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Month: December 2015

Microsoft may have your encryption key:here’s how to take it back

Microsoft may have your encryption key:here’s how to take it back

As happens from time to time, somebody hasspotted a feature in Windows 10 that isn’t actually new and has largely denounced it as a great privacy violation. The Intercept has written that if you have bought a Windows PC recently then Microsoft probably has your encryption key. This is a reference to Windows’ device encryption feature. We wrote about this feature when it was new, back when Microsoft introduced it in Windows 8.1 in 2013 (and before that, in Windows…

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Lawmakers push for commission on encryption

Lawmakers push for commission on encryption

Congress should create a national commission to investigate the difficulties encryption has created for law enforcement, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers argued Monday in a Washington Post op-ed. “Congress must be proactive and should officially convene a body of experts representing all of the interests at stake so we can evaluate and improve America’s security posture as technology — and our adversaries — evolve,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). It’s an…

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China Antiterror Law Doesn’t Require Encryption Code Handovers

China Antiterror Law Doesn’t Require Encryption Code Handovers

BEIJING—China passed a new antiterrorism law that stepped back from previous language of concern to global technology firms, but which still raises questions about its scope and the potential impact on companies doing business there. The law, passed Sunday by China’s rubber-stamp parliament, also authorized the armed forces and paramilitary police to take part in counterterrorism operations in foreign countries with the approval of those countries and Beijing’s military leadership. Chinese authorities say the law is intended to help prevent…

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Senate Intel chair: “It’s time” for encryption legislation

Senate Intel chair: “It’s time” for encryption legislation

Congress must enact a law that would require companies to decrypt data upon government request, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) argued Thursday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Criminals in the U.S. have been using this technology for years to cover their tracks,” Burr said. “The time has come for Congress and technology companies to discuss how encryption — encoding messages to protect their content — is enabling murderers, pedophiles, drug dealers and, increasingly, terrorists.” The recent terrorist…

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Best Disk Lock Has Been Updated to Version 2.62

Best Disk Lock Has Been Updated to Version 2.62

The powerful data protection software-Best Disk Lock has been updated to version 2.62. There are many improvements in version 2.62, which are designed to make the program even easier to use. The latest version software not only improved the stability for disk elementary-lock, changed the Lock Log to Lock Record for easily unlocking, but also fixed the BUG that an error message occurred when the disk is opened after being unlocked in Windows XP. Besides, six new features are introduced in…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Mounts Defense of Encryption on “60 Minutes”

Apple CEO Tim Cook Mounts Defense of Encryption on “60 Minutes”

In a “60 Minutes” appearance Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his support of encryption, in the face of renewed criticism from the U.S. intelligence community that these digital locks interfere with the ability to detect threats to national security. Cook used an interview with CBS’s Charlie Rose to lay out his argument for why weakening encryption on consumer devices is a bad idea. “If there’s a way to get in, then somebody will find the way in,” Cook said….

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Paris attack planners used encrypted apps, investigators believe

Paris attack planners used encrypted apps, investigators believe

French counterterrorism investigators believe that the men suspected in last month’s Paris attacks used widely available encryption tools to communicate with each other, officials familiar with the investigation said, raising questions about whether the men used U.S.-made tools to hide the plot from authorities. Investigators have previously said that messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram were found on some of the phones of the men suspected in the November attacks that claimed 130 victims. But they had not previously said that…

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FBI chief James Comey says Calif. killers used encrypted email, but not social media

FBI chief James Comey says Calif. killers used encrypted email, but not social media

The couple who killed 14 people and wounded nearly two dozen others this month in California chatted secretly of jihad long before they married or entered the United States, not on social media as politicians have claimed, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday at a Manhattan law enforcement conference, where he urged the public to remain alert for signs someone close to them is being radicalized online. Comey said those messages between Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were direct,…

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Encrypted Messages Stymied Probe of Garland Shooting — FBI Director

Encrypted Messages Stymied Probe of Garland Shooting — FBI Director

FBI Director James Comey Jr. testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington December 9, 2015. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said after the Paris attacks that the status quo was “unacceptable”. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was focused intently on the threat of homegrown violent extremism, “the radicalization in place” of people who become inspired, influenced and/or directed by a terrorist group or extremists. Though he said the Obama administration was not seeking to…

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FBI Director: Silicon Valley’s encryption is a “business model problem”

FBI Director: Silicon Valley’s encryption is a “business model problem”

Leaders in both major political parties have increasingly been calling on tech companies to give law enforcement encryption backdoors in the wake of recent terror attacks in Paris and California. Today, FBI director James Comey has suggested that Silicon Valley isn’t faced with a serious technical problem, but rather a “business model problem,” according to a report on his comments in The Intercept, based on C-SPAN video of the hearing. On the face of it, Comey’s statement would seem to…

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