The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’
Apr09

The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’

AS APPLE BATTLED the FBI for the last two months over the agency’s demands that Apple help crack its own encryption, both the tech community and law enforcement hoped that Congress would weigh in with some sort of compromise solution. Now Congress has spoken on crypto, and privacy advocates say its “solution” is the most extreme stance on encryption yet. On Thursday evening, the draft text of a bill called the “Compliance with Court...

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FBI quietly changes its privacy rules for accessing NSA data on Americans
Mar19

FBI quietly changes its privacy rules for accessing NSA data on Americans

The FBI has quietly revised its privacy rules for searching data involving Americans’ international communications that was collected by the National Security Agency, US officials have confirmed to the Guardian. The classified revisions were accepted by the secret US court that governs surveillance, during its annual recertification of the agencies’ broad surveillance powers. The new rules affect a set of powers colloquially known as...

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Congress Moves To Block States From Weakening Encryption Products
Feb20

Congress Moves To Block States From Weakening Encryption Products

As politicians in New York and California take aim at the kind of strong encryption built into Apple and Samsung mobile devices, lawmakers in Washington believe it should remain a federal issue, to be discussed and settled by Congress. Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, intends to unveil new legislation Wednesday that would block states from imposing rules altering or weakening encryption products sold to consumers. Read...

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Here’s How Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan Could Affect You
Feb20

Here’s How Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan Could Affect You

Today the White House dropped a massive Cybersecurity National Action Plan that aims to upgrade online security and privacy for the government, corporations, and regular citizens. The plan includes an executive order to create a Federal Privacy Council, a job description for the new title of Chief Information Security Officer, and requests $19 billion in extra funding. The president’s plan pulls tech companies into the federal...

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Ransomware Seeping — Turn off JavaScript — NYPD Secret X-Ray Vans
Nov30

Ransomware Seeping — Turn off JavaScript — NYPD Secret X-Ray Vans

How to avoid the curse of ransomware — don’t pay to unlock your computer [I’ve had local clients hit by this twice. Craig.] Criminals don’t need to kidnap humans to extort money out of individuals or organizations. They’ve found something that’s possibly just as valuable and can be much easier to obtain: your computer files. This malicious software has adapted seamlessly with technological advances and now spreads...

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