Tag Archives: Encryption

US Police Say Criminals Like Apple’s iPhone Because of Encryption

Some criminals have switched to new iPhones as their “device of choice” to commit wrongdoing due to strong encryption Apple Inc has placed on their products, three law enforcement groups said in a court filing. The groups told a judge overseeing Apple’s battle with the US Department of Justice on Thursday that, among other things, they were aware of “numerous ... Read More »

WhatsApp for Android Now Shows End-to-End Encryption Notification, and More

WhatsApp is indeed working on giving its user base peace of mind. The latest build of WhatsApp for Android v2.12.500 comes with a number of features including showing users whether their messages are end-to-end encrypted, and it is also finally collapsing long messages. Some users are reporting that the above changes are only visible on v2.12.498, which can be downloaded ... Read More »

US Defense Secretary Says Favours Strong Encryption, Not ‘Back Doors’

Declaring that strong encryption is essential to the nation’s security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a tech industry audience Wednesday that he’s “not a believer in back doors,” or encryption programs that leave openings for outsiders to read coded files. Carter said he wasn’t commenting on the FBI’s legal battle with Apple over an encrypted iPhone used by one of ... Read More »

Apple, FBI Clash in US Congress Over iPhone Encryption

The battle between the FBI and Apple over encryption moved to Congress on Tuesday, with both sides arguing security is at risk in the legal wrangling over accessing a locked iPhone. FBI chief James Comey defended his agency’s efforts to force Apple to help unlocking a iPhone in the San Bernardino attacks probe, saying that law enforcement’s job may be ... Read More »

Apple Ready for Encryption ‘Conversation’, Says Company Lawyer

Apple wants a “conversation” to help settle a standoff with US law enforcement over accessing an encrypted iPhone, according to testimony prepared for a congressional hearing. In a statement prepared for the Tuesday hearing, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell said the public should understand that “encryption is a good thing, a necessary thing” even if it makes the work of ... Read More »

Paris Attacks Linked to Encryption: NSA Chief

Last year’s deadly attacks in Paris “would not have happened” without the use of encrypted communications to enable the perpetrators to avoid detection, the NSA chief said in an interview. National Security Agency director Michael Rogers was quoted in a Yahoo News report Wednesday as confirming speculation about the use of encryption in the November massacre on the streets of ... Read More »

Google CEO Backs Apple Again in Encryption Battle With FBI

Google chief Sundar Pichai on Wednesday expressed his support for Apple in its standoff with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone as part of a terror probe, warning that creating so-called “backdoors” into encrypted communications could have “bad consequences”. “We want to take a very strong stance against any form of backdoor whatsoever,” chief executive Pichai said during a conference ... Read More »

Apple Sees Solid Support in iPhone Encryption Fight: Poll

Nearly half of Americans support Apple Inc’s decision to oppose a federal court order demanding that it unlock a smartphone used by San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook, according to a national online Reuters/Ipsos poll. Forty-six percent of respondents said they agreed with Apple’s position, 35 percent said they disagreed and 20 percent said they did not know, according to poll ... Read More »

Prosecutors Help Organise Victims’ Brigade in Apple Encryption Battle

Prosecutors took unusual steps in enlisting victims of the San Bernardino attack in the government’s heated battle with Apple Inc over access to an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters, according to people involved in the effort and legal experts. Family members of at least two victims will join a legal brief to be filed next week urging Apple ... Read More »

Prosecutors Help Organise Victims’ Brigade in Apple Encryption Battle

Prosecutors took unusual steps in enlisting victims of the San Bernardino attack in the government’s heated battle with Apple Inc over access to an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters, according to people involved in the effort and legal experts. Family members of at least two victims will join a legal brief to be filed next week urging Apple ... Read More »