Australia Looking To Compel Electronic Message Decryption.

Last week, Reuters and other sources reported that the Australian government has proposed laws that would compel companies to provide access to encrypted information. Obviously, asking for such data is conditional upon taking all the proper legal steps.   A Growing Demand Governments the world over have been clamoring for access to encrypted data for […] read more

UK ICO to SMEs: Data Protection Laws Apply to You.

The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has slapped Boomerang Video Ltd. (BV), a company that rents out video games, with a £60,000 fine. The monetary penalty is the result of a 2014 data breach in which personal details of 26,000 people were stolen. The fine deserves another look because BV’s data breach was the […] 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

Michaud Case In Playpen Hack Gets Dropped By Feds.

One of the most controversial US legal actions in the past couple of years, arguably, is the FBI’s approach in arresting hundreds of child pornographers who were frequenting a site in the Dark Web. Because surfing the nether regions of the internet requires the use of a special, secure browser called Tor, the FBI exploited […] read more

TrueCrypt Users Being Infected With Malware “StrongPity”.

It’s not often than abandoned software makes news, but never say never. Apparently, certain hackers are distributing installers for TrueCrypt and WinRAR – respectively, a discontinued encryption program and a file compression tool – that have been infected with malware called “StrongPity”. The problem for people who are affected by the malware is that the […] read more

Sharing Passwords is Hacking, Which is a Federal Crime.

The controversies regarding cyberspace just keep burning brightly. In the past couple of weeks, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the unauthorized sharing and use of passwords can be deemed as hacking, and thus can be a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). As noted by motherboard.vice.com and others, this […] read more

IRS Hacked, 101K PINs For Electronic Tax Filing Stolen (aka, What’s New?).

According to csoonline.com, the IRS had to block unknown persons or person who was downloading a massive trove of PINs used for electronic tax filing: The attack occurred in January and targeted an IRS Web application that taxpayers use to obtain their so-called Electronic Filing (E-file) PINs. The app requires taxpayer information such as name, […] read more

License Plate Scanners, Prostitution, and Big Data: Big Mistake.

You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. These words or their variation are uttered a lot by people who try to justify some very questionable actions. For example: In a statement issued by her office Wednesday, [LA City Council Member Nury] Martinez said, “If you aren’t soliciting, you have no reason […] read more

What If Encryption Backdoors Backfire?.

In light of the recent Paris terrorist attacks, and the suspicion that encryption may have played a pivotal role in them, calls for backdoors to encryption are slowly resurfacing in the media. The suspicion that the terrorists used encrypted communications of some sort is strongly beginning to look like conjecture and nothing more. It’s not […] read more