Blackberry backdoor in the hands of the RCMP since 2010

John Chen Blackberry CEO

John Chen Blackberry CEO

In recently revealed court documents during a criminal trial in Canada, the encryption key for Blackberry users worldwide was shown to be in the hands of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and furthermore, millions of private encrypted communications between what was falsely believes to be secure Blackberry devices was shown to be intercepted and read by the RCMP. The master encryption key that allows all Blackberry communications to be read with trivial effort has been in the hands of the RCMP and all the time users were never notified that there was any monitoring or interception going on. In fact, Blackberry (RIM) sold millions of units based on privacy and security that did not actually exist. Continue reading Blackberry backdoor in the hands of the RCMP since 2010

FBI admits San Bernardino phone had nothing on it

FBI

FBI

In a evaluation that is not startling in any way The FBI has stated that no evidence of any crime has been found on the San Bernardino shooter’s phone. This is what I expected and predicted all along, after all what are the odds that someone would go through the trouble to turn off backup something that is not obvious nor trivial and then leave anything incriminating on their phone? The odds are pretty much zero. You don’t do one without doing the other so without ever seeing that phone I would have advised the FBI to not make a federal case out of it (keep in mind that it was the FBI’s fault that caused Apple to have to testify before Congress). Continue reading FBI admits San Bernardino phone had nothing on it

FBI loses, Apple wins! Justice Department about to retract demand against Apple

NSA by EFF

NSA by EFF

As I expected, the Justice Department has leaked that it will be dropping the demand against Apple to engineer a backdoor solution into all iPhones, per a leak from an anonymous Justice Department employee. Continue reading FBI loses, Apple wins! Justice Department about to retract demand against Apple

Apple fires back a stealthy blow at the FBI: private encryption keys for iCloud

Tim Cook, Apple

Tim Cook, Apple

Apple has announced that its kicking up the security of iCloud accounts up one more notch, which is not a surprise in the wake of the constitutionally illegal attack that the FBI launched on Apple recently, alleged;y to gain access to a dead suspect’s phone. This improvement would make it impossible for Apple to respond to any government warrant for iCloud data ever again. Continue reading Apple fires back a stealthy blow at the FBI: private encryption keys for iCloud

FBI blinks, backs off of Apple, Snowden disses backdoor demands

Snowden, Chomsky, Greenwald

Snowden, Chomsky, Greenwald

The Peninsula Peace & Justice Center has just hosted a video featuring a privacy discussion amongst the renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald from this past Friday at the panel discussion at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. Continue reading FBI blinks, backs off of Apple, Snowden disses backdoor demands

Secure your iPhone (iPad) correctly

iPhone 5

iPhone

The media is abuzz, offering tips for securing your iPhone by using a Complex Passcode, instead of relying on a 4 digit PIN (i.e. a Simple Passcode) for better protection, in the wake of the FBI vs Apple brouhaha. This does make s sense but it completely overlooks two important facts: the first being that that you need to change to a very complex passcode to made any significant difference and the second, much more important point is that there us a much better, more powerful way to upgrade your security and its ridiculously easy to do. better still, the FBI vs Apple battle proves thats its so power that even the FBI cannot defeat it. Continue reading Secure your iPhone (iPad) correctly

KeRanger ransomware attempts attack against OS X, Apple defends with XProtect

Malware

Malware

It has been confirmed today that the very first fully functional ransomware targeting OS X users has been released into the wild. First detected by users downloading the Transmission app from its official download site, it appears that the official site was compromised but since its an open source project, there is no official person to get information or confirmation from. fortunately, regardless of the attack vector, some users have already reported that Apple has already come to the rescue Continue reading KeRanger ransomware attempts attack against OS X, Apple defends with XProtect

32 Law Professors plus numerous Corporations file Amicus briefs in support of Apple

Tim Cook -Apple CEO

Tim Cook -Apple CEO

The flood gates have opened and the tsunami of support is just now starting to arrive on the court’s shore. 32 Law Professors plus numerous Corporations filed Amicus briefs in support of Apple today. Included in this avalanche of support is Microsoft and Google (its about time that you two stepped up) but sadly, the third big player in the mobile space, Samsung, has not provided any support at all. Its not surprising but Continue reading 32 Law Professors plus numerous Corporations file Amicus briefs in support of Apple

Expired Apple certificate deactivates old OS X Installers

Apple

Apple

Apple’s digital certificate for applications expired on 14 February 2016. This caused a minor glitch with apps that have not been updated lately and briefly make a few news headlines but turned out to be a very minor event. Any user that had an old app that had not been updated in ages simply had to re-download that app and all was well. Yes that was a minor rain for one or two apps for a few users but its the price we pay to have security in our systems. Its a rare small price to pay. Today its been noted that there is another impact but only in a very rare circumstance and only for a very small group of users. I’m one of those users. Continue reading Expired Apple certificate deactivates old OS X Installers

US Secretary Of Defense supports encryption and disses backdoors

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the RSA Cuberseurity conference today came out in support of Apple’s predicament with the FBI by proclaiming his support for encryption and his dislike for encryption. He did not give direct words of support for Apple because he oversees a different agency and presumably doesn’t want any inter-agency conflict but its completely obvious that he threw his support behind Apple. Continue reading US Secretary Of Defense supports encryption and disses backdoors

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