PINDROP BLOG

Category: Privacy

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 14, 2016
Bill Requiring Phone Crypto Backdoors Dies in California Assembly
A California bill that would require backdoors in phone encryption has died in the state assembly after failing to gain enough support to move out of committee. The bill, proposed in January, would have required that device manufacturers have the capability of decrypting and unlocking any phone sold in California after Jan. 1, 2017. A…
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April 14, 2016
Final Draft of Burr-Feinstein Bill Called ‘Dangerous’
The final version of a proposed bill that would require vendors to have a method for providing plaintext data to law enforcement agencies has been released, and privacy advocates and legislators are calling it “flawed” and “dangerous”. The Burr-Feinstein bill has been making the rounds of Capitol Hill in draft form since last week, and…
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April 11, 2016
WordPress Turns on Encryption for 1 Million Sites
The movement to encrypt as much of the public Web as possible has gotten a major boost, as WordPress has turned on HTTPS connections for all of the more than one million custom domains hosted on WordPress.com. The change happened on Friday and significantly, it doesn’t require any work on the part of the site owners.…
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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 8, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Katie Moussouris
Katie Moussouris has been a part of the hacker community since, well, a long time. A former penetration tester at @stake and a longtime security employee at Microsoft, she has spent the last two years as the chief policy officer at HackerOne, the bug bounty coordination platform. Now, she’s starting her own consulting firm to…
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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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