The worst thing about having a phone or laptop stolen isn’t necessarily the loss of the physical object itself, though there’s no question that that part sucks. It’s the amount of damage control you have to do afterward. Calling your phone company to get SIMs deactivated, changing all of your account passwords, and maybe even canceling credit cards are all good ideas, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
Yesterday FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates testified before a Senate Judiciary committee that they are stumped by end-to-end encryption and that while they want to work with the private sector to come up with a solution Yates noted that a legislative mandate “may ultimately be necessary” to force companies to comply.
Should all websites employ HTTPS browsing which helps make surfing the web more secure, at least as far as your privacy is concerned? Well some digital rights advocates are claiming that should be the way moving forward and while there are plenty of websites out there that continue to use the HTTP standard, you will be pleased to learn that Reddit won’t.
A union representing U.S. government workers says it believes detailed personal information on millions of current and former federal employees that was stolen by hackers was not encrypted.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) said the attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) resulted in the theft of all personnel data for every federal employee.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook echoed words from the security community on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s current push for backdoor encryption, which could weaken the current mobile encryption techniques used by Apple, Google and other technology companies.
Speaking at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington DC, Cook said “So let me be crystal clear: Weakening encryption or taking it away harms good people who are using it for the right reason,” and called the FBI plea for removal of mobile encryption “incredibly dangerous.”