Australia Hopes to Strong-Arm Tech Companies Into Giving Up That Precious Encrypted Data

Last year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the subject of ridicule when he insisted his country’s laws would “prevail” in a war with mathematics to ensure law enforcement’s access to encrypted data. Now we know what the anti-encryption law says, and legislators have apparently changed tactics but…

Adidas Says 'Unauthorized Party' Maybe Got Millions of Logins, Reminds Us to Never, Ever Reuse Passwords

On Thursday, Adidas revealed a “potential data security incident” that possibly left the contact and login info of millions of Adidas customers in the hands of an “unauthorized party.” As many as “a few million” customers who used the Adidas US website may have been affected by a breach, the Wall Street Journal…

iPhone Hackers May Already Have a Workaround for Cops to Crack Apple's Newest Security Feature

Apple and the law enforcement community have been stuck in a back-and-forth over encryption for the last few years, and it’s heated up considerably this month since Apple announced a feature that would thwart a popular iPhone cracking method used by police. Now, the companies that work with law enforcement have…

Cops Are Predictably Pissed About Apple's Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to prevent anyone who wants to gain access to a encrypted iOS device via techniques like Cellebrite’s GrayKey phone-hacking box by introducing an option to lock USB data access an hour after it’s locked, essentially turning iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed black boxes.…

I'll Believe Apple Is Killing Cops' Anti-Encryption Tools When They Actually Do It

Among the blizzard of news bits from Apple’s WWDC, a much-anticipated feature has returned to the beta for iOS 12: a mode for keeping the FBI and other snoopers out of your phone. The feature has come and gone in the past, but it’s looking more real and better than ever this time around. Still, I’ll believe it when…

Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Stopped Blocking Updates Amid Struggle With Russian Authorities

Apple has apparently relented and let encrypted text and voice service Telegram proceed with an update to make its app compliant with Europe’s new GDPR privacy protections, just days after CEO Pavel Durov alleged Apple was preventing Telegram from releasing updates worldwide at the behest of Russian censors.