EARN IT: The Anti-Encryption Bill That Doesn’t Mention Encryption Nor Backdoors.

The US is planning on introducing a new bill that has a lot of privacy experts worried. Many have called it an “encryption backdoor” bill or an “anti-encryption” bill. On the face of it, though, it’s supposed to be a “fight child porn” bill – the word “encryption” is not mentioned even once. So why […] read more

US Appeals Court: Jail Time To Force Decryption Capped At 18 months.

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has declared that a person who refuses to hand over encrypted data cannot be held in jail for more than 18 months. The ruling sets free a certain Francis Rawls, who has been imprisoned for 4 years because he either wouldn’t or couldn’t decrypt two hard […] read more

Facebook Alerts Possible Data Breach, Unwittingly Interferes With Investigation.

According to morningstar.com, Facebook inadvertently interfered with a terrorist investigation when it recently alerted users that their smartphones had been “hacked by an ‘advanced cyber actor'” via WhatsApp. As it turns out, the hackers were not criminals but part of a governmental “elite surveillance team” that used spyware to track suspects. At least one terrorist […] read more

Thieves Using Bluetooth To Track Laptops and Smartphones To Steal.

As you travel and shop over the holidays, keep in mind that criminals will be working overtime in ways you don’t expect. According to wired.com, incidents where thieves are using Bluetooth scanners are increasing. At least, it’s the only conclusion to be drawn in a number of cases where phones and other electronics were stolen […] read more

Rethinking Encryption: Former Anti Strong-Encryption FBI Guy Changes His Mind.

A couple of weeks ago, Jim Baker published a long article on why the US needs strong encryption. One could call this position surprising, seeing how Baker was part of the FBI’s 2016 efforts to hamstring Apple’s iPhone encryption, a consequence of the San Bernardino terrorist incident. Baker does a good job of showing why […] read more

Canada: Hospital’s Unprotected External Hard Drive Missing.

According to cbc.com and other media outlets, 650 Canadians have been affected by the theft of an external hard drive that contained medical information. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute announced that the HDD “went missing” from an outpatient lab. Its disappearance is linked, most probably, to a theft that occurred on August 5 of this […] read more

Dunkin’ Donuts Sued By NY Because Rewards Program Hacked.

Dunkin’ Donuts – recently rebranded as just Dunkin’ (although they still sell donuts) – has been sued by the state of New York. According to the official complaint, Dunkin’ was hacked as early as 2015 and, instead of doing what was necessary and legal, the company decided to engage in fraud and deception. Last year, […] read more

CEOs of Tech Companies Unironically Ask Congress for Federal Data Privacy Law.

Many media outlets are reporting that the CEOs of fifty-one “tech companies” have urged the US Congress to pass a federal data privacy law. The letter itself, from the Business Roundtable, an association which includes these fifty-one companies and others, notes that: There is now widespread agreement among companies across all sectors of the economy, […] read more

Georgia Supreme Court To Decide Precedent-Setting Data Breach Case.

According to ajc.com, lawyers argued last week, in front of Georgia’s Supreme Court justices, whether the threat of future harm to data breach victims is enough to receive compensation or if actual financial losses are necessary. This is a far cry from years past, when courts used to toss out data breach lawsuits for lack […] read more

Laptop With Medical Info Missing From University of Hong Kong.

According to scmp.com, the University of Hong Kong has lost a laptop computer containing medical information on more than 3,600 people. Apparently, the laptop computer was not secured with full disk encryption software; and yet, 901 patients’ data was cryptographically protected independently. Police are currently investigating the situation. Massive Data Breach This latest episode has […] read more