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Threatpost News Wrap, January 23, 2015

January 23rd, 2015
Dennis Fisher and Mike Mimoso talk about all of the zero days that were dropped this week on Adobe and Apple, the Oracle backdoor drama and the upcoming Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun. Then, Dennis calls Brian Donohue to talk about the wonders of the Blackhat movie and Brian's dog makes a special appearance, too!

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UK prime minister wants backdoors into messaging apps or he’ll ban them

January 12th, 2015

David Cameron, the British Prime minister, is one-upping his Western allies when it comes to anti-encryption propaganda. Ahead of national elections in May, Cameron said that if re-elected, he would seek to ban encrypted online messaging apps unless the UK government is given backdoors.

"Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn't possible to read?" Cameron said Monday while campaigning, in reference to apps such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, and other encrypted services. "My answer to that question is: 'No, we must not.'"

He said the Paris attacks, including the one last week on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, underscored the need for greater access.

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Schneier: Strategies for Designing and Defending Against Backdoors

October 16th, 2013
Schneier: Strategies for Designing and Defending Against Backdoors
What the NSA wants is to be able to read encrypted information in as close to real-time as possible. It wants backdoors, just like the cybercriminals and less benevolent governments do. And we have to figure out how to make ...
    

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NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry

September 7th, 2013
NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry
Six years ago, two Microsoft cryptography researchers discovered some weirdness in an obscure cryptography standard authored by staffers at the National Security Agency. There was a bug in a government-standard random number generator that could be used to encrypt data. ...
    






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The Coming Standoff Between Tech Companies and Government

August 29th, 2013
The Coming Standoff Between Tech Companies and Government
Given X-Keyscore was a program primarily designed to intercept unencrypted internet traffic, you could be forgiven for interpreting Facebook's post as a middle finger pointed in NSA's direction. This heralds a looming standoff between technology companies like Apple, Facebook, and ...
    






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