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Category: Privacy

January 24, 2017
Lavabit Launches New Encrypted Email System
Lavabit, the secure email service that shut down in 2013 rather than turn over the encryption key for a user account to the federal government, has reemerged with a new encrypted mail offering based on a standard developed by the company. It’s been more than three years since Lavabit founder Ladar Levison decided to end the…
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January 17, 2017
Expansion of National Security Letter Use Dropped From Intelligence Bill
A controversial provision in the Intelligence Authorization Act that would have granted the FBI the ability to access Americans’ browsing and email records without a warrant has been removed from the bill. The section of the appropriations bill for the various intelligence agencies had drawn criticism from civil liberties groups and lawmakers who opposed the…
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January 10, 2017
Bill Seeks to Update Ancient Email Privacy Law
A group of lawmakers from both parties have reintroduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would overhaul the aging Electronic Communications Privacy Act and add a provision to require the government to get a search warrant to access emails and other communications that are older than 180 days. The Email Privacy Act passed the House…
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January 10, 2017
Foreign Government Blamed for Anthem Data Breach
Attackers backed by a foreign government were behind the attack that compromised health insurance company Anthem in 2015, a breach that compromised the information of more than 78 million people, according to the findings of an investigation into the attack. The Anthem data breach is one of the larger health cae-related incidents ever in the United…
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January 3, 2017
Tor Browser Adds Sandbox
The newest release of the Tor browser for Linux now include a sandbox, which is designed to make it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities. The Tor Project also is working on a sandbox mechanism for the browser on OS X. Most of the major browsers have added sandboxes in recent years in an…
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December 22, 2016
Apple Delays Requirement for App Transport Security
Apple has pushed back a deadline for developers to support a key transport security technology in apps submitted to the company’s app stores. Officials said at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year that developers would have to support Apple Transport Security by the end of 2016. But on Wednesday, the company announced that…
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December 21, 2016
House Working Group Says Don’t Weaken Encryption
In a year-end report, a key congressional working group on encryption said that any governmental initiative to backdoor encryption systems is against the interests of the country and that there is no clear solution to the battle over encryption right now. The Encryption Working Group, comprised of members of the House Judiciary Committee and House Energy…
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December 19, 2016
Google Releases Project Wycheproof Crypto Test Suite
Google has released a new set of tests it uses to probe cryptographic libraries for vulnerabilities to known attacks. The tests can be used against most kinds of crypto algorithms and the company already has found 40 new weaknesses in existing algorithms. the tests are called Project Wycheproof, and Google’s engineers designed them to help…
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December 8, 2016
Prosecutor: Some Encryption a ‘Threat to Our Ability to Protect’ Americans
The deployment of default strong encryption on mobile devices and U.S. companies storing user data in foreign countries is hampering the ability of law enforcement to protect Americans from cyber crime and other threats, a top U.S. prosecutor said. In a speech Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said prosecutors and law enforcement agencies across the country are…
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December 5, 2016
Google Trusted Contacts Allows Users to Share Location in Real Time
Google has spent a lot of time and money on security over the last few years, developing new technologies and systems to protect users’ devices. One of the newer technologies the company has come up with is designed to provide security for users themselves rather than their laptops or phones. On Monday Google launched a new…
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