PINDROP BLOG

Category: Privacy

October 17, 2016
Congress Wants Answers on Yahoo Email Scanning
Nearly 50 members of Congress are demanding information from the director of national intelligence about the email scanning order that the Department of Justice reportedly delivered to Yahoo last year. The order, which was revealed earlier this month in stories by Reuters, reportedly required the company to create a system that would inspect all incoming emails…
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October 13, 2016
The Infowar Shaping the Election
Depending upon your definition of the word, this presidential campaign cycle has included perhaps more surprises than any other in recent memory. Leaked videos, tax returns, and other data dumps have turned the 2016 campaign into the first to be defined by a modern information war. Political campaigns by their very nature always have been…
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October 13, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Cindy Cohn
Few people have been more deeply involved in the fight to protect strong encryption than Cindy Cohn. Beginning in the early 1990s when she was brought in as an outside counsel to help the EFF in the Bernstein v. Department of Justice case, and extending through the current conflict between law enforcement and technology vendors over…
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October 12, 2016
Signal Adds Expiring Messages to Encrypted Chats
The steady march toward greater use of encryption and increased privacy in mobile communications has taken another step forward with Signal, the encrypted messaging app, introducing disappearing messages. The newest version of Signal for both iOS and Android, as well as the desktop app, include the feature, which enables users to set timers for when…
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October 10, 2016
Wyden, EFF Say Yahoo Mail Scanning Order Should be Released
The secret order the Department of Justice served on Yahoo last year to get the company to scan incoming emails for specific terms should be declassified and made public under the terms of the USA Freedom Act, experts say. Sometime in the early part of 2015, the Justice Department reportedly went to Yahoo officials with…
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October 5, 2016
FBI Official: Skepticism of Government Hurts Cyber Investigations
Although the FBI has improved its information security and forensics capabilities significantly in recent years, the bureau still is hamstrung by its inability to get complete cooperation from private companies and other organizations on attack data, the FBI’s deputy director said. The bureau is the main investigative agency for cybercrime and attacks on American companies,…
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October 4, 2016
Open Whisper Systems Makes the Case Against Data Retention
The continued success of the modern web relies on nothing so much as data, great roiling rivers of information produced by billions of users and trawled constantly by the network’s insatiable predators. They take in and store as much of that data as possible, and dissect, analyze, and categorize it every which way from Sunday.…
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October 3, 2016
Apple to Remove Trust for Chinese CA WoSign
The infrastructure upon which the Internet’s encryption system is built is fragile and prone to random, sometimes catastrophic, failures. The latest evidence of this weakness in the network is an incident involving a Chinese certificate authority WoSign, which was caught back-dating certificates and allowing customers to add arbitrary domains to their certificates. The problems have…
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September 28, 2016
Senators Demand Answers of Mayer on Yahoo Data Breach
Six Democratic senators are demanding answers from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer about the massive data breach that the company disclosed last week. The legislators want to know when Yahoo discovered the breach, which occurred in 2014, and why it took so long to disclose it to the public. The Yahoo data breach involves information from…
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September 27, 2016
‘Putting in a Back Door Isn’t the Solution’ to Encryption Debate
Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said forcing vendors to install backdoors or intentionally weakened encryption in their products is not the solution to the disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices and said there needs to be international standards for how the problem is handled. McCaul (R-Texas), speaking…
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