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  • FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

    05/23/2018 11:52:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 22 at 7:11 PM | Devlin Barrett
    The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned. Over a period of seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited the inflated figure as the most compelling evidence for the need to address what the FBI calls “Going Dark” — the spread of encrypted software that can block investigators’ access to digital data even with...
  • Is A Former Feinstein Staffer Running Fusion GPS’s Post-Election Steele Dossier Operation?

    02/20/2018 2:15:27 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | Sean Davis
    New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials
  • NSA Mole Took Codes Targeting US Cyber Enemies (Harold Thomas Martin)

    10/07/2016 4:35:38 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | October 7, 2016, ast
    Harold Thomas Martin, a 51-year-old US National Security Agency contractor from Maryland, may be remembered as the second Edward Snowden, although there are many differences between the two cases. Martin, a former US Navy officer with top secret national security clearance, was arrested on Aug. 27 by the FBI and charged with the unauthorized removal and retention for many years of highly-sensitive classified documents. The purloined materials found in raids of his home and his car, which were described by as capable of causing “exceptionally grave damage” to US national security. Like Snowden, Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, which...
  • Why was Senator Mark Warner using Signal and Disappearing Messages if he had Nothing to Hide?

    02/09/2018 1:44:19 PM PST · by bitt · 59 replies
    medium.com ^ | 2/9/2018 | Mark Cernovich
    Mark Warner was texting a Russian oligarch using an encrypted app, Signal, and his messages were set to automatically delete. FoxNews broke a huge story about Senator Mark Warner, which has been discussed elsewhere. What I haven’t seen anyone else cover is the fact that the “text messages” were not ordinary messages. Warner was communicating via Signal, an encrypted app. Moreover, Warner had his messages set to disappear. (The hour glass icon in the text exchange.)
  • FBI Baffled by Encryption (FBI DIRECTOR Wray wants back diirs on devices)

    01/14/2018 8:51:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 65 replies
    The Still Report - Youtube ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Bill Still
    Good evening, I’m still reporting on: FBI Baffled by Encryption, 1978 Synopsis: New FBI Director Christopher Wray, speaking on Tuesday at a cyber-security conference in New York, said that powerful encryption tools now becoming widely available are frustrating his agency. Surprise, surprise; last year, the FBI was unable to access data from 7800 devices – that’s over 50% - despite having legal authority to do so – i.e. a legitimate warrant from a real judge. Wray warned the audience of cyber-security experts from around the world: “This is an urgent public safety issue. [The solution] is not so clear cut.”...
  • Cause of Action Targets CFPB, EPA Feds Using Encryption to Hide Public Docs

    12/09/2017 5:14:50 PM PST · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Lifezette ^ | December 9, 20217 | Brendan Kirby
    Agents of the federal government have been sending coded messages to one another, but they aren’t deep-cover spies evading the Russian spooks or transmitting North Korean launch codes. They are run-of-the-mill bureaucrats who appear to be using digital technology to evade the American people and their representatives in Congress and the White House. “There’s no elected control if the bureaucrats can have conversations that are not reviewable by elected officials,” said John Vecchione, president and CEO of the Cause of Action Institute (COA). “They can’t control the bureaucracy.” Vecchione’s group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request earlier this...
  • The Fed’s Encryption Conniption

    11/15/2017 7:04:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2017 | Bob Barr
    As soon as the news broke last week that the FBI was unable to gain access to the phone belonging to the Sutherland Springs, Texas killer, you could hear the indignant feet-stomping of security hawks on Capitol Hill. It did not matter that the killer was not a member of ISIS, and acted alone. It did not matter that the motive was a domestic dispute, not the result of some broader terrorist plot. And, it did not matter that it was the government’s clerical error in the first place, which allowed for this tragedy to occur.There was data to be...
  • The FBI can’t unlock the Texas church shooter’s phone

    11/07/2017 2:05:20 PM PST · by detective · 198 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/7/2017 | David Lumb
    At a press conference today, an FBI official investigating the man who killed 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday said the agency can't open the shooter's encrypted phone. The agent painted the issue as a growing concern among law enforcement at all levels who can't access data on devices without their owner's credentials. It's essentially the same argument the FBI made two years ago when it demanded Apple help break into the phone of the San Bernardino shooter, a conflict that escalated into the courtroom.
  • DOJ grows frustrated with tech firms over encryption

    10/24/2017 12:21:24 AM PDT · by Fedora · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/10/2017 | David Shortell
    A top Justice Department official on Tuesday criticized technology companies that "enable criminals and terrorists" with encryption software and foreshadowed a new government approach to the issue that has increasingly frustrated law enforcement."When investigations of violent criminal organizations come to a halt because we cannot access a phone, lives may be lost," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said..."The approach taken in the recent past--negotiating with technology companies and hoping that they eventually will assist law enforcement out of a sense of civic duty--is unlikely to work," he said.Though he did not outline future steps, Rosenstein, seemed to be taking up..a...
  • Turkish police say seeking 144 people over links to failed coup, 35 detained

    05/23/2017 10:09:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    KOM News ^ | 23 May 2017 13:25 CEST | none stated
    Turkish police said on Tuesday they are seeking 144 people including police, soldiers and prosecutors, over suspected links to the network of a US-based cleric blamed by Ankara for orchestrating last year’s failed coup. In raids across 42 provinces, 35 of the 144 wanted people have already been detained, the police said in a statement, adding that the suspects were thought to be using ByLock, an encrypted messaging app the government says was used by preacher Fethullah Gulen’s followers. Turkey accuses Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile for almost 20 years, of running a decades-long campaign to overthrow the...
  • NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet

    05/11/2017 2:57:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | May 11 2017, 9:57 a.m. | Sam Biddle
    In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the...
  • U.S. House Judiciary Committee determines encryption backdoors against national interests

    12/21/2016 8:08:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 56 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 02:18 pm PT (05:18 pm ET) | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    In a rebuke to the anti-encryption campaign waged by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation--with Apple as a target--the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Encryption Working Group issued a report today stating "any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest." In a bipartisan report, the group observed that "any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest," citing representatives of the national security community who noted that "strong encryption is vital to the national defense and to securing vital assets, such as critical infrastructure." A second finding of the report was that "encryption technology is a global technology...
  • Cybersecurity Concerns Intelligence Officials

    10/07/2016 8:55:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 7, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Cybersecurity is a huge concern for the CIA in today's world. At a panel during a recent CIA-George Washington University conference, several panelists from the CIA, the U.S. Naval Academy and cybersecurity consulting firms discussed the implications of hacking and encryption. Chris Darby, who is the president and CEO of the consulting firm In-Q-Tel, believed that cybersecurity is "not a U.S. conversation anymore" due to the international aspect of cybersecurity or cyberterrorism. He advised that Americans "have to get comfortable with that and take the appropriate steps to deal with it." Too often, Darby said, "We tend to look at...
  • Comey: FBI wants 'adult conversation' on device encryption

    08/30/2016 7:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 95 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2016 10:24 AM EDT
    FBI Director James Comey is again warning about the bureau’s inability to access digital devices because of encryption. In a speech Tuesday, Comey said default encryption built into smartphones is “making more and more of the room that we are charged to investigate dark.” He said the FBI is working to collect information on the issue so that “next year we can have an adult conversation in this country.” …
  • McCain Pushes Apple, Google On Encryption Standards in Cyber Hearing

    07/14/2016 1:51:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    USNI.ORG ^ | July 14, 2016 3:13 PM | By: John Grady
    Sen. John McCain warned Google and Apple executives Thursday that the Senate Armed Services Committee “has subpoena power” that could compel them to testify on why their encryption systems on newer smartphones are not accessible to law enforcement operating under court orders.The Arizona Republican, who chairs the panel, said, “There’s an urgency” to finding a solution to the matter of protecting privacy while also not closing out police, prosecutors and intelligence agencies from lawfully pursuing criminals and terrorists.At the start of the hearing, McCain noted that Tim Cook, president of Apple, declined to attend the session. “This is unacceptable,” he...
  • Apple’s official statement on why the iOS 10 kernel is not encrypted

    06/23/2016 10:31:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    The Loop ^ | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 pm. PT | Dave Mark
    Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise. They found that Apple had not obscured the workings of the heart of its operating system using encryption as the company has done before. Crucial pieces of the code destined to power millions of iPhones and iPads were laid bare for all to see. That would aid anyone looking for security weaknesses in Apple’s flagship software. Security experts say the famously secretive company may have adopted a bold new strategy intended to encourage more people to report bugs in its software—or perhaps made an embarrassing mistake....
  • High-quality random numbers can now be computed with much less effort

    05/26/2016 10:08:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 26 May 2016 | Jon Worrel
    A big win for encryption, more efficient complex simulations Last week, computer scientist researchers at the University of Texas at Austin published a draft paper describing a new, more efficient way of generating truly random numbers that can be used everyday encryption situations like mobile banking, statistics, electronic voting and complex simulations, among other applications. At the university, computer science professor David Zuckerman and graduate student Eshan Chattopadhyay developed a method of taking two weakly random numbers and combining them into a single sequence of truly random numbers. In the past, the task of generating truly random numbers for encryption...
  • District Attorney Arguing Against Encryption Handed Out Insecure Keylogging "Monitoring" Software

    05/18/2016 7:12:56 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 17 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 05/18/2016 | Tim Cushing
    Beyond James Comey, there are still a few law enforcement officials beating the anti-encryption drum. Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance is one of those. He's been joined in this fight by some like-minded district attorneys from the other coast, seeing as New York and California both have anti-encryption bills currently working their way through local legislatures. Vance, along with Los Angeles County DA Jackie Lacey and San Diego County DA Bonnie Dumanis, penned an op-ed against encryption for the LA Times. In it, they argue that tech companies have set them up as "gatekeepers" of communications and data, which they believe...
  • FBI Director Says Legal War On Encryption Far From Over

    05/12/2016 3:20:20 PM PDT · by Cyberman · 19 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 05/13/2016 | Mikey Campbell
    FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said the U.S. government will continue to wage legal war with tech companies to gain access to encrypted devices, intimating that such measures are weakening terror organizations like ISIL. At an FBI briefing, Comey said gaining privileged access to passcode locked — or otherwise protected — devices is an important national security concern as encryption is now "essential tradecraft" of terror groups, reports Reuters....
  • The Lawmakers Who Control Your Digital Future Are Clueless About Technology

    05/03/2016 9:32:58 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 13 replies
    Gizmondo ^ | 04/28/2016 | William Turton
    It is becoming increasingly clear that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, co-chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee, don’t have the slightest clue about how encryption works. Good thing they’re currently pushing disastrous legislation that would force tech companies to decrypt things for law enforcement! Today Feinstein and Burr co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Encryption Without Tears,” and wow, it is bad. They have yet again demonstrated a failure to grasp even the most basic principles of technology.... Feinstein and Burr’s bill is not based in any technical reality. Companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google would...