Surveillance

UK minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable

LONDON (Reuters) - Technology companies must cooperate more with law enforcement agencies and should stop offering a "secret place for terrorists to communicate" using encrypted messages, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday.<p>Local media have reported that British-born Khalid Masood …

Encryption

'Lawful Hacking' Avoids the Risks of Backdoor Encryption

With governments unlikely to ever get backdoor access to tech devices, authorities may turn to selective hacking, as in the Apple/San Bernardino case.

Encryption

Christie: No evidence Trump was spied on

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday cast doubt on the notion that the Obama administration spied on associates of President Trump, saying …

Government

EFF Launches Community Security Training Series

EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches …

Security

Nunes Vanished Just Before He Made Surveillance Claims

“Hours before the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced his shocking claims about surveillance of the Trump transition team on …

Devin Nunes

U.K. Tells WhatsApp to Open Encryption to Intelligence Services - Bloomberg

U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging system should open its encryption to security services and urged online …

Encryption

Home Secretary accuses Apple's Tim Cook and WhatsApp of giving terrorists 'a place to hide'

Home Secretary Amber Rudd launched a furious attack on chat service WhatsApp and Apple CEO Tim Cook for providing terrorists with a ‘place to hide’ …

Security

US Intelligence Agencies admit that they had “accidentally” eavesdropped on Team Trump

The new Chair of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, Devin Nunes (the Californian Representative), gave a press conference on …

Intelligence Agencies

Cyber Week in Review: March 24, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:<p><b>1. One Windows to rule them all? Nope.</b> <i>The</i> <i>Wall</i> …

Microsoft

Paper Spells Out Tech, Legal Options for Encryption Workarounds

FBI Director James Comey’s dogged attachment to the argument that strong encryption hinders criminal investigations by law enforcement is heading …

Bruce Schneier

Feds hacked into 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration protests

Authorities are currently scanning through the data, which include private photos and videos.<p>Federal prosecutors in the US have informed a court in …

Security

Following the Russian Money

Counterintelligence is long, hard work. Investigators need time to string along suspects — seeking the who, what, when, where and why of the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation tries to build 3-D chronologies of who did what to whom. Agents usually follow the money, the best evidence. That’s …

Government

The Government Probably Did Spy on Trump, Because It Surveils Almost All Americans

A New York City Police Department security camera hangs atop a light pole across the street from Trump Tower.Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images …

Big Brother

Burst your bubble: conservative articles and the freedom to publish garbage

After James Comey’s appearance before the House intelligence committee, voices on the right focused on surveillance, Russia, and self-inflicted wounds<p>The GOP are falling apart over healthcare, and approval of the president is historically low, but the networks are wall-to-wall with stories about …

James Comey

FBI director floats international framework on access to encrypted data

FBI director James Comey has suggested that an international agreement between governments could ease fears about IT products with government-mandated backdoors, but privacy advocates are doubtful.Speaking on Thursday, Comey suggested that the U.S. might work with other countries on a “framework” …

Security

In Austin, FBI Director James Comey passes on discussing Trump's Russia ties | Politics

AUSTIN — FBI Director James Comey spoke for an hour at the University of Texas about the issues he works on every day: counterterrorism, …

James Comey

NSA Official Says It Might Have Been Nice If The Agency Had Handled The Public Disclosure Of The Section 215 Program

Now that Edward Snowden has done all the leg work, the Intelligence Community is admitting that, yeah, maybe it should have been more upfront about …

Edward Snowden

Rep. Devin Nunes: The man in the DC spotlight

The most talked-about man in Washington this week might have gone unrecognized outside the beltway before a dramatic press conference at which he claimed to have seen evidence President Trump was spied on.<p>House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is now solidly in the public eye …

Government

UK Police Fed: Officers abusing investigatory powers for personal matters

Police have reportedly been using law enforcement resources to pursue personal matters, according to the Police Federation.<p>Police officers are …

Policing

Feds: We’re pulling data from 100 phones seized during Trump inauguration

Prosecutor notes: "All of the Rioter Cell Phones were locked."<p>In new filings, prosecutors told a court in Washington, DC that within the coming …

John Adams

Nunes Says Trump Team Caught in U.S. Surveillance Net

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes says the intelligence community collected multiple conversations involving members of President Trump's transition team. …

Devin Nunes

Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: 'It is cancer'

Said ‘Sam’ Barodi was fired after he refused to cooperate with customs agents who he believed were targeting him because of his ethnicity and religion. His and other accounts paint a stark picture of the bureau in the era of Trump<p>Muslim special agents and intelligence analysts at the FBI are …

James Comey

Surveillance Sauce for the Goose

Having trouble understanding what President Trump and Rep. Nunes are banging on about? Try putting the shoe on the other foot…<p>It’s 2020. Kamala Harris finishes a close second in New Hampshire, beating expectations that Elizabeth Warren would sweep her neighboring state (and its shared media …

Government

Feds Have Found A Way To Search Locked Phones Of 100 Trump Protestors

Police officers try to clear the street as protesters make themselves heard following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)<p>Rioters accused of causing $100,000 of damage around Washington D.C. on Donald Trump’s …

Security

CREDO and Cloudflare argue against national security letter gag orders

Earlier this week, the FBI finally allowed Cloudflare and CREDO Mobile to identify themselves as recipients of national security letters, which allow the agency to secretly order tech companies to hand over customer data. (The FBI initially allowed Cloudflare and CREDO to disclose some but not all …

Fact Check: Trump Misleads About The Times’s Reporting on Surveillance

WASHINGTON — In an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday, President Trump cited The New York Times as evidence of his claim, made in a series of Twitter posts on March 4, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. The F.B.I. …

Journalism

Nunes: Trump Communications ‘Incidentally’ Collected By Intelligence Agencies

Devin Nunes, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee tells press he has been notified that Trump team communications have been “incidentally,” legally collected. He also said more names involved in Trump campaign have been unmasked but none of the information was related to the Russia …

Devin Nunes

Third Circuit Appeals Court Says All Writs Orders Can Be Used To Compel Passwords For Decryption

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that passwords can be compelled with All Writs Orders. Handing down a decision in the case of Francis …

The man on a collision course with Trump: FBI director James Comey

Earlier in his career, James Comey earned a reputation for standing up to the White House. Now he appears to be on a collision course with the new President.<p>On Monday, Mr. Comey, the director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified before federal lawmakers that his agency is …

Government

George Brandis, Asio and the battle to control Australia's telecommunications

A bill before the parliamentary intelligence committee would allow for the shutting down of services deemed prejudicial to security<p>Over the past two years, a battle has been quietly waging that will have profound consequences for the future of the internet in Australia.<p>If the battle is won by the …

Government