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How to Encrypt a USB Flash Drive in macOS Mojave

Sunday December 16, 2018 8:56 am PST by
In macOS Mojave, you can choose to encrypt and decrypt disks on the fly right from the desktop. Using this convenient Finder option, we're going to show you how to encrypt a USB flash drive (or "thumb drive"), which is useful if you're traveling light and want to take sensitive data with you for use on another Mac. Finder uses XTS-AES encryption, the same encryption that FileVault 2 uses to...

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Apple-Opposed 'Investigatory Powers' Surveillance Bill Moves Closer to Legality in UK

Wednesday June 8, 2016 5:40 am PDT by
The United Kingdom's House of Commons this week passed the controversial "Investigatory Powers" bill, which gives spy and government agencies the ability to "engage in bulk surveillance and computer hacking," and has met stern opposition from various technology companies, including Apple. In the House of Commons, the bill passed by a vote of 444 to 69 (via Bloomberg). The original wording of...

Facebook Considering Optional End-to-End Encryption for Messenger

Tuesday May 31, 2016 5:38 pm PDT by
Facebook is planning to introduce an optional end-to-end encryption mode for its Facebook Messenger chat platform, currently used by more than 900 million people, reports The Guardian. Citing sources "close to the project," The Guardian says the encryption will be an opt-in feature because turning it on will impact some of the new machine learning features being built into the Messenger app...

Apple Rehires Security and Encryption Expert Jon Callas Following FBI Dispute

Tuesday May 24, 2016 12:16 pm PDT by
Following its very public encryption battle with the FBI, Apple has rehired software engineer and and security expert Jon Callas, reports Reuters. Callas, who has previously worked at Apple, is known for co-founding encrypted communications services Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corporation. Apple's decision to rehire Callas comes amid rumors the company is working on improving the...

ProtonMail iOS App Integrates Touch ID for Unlocking Encrypted Messages

Wednesday May 4, 2016 12:58 am PDT by
Swiss-made encrypted email app ProtonMail received a significant update yesterday, bringing Touch ID integration and other security enhancements to iOS users. Logging into the app previously required users to remember their login and mailbox password to access their inbox, but as of version 1.2.3 they can turn on the Touch ID feature to unlock encrypted email with their finger on opening the...

WhatsApp Messenger Implements Full End-to-End Encryption

Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:56 am PDT by
WhatsApp has enabled full end-to-end encryption for all users of the mobile instant messenger app. The Facebook-owned service started implementing end-to-end encryption to standard chat messages in 2014, but has now completed rollout to all forms of communication within the app, such as photos, videos and calls. WhatsApp co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton officially announced the rollout ...

FBI Agrees to Help Arkansas Prosecutor Unlock iPhone and iPod in Homicide Case

Wednesday March 30, 2016 7:27 pm PDT by
The FBI has agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod that belong to two teenagers accused of killing a couple, reports the Associated Press. The move comes days after the FBI announced that it had unlocked the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said the FBI agreed to the request from his office and the Conway Police...

iMessage Security Flaw Allows Researchers to Decrypt Images

Monday March 21, 2016 4:00 am PDT by
A flaw in Apple's encryption systems has been found that enables an attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent over its iMessage instant messenger service. According to The Washington Post, the security hole in Apple's code was exploited by a group of Johns Hopkins University researchers, led by computer science professor Matthew D. Green. Green reportedly alerted Apple to the problem last ...

'ProtonMail' Email App for iOS Launches With End-to-End Encryption

Thursday March 17, 2016 6:24 am PDT by
Swiss software developer and civil liberties outfit Proton Technologies saw its encrypted email app ProtonMail hit the App Store today. The iOS app is a front end for the company's popular free worldwide end-to-end encrypted email service, built on the back of over half a million dollars raised in a 2014 crowdfunding campaign. ProtonMail invisibly integrates PGP encryption into a modern...

UK Parliamentary Bill Would Require Backdoors in Electronic Devices

Monday March 14, 2016 6:18 am PDT by
Technology firms operating in the UK will be forced to install backdoors in their products and services for state surveillance purposes under proposed new laws, reports The Sunday Times. The new powers come under the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), referred to by critics as the "Snooper's Charter", which was published by Home Secretary Theresa May on March 1 and is due to get...

Rallies Take Place in Over 50 US Cities to Support Apple in FBI Case

Wednesday February 24, 2016 1:32 am PST by
Privacy campaigners held organized rallies across the US yesterday to protest the FBI's demands that Apple unlock the iPhone at the center of its San Bernardino shooter investigation. Following on from limited protests in California last week, rallies extended from Albuquerque to Washington DC to support Apple's insistence that complying with the bureau's demands risked compromising the...

Justice Department Wants Apple to Extract Data From 12 Other iPhones

Tuesday February 23, 2016 4:53 am PST by
The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing additional court orders that would force Apple to help federal investigators extract data from twelve other encrypted iPhones that may contain crime-related evidence, according to The Wall Street Journal. The revelation comes nearly one week after a U.S. federal judge ordered Apple to assist the FBI with unlocking an iPhone belonging to suspected San...

Bill Gates Says Apple Should Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone for FBI [Updated]

Monday February 22, 2016 8:59 pm PST by
Shortly after Apple was ordered to help the FBI recover data from the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, Apple quickly said they would oppose the order, garnering the support of other major tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft. In a new interview with the Financial Times, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has instead backed the FBI, denying that they are asking for a back door. ...

Apple Says Opposing FBI is 'Absolutely Not' a 'Marketing Strategy'

Monday February 22, 2016 4:35 am PST by
Apple has shared a new Q&A page that explains why the company is opposing a court order to create a unique version of iOS that would bypass security protections and allow the FBI to unlock an iPhone via brute-force attack. Apple says the objection is "absolutely not" based on the company's concern for its "marketing strategy," as the U.S. Department of Justice opined last week, but rather...

FBI Director 'Not Trying to Set Precedent' With iPhone Unlock Demand

Monday February 22, 2016 3:16 am PST by
FBI Director James Comey has written an editorial to respond to concerns that the agency's demands of Apple in the ongoing San Bernardino shooter case undermine privacy rights and threaten future security efforts. "The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message," Comey said in an op-ed piece that appeared on the Lawfare blog late Sunday. "It is...

FBI Insists Apple Cooperate Despite Resetting iCloud Password on Shooter's iPhone

Sunday February 21, 2016 8:52 pm PST by
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it worked with San Bernardino County government officials to reset the iCloud account password on an iPhone belonging to suspected terrorist Syed Farook, according to a press statement obtained by Re/code. Apple told reporters on Friday that the Apple ID password associated with Farook's iPhone was changed "less than 24 hours" after...

Apple Says Apple ID Password on Shooter's iPhone Changed in Government Possession, Losing Access to Data

Friday February 19, 2016 2:51 pm PST by
Shortly after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion demanding Apple comply with an order to help it unlock the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, Apple executives shared key information with several reporters, including BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, about government missteps that may have led to reduced access to the iPhone in question. According to Apple, the Apple ID...

Justice Department Calls Apple's Privacy Case Stance a 'Marketing Strategy'

Friday February 19, 2016 2:05 pm PST by
The United States Justice Department today asked a federal judge to compel Apple to comply with the court's original order that would force the company to help the FBI hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. In the filing, shared by The New York Times, the DOJ calls Apple's refusal to help "a marketing strategy" that "appears to be based on its concern for its business model." ...

Senator Planning Legislation to Punish Companies That Don't Unlock Encrypted Devices

Thursday February 18, 2016 5:06 pm PST by
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is working on legislation that would penalize companies that don't comply with court orders to unlock encrypted devices, according to The Wall Street Journal. The move comes a day after Apple announced that it would oppose an order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c. The bill could reportedly be...

Facebook and Twitter Announce Support for Apple in Backdoor Dispute With FBI

Thursday February 18, 2016 3:51 pm PST by
Both Facebook and Twitter today joined the ranks of a growing number of tech companies announcing support for Apple's decision to oppose a government order that would require it to weaken the security of its iOS devices. The FBI is demanding Apple create a version of iOS that would let it crack the passcode on the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, something Apple has called a...

Campaigners Rally to Support Apple's Stance on Government Backdoors

Thursday February 18, 2016 2:28 am PST by
An internet rights advocacy group has held a rally outside a San Francisco Apple Store to support Apple's fight against government backdoors in its software. The small group of supporters stood outside Apple's downtown retail store on Wednesday and held iPhones that bore stickers reading, "I do not consent to the search of this device," reports The Guardian. The protest was organized by...