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Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case

Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. According to <i>The Information,</i> authorities in Bentonville issued a …

LA County email hack exposes data of 750,000 people

Los Angeles County appears to be the latest victim of a wide-reaching email hack.<p>Around 756,000 people who had business with county departments may …

Insurers handling 'hundreds' of breach claims

<b>Insurance claims for data breaches are being made at a rate of more than one a day, figures from CFC Underwriting suggest.</b><p>The firm said that in 2016 it had handled more than 400 claims on cyber-breach policies it had issued.<p>The main types of attack being claimed for were privacy breaches and the …

Cybersecurity

Data breach at LinkedIn's Lynda.com affects 55,000 accounts

Microsoft is getting a little bit more than it bargained for now that its acquisition of LinkedIn is official. LinkedIn's training site Lynda.com is notifying users of a database breach that includes the passwords of just under 55,000 accounts. All those passwords were "cryptographically salted and …

Facebook and Twitter take firm stance alongside Apple in encryption debate

Yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent out a lukewarm tweetstorm that tentatively expressed support for Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter against the government’s desire to provide a backdoor into iPhones in case of terrorist attacks. Though Pichai’s response was decidedly couched, Facebook and …

Turkey says it's investigating 10,000 social network users

Turkey has been cracking down on internet activity at a frenetic pace ever since an attempted military coup in the summer, and it's now clear that there are a <i>lot</i> of people caught in the dragnet. The country's interior ministry has revealed that officials are investigating about 10,000 social …

WhatsApp founder defends Apple in FBI encryption fight

Tim Cook has picked up a new and unexpected supporter in Apple's legal struggle with the FBI: WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum. Sharing Cook's letter in a Facebook post, Koum gave the Apple CEO his full support. "We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set," Koum wrote. "Today our freedom and our …

Privacy

Inside the FBI's encryption battle with Apple

For months, the FBI searched for a compelling case that would force Apple to weaken iPhone security – and then the San Bernardino shooting happened<p>Two weeks ago, the FBI called Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, with a jarring message:the agency wanted Apple to help them hack an iPhone. …

Privacy

Apple Opposes Judge's Order To Help FBI Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone

A U.S. magistrate has ordered Apple to assist the government in unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI is seeking information that may be on Farook's employer-issued phone as it investigates the Dec. 2 shootings that left 14 people dead.<p>At the time of the attack, …

Privacy

Google CEO: FBI's request of Apple could set a 'troubling precedent'

Tim Cook did not mince words in a lengthy open response to the FBI's order that Apple create a backdoor to allow the agency access to a terrorism suspect's iPhone. Plenty of privacy groups and Apple customers have praised Cook's words thus far, and now one of Apple's biggest competitors is showing …

Apple opposes judge's order to hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

<b>(CNN) —</b> Apple is opposing a judge's order to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, calling the directive "an overreach by the U.S. government."<p>A public letter, signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and published Tuesday, warns that complying with the order …

Privacy