China Subjects Tech Imports to Heavy Security Scrutiny


China reportedly is investigating the encryption and data storage features of technology products sold there by large foreign companies to determine whether the products pose a security threat. A committee associated with the Cyberspace Administration of China reportedly is conducting reviews that include interviews of company executives and other employees. Other countries, including the U.S. and the UK, do review some tech products, but they tend to focus on those to be used by the military or government departments involved with security.

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WhatsApp encryption is affecting FBI's work in 'huge ways'

WhatsApp’s decision to turn on encryption for its billion-plus users is certainly giving the FBI headaches. FBI Director James Comey says we can expect to see more litigation surrounding encrypted devices in the future.

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WhatsApp extends encryption to photos, video, other messages

WhatsApp says it’s now using a powerful form of encryption to protect the security of photos, videos, group chats and voice calls in addition to the text messages sent by its more than a billion users around the globe.

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This week on AI: DOJ drops court order, Apple ships iPhone SE & 9.7" iPad Pro, iOS 9.3.1 fixes critical Web link bug

Article Image Apple’s confrontation with the U.S. government over encryption took a major twist, thanks to the Justice Department officially withdrawing its court order. Later in the week, Apple shipped the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and fixed a critical bug via iOS 9.3.1.

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Feds Crack iPhone, Warn Apple to Keep One Eye Open


After a bitter legal battle over encryption and privacy rights, the Department of Justice on Monday announced it would back out of its case against Apple because the FBI was able to crack the code of the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters. The department had asked a federal magistrate judge in California to force Apple to help the FBI crack open the encrypted smartphone by writing new code that would allow it to gather additional evidence in the December terrorist attack that left 14 dead and dozens wounded.

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DOJ seeks to delay Apple encryption hearing, says it may be able to unlock iPhone after all [u]

Article Image In a last minute motion filed in the ongoing San Bernardino iPhone encryption case, the DOJ on Monday asked a federal court to vacate a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, saying an outside party has come forward with a potential unlock method that would negate the need for Apple’s assistance.

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Researchers, Apple collaborate to fix iMessage security hole with today's release of iOS 9.3

Article Image A bug has been discovered in Apple’s iMessage encryption by security researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who have collaborated with the company to help patch the issue in the upcoming iOS 9.3 software update, set to be released to the public today.

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Apple hires away Amazon exec to head up corporate digital security, report says

Article Image Days before Apple is set to meet U.S. prosecutors in court over a contentious encryption fight involving an iPhone linked to last year’s San Bernardino terror attack, a report on Friday claims the company has poached Amazon’s vice president of information security George Stathakopoulos.

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Obama's 'tone deaf' comments on encryption draw criticism at SXSW

Article Image President Barack Obama’s recent comments on encryption and national security have drawn criticism from the highly connected audience of the South by Southwest festival, including one particularly prominent voice –?Congressman Darrell Issa.

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President Obama urges prudence from both sides of encryption debate, warns against 'absolutist' position

Article Image Speaking on the encryption debate at SXSW Interactive in Austin on Friday, President Barack Obama carefully navigated the waters between government overreach and civil liberties, saying that while both sides need to make concessions, encryption advocates should avoid taking an absolutist stance on the issue.

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Government says Apple arguments in encryption case a 'diversion,' presents point-by-point rebuttal

Article Image As the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate heats up in California, the U.S. government on Thursday fired back at Apple’s oppositions to a court order compelling its assistance in an FBI investigation, and in a new motion discounted a number of arguments related to supposed backdoors, “master keys,” the All Writs Act and more.

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How to securely back up your iPhone or iPad with encryption via iTunes

Article Image In light of Apple’s encryption fight, it’s been noted the company can decrypt some data from an iCloud backup. Knowing this, security-conscious users may opt instead for locally-stored encrypted backups of their iPhone and iPad — a simple process through iTunes on both Mac and PC.

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Amazon’s latest Fire OS removes encryption, is rolling out at the worst possible time

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Amazon has dropped encryption support from its latest tablet OS, but the timing makes it look more suspicious than it probably is.

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Law enforcement groups, San Bernardino victims file in support of government in Apple vs FBI row

Article Image Following friend of the court filings in support of Apple’s stance on encryption, law enforcement groups and the families of six San Bernardino victims issued countering arguments on Thursday backing the government.

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US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks out for strong encryption

Article Image The Pentagon wholeheartedly supports strong encryption and opposes efforts to add back doors to secure software, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a cybersecurity conference on Thursday.

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Apple participated in search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Article Image As part of testimony related to the ongoing San Bernardino iPhone encryption debate, Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell on Tuesday told members of the House Judiciary Committee that the company offered technical assistance to investigators searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after the plane was declared missing in 2014.

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Federal judge rules Apple cannot be forced to aid in NY iPhone unlocking, cites 'unreasonable burden'

Article Image Apple was handed a crucial win in its fight for encryption on Monday, as a New York federal judge denied a government All Writs Act-based motion to compel Apple’s assistance in bypassing the encryption safeguards of an iPhone linked to a years-old drug case.

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