FBI Unable to Access 7000 Encrypted Devices in 2017.

At the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, held in Philadelphia last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray noted that the FBI has nearly 7,000 encrypted devices it cannot access. Per the phillyvoice.com: In the first 11 months of the fiscal year [2017], federal agents were unable to access the content of […] read more

EU Proposes End-to-End Encryption and Other Security Measures.

Last week, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs released a draft proposal that would require the use of end-to-end encryption. It would also strike legal attempts to force backdoors in encryption software or weaken the security of services given by communications providers. Amendment 36 Service providers who offer electronic communications […] read more

iPhone Encryption: FL Appeals Judge Says “OK” to Compel Password.

A new iPhone encryption case is making the headlines. Unlike many of the controversial ones to date, I think it can safely be said that in this case, the courts were right in compelling the suspect to unlock his smartphone.   Up-Skirt Videos A voyeur – we’ll call him John Doe, although his name was […] read more

Russia Most Likely To Require Encryption Backdoors.

Russia’s lower legislative house, the Duma, recently passed a bill that requires messaging apps to provide a backdoor to the country’s secret service. The aim, of course, is to ultimately find a way around encryption.   Anti-Terrorism Laws According to multiple news sources, the bill was sponsored by a Senator who said she is deeply […] read more

Time Limits on Smartphones’ Biometric Access: What Is That All About?.

A lot of ink has been spilled over the past couple of weeks on Apple’s Touch ID. First, it was noted that a Los Angeles court ordered a woman to unlock an iPhone by providing her fingerprint. Soon after, it was revealed that Apple appeared to have changed Touch ID’s settings so that it would […] read more

FBI Wants iPhone Unlocked in Second Case.

According to the Boston Herald, the FBI is asking for an encrypted iPhone to be unlocked in a Boston case. That’s Boston, Massachusetts, literally a city on the other side of the country, possibly as far as one could get from San Bernardino within the contiguous 48 states. If you’ve been living under a rock […] read more

Apple Security Could Be About Marketing But It’s Also About Security.

I’ve been contemplating on the FBI’s accusations that Apple is using encryption and security as a marketing ploy to sell more phones. So what if it is? It doesn’t mean that Apple’s arguments regarding security are any less true just because they’re using it to push phones. Remember when Blackberry was the device to have […] read more

Smartphone Security: Phone Theft Drops In Cities As Kill Switches Take Hold.

Reuters is reporting the unsurprising news that London, New York City, and San Francisco are seeing dramatic drops in smartphone thefts after the implementation of kill switches on devices became mandatory.  The ability to encrypt the contents of these devices has existed for years (via smartphone encryption that came either turned on by default or […] read more