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Month: March 2016

No room for compromise in Apple vs FBI iPhone encryption battle

No room for compromise in Apple vs FBI iPhone encryption battle

As Apple’s legal battle with the FBI over encryption heads toward a showdown, there appears little hope for a compromise that would placate both sides and avert a divisive court decision. The FBI is pressing Apple to develop a system that would allow the law enforcement agency to break into a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, a demand the tech company claims would make all its devices vulnerable. In an effort to break the deadlock,…

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Amazon Dropping Fire Encryption Has Nothing to Do With Apple

Amazon Dropping Fire Encryption Has Nothing to Do With Apple

Today, several reports pointed out that Amazon’s Fire OS 5 does not support device encryption, drawing a connection between the company’s encryption retreat and the current Apple-FBI iPhone unlocking fracas. But Amazon’s decision to remove Fire OS 5’s onboard encryption is not a new development, and it’s not related to the iPhone fight. The real question at hand is why Amazon decided to roll back encryption protection for consumers all on its own. Introduced last fall, Amazon’s Fire OS 5…

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U.S.Defense Secretary Ashton Cater Doesn’t Believe in Encryption Backdoors

U.S.Defense Secretary Ashton Cater Doesn’t Believe in Encryption Backdoors

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter came out against supporting encryption back-doors at a conference panel on Wednesday. At the RSA information security conference in San Francisco, Carter told a packed room that he supported strong encryption and thought back-door access to encrypted communication as unrealistic. During his talk on the Apple vs. FBI case, which he shied away from the details because it is a “law enforcement issue,” Carter received scattered applause from the crowd of security professionals after he…

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