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Whatsapp confirms end-to-end encryption addition

The Whatsapp messaging service has confirmed that as of Tuesday 6th April, all communications on its platform are encrypted from end to end, meaning that even if it was given a court order, it wouldn’t be able to read its users’ messages or images. Only the sender and receiver will be …

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Google warns of Android root access security flaw

Google has issued a warning to Android users this week after it discovered a bug present in the software that could allow hackers to gain root access to your smartphone through a certain application. The flaw itself isn’t particularly new and was originally discovered two years ago in the Linux …

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Apple receives further court support from Lavabit

Once upon-a-time encrypted email service, Lavabit, has thrown its lot in to support Apple in its ongoing legal dispute with the FBI and American government over weakening iPhone security. Although not called on by the court to do so, it submitted an amicus brief, explaining just why it believes the authorities should …

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Steam making more security changes for trading

Late last year Valve implemented a trade hold system for the Steam marketplace with the aim of providing better security for users and help minimize the amount of trading scams taking place. A three-day hold was placed on all trades between nonlong-term Steam friends to allow potential scam victims to …

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Investigatory Powers Bill re-drafted, more of the same

Yesterday saw the British government publish the latest draft of the Investigatory Powers Bill and though it promised to take into consideration the three committees that have attacked it, addressing their 100+ concerns, it hasn’t. In many cases it has ignored major problems raised by various parliamentary bodies and has …

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Apple protected by Judge in separate phone cracking case

A judge has ruled that the American government is not legally entitled to force Apple to unlock an iPhone in a drug case, currently taking place in New York. Although entirely unrelated to the ongoing FBI demands of Apple with regards to the San Bernardino attacker’s phone, this case is …

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Apple has a fix for iPhones bricked by Error 53

Over the last few months, iPhone users have found their devices bricked by Error 53, which is an error when an iPhone is taken in for a third-party repair and Touch ID is not re-authorized. This month, Apple officially acknowledged the bug and has now offered a fix to those …

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Apple to fight US order to build iPhone encryption backdoor

Earlier this morning, news spread that the FBI has given Apple a court order to help them break the security on the iPhone previously owned by the deceased gunman behind the San Bernardino attacks last year. Now, Apple is formally contesting the order and has said that it will fight the …

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iPhone users hit with ‘Error 53’ Touch ID glitch

It looks like getting your iPhone 6 fixed by a cheaper, unauthorised technician could cause you some future problems as this week, some iPhone users  have had a frustrating time thanks to a mysterious glitch known as ‘Error 53’. This error is down to Touch ID and is triggered by …

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GCHQ shot down encryption standard because it was too good

Amid all the arguments about encryption ongoing in the press and government right now, it’s easy to forget that it’s something that GCHQ and other intelligence agencies have been railing against for some time. I turns out that in 2010, it helped to reject a smartphone encryption standard that would …

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EU demands tighter controls for U.S. data requisitions

Following its ending of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbour data exchange scheme last year, the European Union is demanding tighter controls and protections on how America requests information from EU companies. If those assurances aren’t received soon, it may start taking enforcement actions against various firms. Safe Harbour previously gave U.S. companies the …

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Edward Snowden uses Demolition Man tech to talk at CES

Edward Snowden has made an appearance at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Not, as you might expect, in person, but on a display with its own locomotion, looking rather like the meeting room in Demolition Man. The technology was really important, Snowden said, because it allowed him to talk at …

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Time Warner Cable admits 320,000 accounts may be leaked

The second largest TV and broadband provider in the U.S., Time Warner Cable, has released a statement saying that around a third of a million of its customers may have had their email and passwords copied away by hackers. At this early stage in the investigation however, it was keen …

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Valve finally explains Steam’s Christmas day accident

It has taken a few days but Valve has finally explained exactly what went wrong with Steam on Christmas day, when a caching error allowed users to see someone else’s account while visiting the Steam store. This meant that information like a user’s address, phone number, and email address were …

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John McAfee wants to kill remembering passwords with digital key

Passwords are problematic for many reasons. You know that, I know that, and John McAfee certainly knows it; digital security has been a major part of his presidential campaign after all. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising then that he wants to kill them off: with EveryKey, a BlueTooth connected device that decrypts …

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VPN flaw could allow anyone to view users’ real IPs

In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, obfuscating systems like encryption, the Tor browser and virtual private networks (VPN) have been championed by privacy advocates the world over as the best ways to protect your data online. However, that latter step may not be as useful as initially thought, …

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Another arrest made in connection to TalkTalk hack

Arrests are still being made as the police continue to investigate exactly what went down in the TalkTalk hack, which saw customer details accessed, presumably to then be used as part of a mass phishing scam or sold on to others. The fifth arrest was made this week in connection …

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