apple to Unlock Pensacola Killer’s Phones, Setting Up Clash

    01/13/2020 7:23:50 PM PST · by Theoria · 182 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Jan 2020 | Katie Benner
    Attorney General William P. Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, and he asked Apple in an unusually high-profile request to provide access to two phones used by the gunman.Mr. Barr’s appeal was an escalation of a continuing fight between the Justice Department and Apple pitting personal privacy against public safety. “This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that the public be able to get access to digital evidence,” Mr. Barr said, calling on technology companies to find a solution and complaining that...
  • Opinion: Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill a firing offense

    04/23/2016 11:13:34 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 19, 2016 | Sascha Meinrath
    The Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill isn't just bad, it's evidence of a dangerous incompetence in congressional leadership that is undermining America’s security. In fact, the draft bill, leaked two weeks ago and now officially released, is compelling evidence that Senate leadership should strip – or at least not reappoint – Senators Burr and Feinstein of their positions on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Amongst its many provisions, the draft bill mandates that tech companies make all of our online data "intelligible" when presented with a court order. The bill defines intelligible as "decrypted, deciphered, decoded, demodulated, or deobfuscated" to "the...
  • Here’s how AG Barr is going to get encryption 'backdoors'

    08/06/2019 6:33:47 PM PDT · by softengine · 55 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 31, 2019 | Violet Blue
    If you heard the reverberation of a few thousand heads exploding last week, it was the sound of information security professionals reacting to US Attorney General Barr saying that Big Tech "can and must" put backdoors into encryption. In his speech for a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University, Barr warned tech companies that time was running out for them to develop ways for the government to break encryption. FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed with him. At this week's big meeting of the "Five Eyes" countries, Barr was in attendance. His demands that internet companies break safe security standards of encryption...
  • BREAKING: Cumming man threatened to attack White House, authorities say

    01/16/2019 4:18:29 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 70 replies
    AJC ^ | 1/16/19
    Federal authorities on Wednesday announced a terrorist case against a metro Atlanta resident accused of plotting to destroy the White House and other Washington D.C. government buildings. Hasher Jallal Taheb, of Cumming, was arrested in Gwinnett County and appeared briefly in court in downtown Atlanta in the case brought the FBI.
  • Australia Bans Encryption!

    01/14/2019 9:53:50 AM PST · by rarestia · 55 replies
    Medium ^ | Dec 8, 2018 | Shyla Kahn
    In a move supported by both major political parties in Australia, a bill named the “Telecommunications Assistance and Access Bill 2018,” has passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the upper House for a vote. Given its bi-partisan support and the position of PM Michael Turnbull regarding encryption, passage into law seems certain. A Hacker News article provides additional details about the bill and its ramifications, not only for tech companies like Apple, Samsung, WhatsApp, Signal and others but also for individuals. The intended purpose of the legislation is to give the Australian government and security and law...
  • U.S. Treasury official charged with leaks linked to Russia probe

    10/17/2018 10:19:02 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/17/2018 | Brendan Pierson
    A U.S. Treasury Department official has been criminally charged with leaking confidential documents relating to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the Russian embassy and others, to a reporter from digital media company BuzzFeed, Manhattan federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday. Natalie May Edwards, a senior adviser in the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was arrested on Tuesday and charged with unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. She was expected to make an initial appearance in Virginia federal court later in the day.
  • FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

    05/23/2018 11:52:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 22 at 7:11 PM | Devlin Barrett
    The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned. Over a period of seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited the inflated figure as the most compelling evidence for the need to address what the FBI calls “Going Dark” — the spread of encrypted software that can block investigators’ access to digital data even with...
  • Is A Former Feinstein Staffer Running Fusion GPS’s Post-Election Steele Dossier Operation?

    02/20/2018 2:15:27 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | Sean Davis
    New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials
  • NSA Mole Took Codes Targeting US Cyber Enemies (Harold Thomas Martin)

    10/07/2016 4:35:38 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | October 7, 2016, ast
    Harold Thomas Martin, a 51-year-old US National Security Agency contractor from Maryland, may be remembered as the second Edward Snowden, although there are many differences between the two cases. Martin, a former US Navy officer with top secret national security clearance, was arrested on Aug. 27 by the FBI and charged with the unauthorized removal and retention for many years of highly-sensitive classified documents. The purloined materials found in raids of his home and his car, which were described by as capable of causing “exceptionally grave damage” to US national security. Like Snowden, Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, which...
  • Why was Senator Mark Warner using Signal and Disappearing Messages if he had Nothing to Hide?

    02/09/2018 1:44:19 PM PST · by bitt · 59 replies
    medium.com ^ | 2/9/2018 | Mark Cernovich
    Mark Warner was texting a Russian oligarch using an encrypted app, Signal, and his messages were set to automatically delete. FoxNews broke a huge story about Senator Mark Warner, which has been discussed elsewhere. What I haven’t seen anyone else cover is the fact that the “text messages” were not ordinary messages. Warner was communicating via Signal, an encrypted app. Moreover, Warner had his messages set to disappear. (The hour glass icon in the text exchange.)
  • FBI Baffled by Encryption (FBI DIRECTOR Wray wants back diirs on devices)

    01/14/2018 8:51:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 65 replies
    The Still Report - Youtube ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Bill Still
    Good evening, I’m still reporting on: FBI Baffled by Encryption, 1978 Synopsis: New FBI Director Christopher Wray, speaking on Tuesday at a cyber-security conference in New York, said that powerful encryption tools now becoming widely available are frustrating his agency. Surprise, surprise; last year, the FBI was unable to access data from 7800 devices – that’s over 50% - despite having legal authority to do so – i.e. a legitimate warrant from a real judge. Wray warned the audience of cyber-security experts from around the world: “This is an urgent public safety issue. [The solution] is not so clear cut.”...
  • Cause of Action Targets CFPB, EPA Feds Using Encryption to Hide Public Docs

    12/09/2017 5:14:50 PM PST · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Lifezette ^ | December 9, 20217 | Brendan Kirby
    Agents of the federal government have been sending coded messages to one another, but they aren’t deep-cover spies evading the Russian spooks or transmitting North Korean launch codes. They are run-of-the-mill bureaucrats who appear to be using digital technology to evade the American people and their representatives in Congress and the White House. “There’s no elected control if the bureaucrats can have conversations that are not reviewable by elected officials,” said John Vecchione, president and CEO of the Cause of Action Institute (COA). “They can’t control the bureaucracy.” Vecchione’s group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request earlier this...