PINDROP BLOG

Category: Device Security

April 22, 2016
Dutch Police Shut Down Encrypted Mobile Phone Network
Dutch police have seized servers and other equipment operated by Ennetcom, a communications provider in the Netherlands that operates an encrypted mobile phone service. The Dutch National Police Corps allege that the company was providing encrypted communications for criminal groups. The police said they have copied the contents of several servers belonging to the company, both in the…
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April 21, 2016
New Tool Detects Ransomware on OS X
Ransomware has become a serious threat for both businesses and consumers, and security researchers have had a difficult time addressing it, both in detection and cleanup. But now one researcher has developed a tool that he believes can work as a generic detection mechanism for ransomware on OS X systems. Known as RansomWhere?, the tool provides…
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April 21, 2016
Lieu Pushes for Congress to Look at SS7 Security Flaw
Rep. Ted Lieu, who has been one of the loudest voices in Congress on security and privacy issues, is urging the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to look into the vulnerabilities in the SS7 phone protocol that allowed researchers to track and compromise Lieu’s phone in a demonstration this week. The letter comes…
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April 20, 2016
Tech Coalitions Urge Reconsideration of Burr-Feinstein Bill
Several large groups of technology vendors and communications companies have written a letter urging Sens. Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr to reconsider the anti-encryption bill they have drafted, saying it would lead to “unintended, negative consequences for the safety of our networks and our customers.” The letter was signed by members of Reform Government Surveillance,…
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April 19, 2016
Google Report Shows 30% of Android Devices Don’t Get Regular Patches
A series of new security and privacy features added to Android in the last year have reduced the number of potentially harmful apps installed from Google Play by 40 percent, Google said in a new report on Android security. The company released its second annual Android Security Report on Tuesday, and there is a multitude…
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April 19, 2016
BlackBerry CEO: ‘We Are the Gold Standard’ in Security
In a response to reports that Canadian police have had the private key to decrypt BlackBerry Messenger messages for years, the company’s CEO said BlackBerry complies with “lawful access requests” and is still committed to customer privacy. In a blog post that only addressed the BBM encryption issue obliquely, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that…
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April 15, 2016
What a Future of Backdoored Crypto Looks Like
The debate over the use of strong encryption in mobile devices and other communications methods can be a difficult one to understand for casual observers. Encryption is the most complex of security disciplines, but there can be no clearer picture of what a backdoored encryption system would like than what’s emerged this week from a complex…
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April 12, 2016
The Coming Wave of Self-Propagating Ransomware
Ransomware has become one of the top threats to consumers over the course of the past few years, and it has begun to spread to enterprises as well of late. But as bad as this problem has become, researchers say that what we’re seeing right now may be just a ripple in the water compared…
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April 8, 2016
Draft Bill Would Force Vendors to Give Plaintext Data to Law Enforcement
The tension between the FBI and Apple may have subsided, but that doesn’t mean Washington is no longer focusing on encrypted communications. A pair of senators is circulating a draft bill that would require communications providers to maintain a method of giving law enforcement agencies cleartext communications, a requirement that could effectively prevent the use of…
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April 7, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin
Jessy Irwin of 1Password returns to the podcast to talk with Dennis Fisher about the conclusion, at east for now, of the Apple-FBI case, the consequences of the outcome, the continued push for encryption in many communications channels, and the need for better security communications from vendors. Then the conversation turns to password policies and…
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