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Australia passes cyber snooping laws with global implications

Sydney - Australia Thursday passed controversial laws allowing spies and police to snoop on the encrypted communications of suspected terrorists and criminals, as experts warned the "unprecedented powers" had far-reaching implications for global cybersecurity.

Australia set to pass sweeping cyber laws despite tech giant fears

Sydney - Australia's two main parties struck a deal Tuesday to pass sweeping cyber laws requiring tech giants to help government agencies get around encrypted communications used by suspected criminals and terrorists.

'Five Eyes' agencies demand reignites encryption debate

Washington - Privacy and human rights organizations expressed concern Tuesday after a coalition of intelligence agencies renewed a call for technology companies to allow so-called "backdoor" access to encrypted content and devices.

Tech giants face hefty fines under Australia cyber laws

Sydney - Tech companies could face fines of up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday.

There's a vulnerability in common forms of email encryption

European researchers have published a report that outlines the discovery of a vulnerability in two very common forms of email encryption.

Second shady company claims to have broken iPhone encryption

Two new cybersecurity companies have reportedly broken Apple's iPhone encryption and are selling unlocking services. Last week, Israeli U.S. firm Cellebrite said it had developed the tech. Another company is now also providing unlocking services.

Microsoft partners with Signal to bring encryption to Skype

Microsoft has announced a partnership with messaging platform Signal that will enable full end-to-end Skype encryption. Skype already features encryption as part of its proprietary protocol but the service doesn't offer truly private conversations.

Quantum encryption moves one step closer

High-speed quantum encryption may help secure the future Internet, according to new research. Here the same strange properties that drive quantum computers could be use to create hack-proof forms of data encryption.

World's top stock trading apps full of security flaws

Some of the world's most popular trading apps are riddled with security flaws which could allow remote attackers to hijack accounts and steal users' names, money, and other data, according to new research from IOActive.

Australia to compel chat apps to hand over encrypted messages

Sydney - Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws unveiled Friday.

European Union mulls making end-to-end encryption mandatory

The European Parliament has proposed that end-to-end encryption should be used to protect all forms of online communication. The legislation would outlaw "backdoors" in software and seek to extend the digital privacy rights of EU citizens.

Op-Ed: Ransomware — Why so helpless? Why is security so useless?

Sydney - Ransomware is a plague. It’s everywhere, and it’s not new. Security industries have been aware of it for many years, and yet it’s still viable? Why is a well-known method of hijacking computers still possible?

WhatsApp denies existence of deliberate security backdoor

A backdoor has been found in encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp, according to a report today. Privacy campaigners have described the hole as "a huge threat to freedom of speech" but WhatsApp has denied there are security concerns.

Google causes controversy by removing encryption from Allo

Google has launched Allo, a new messaging app that's designed to allow you to express more emotions in text chats. Allo can integrate with Google Assistant to suggest message replies and take immediate action to messages like "sushi places nearby."

Facebook announces encryption is coming to Messenger

Facebook has begun a trial of protecting Messenger conversations with end-to-end encryption, preventing them from being intercepted by third parties before they reach their intended recipient. It will allow it to rival other encrypted apps.

Encryption on 'tens of millions' of phones could easily be broken

A security researcher has discovered that a major flaw in Android's full disk encryption technology could leave the data on tens of millions of devices at risk. A kernel vulnerability can be used to break through the encryption and access user files.

Apple sets a mystery, releases iOS 10 without an encrypted core

Last week, Apple released a developer's preview of iOS 10, the latest update to its ubiquitous mobile operating system. Researchers have since discovered the kernel has been left unencrypted, allowing developers to investigate what lies in the core.

Microsoft warns Windows users of 'worm-like' ransomware

Microsoft has warned Windows users that a new form of ransomware in the wild is dangerous and capable of self-reproducing. It propagates itself across removable and network drives, creating copies to infect as many files and devices as possible.

117 million LinkedIn accounts stolen in 2012 now for sale online

Nearly four years after LinkedIn was hacked, the site has now confirmed that over 117 million accounts were affected. The number is vastly more than was previously indicated. The findings came to light after the data was found for sale on the dark web.

'Uncrackable' ransomware no more as creator hands over key

The creators of TeslaCrypt, one of the most successful ransomware campaigns to date, have released the encryption key used to lock victims' files, effectively shutting the malware down. There is now a free program available to decrypt affected data.

WhatsApp now sends every message so securely it can't read them

WhatsApp has launched a new desktop app for Windows and Mac OS X PCs. It adds another platform to the growing list of devices that the popular communication service supports, letting you send messages from wherever you are while on the go.

FBI chief sees better cyber cooperation from China

Washington - FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he has seen some improvement in cooperation from China in fighting cybercrime following last year's bilateral agreement on the issue.

WhatsApp messages now so secure, WhatsApp can't even read them

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with over 1 billion users, announced on Tuesday that every message sent using the service will be protected in a way that even WhatsApp would not be able to read it if it wanted to.

Apple, Google have been asked to decrypt phones at least 63 times

The U.S. government has attempted to force Apple, Google and other smartphone manufacturers to unlock at least 63 devices. The FBI is demanding access to a lot more than one phone, despite its recent claims in the Apple case.

Less than 10% of Android devices encrypted, nearly all iPhones

Over 95 percent of all iPhones in use are encrypted, according to a report today. Apple enables encryption out of the box, making it much more prevalent among iPhone users than Android fans. Only 10 percent of Android phones are thought to be encrypted.

World's leading tech companies plotting to strengthen encryption

As Apple fights the FBI over an order to decrypt its own software, some of the world's largest technology firms are planning to increase the encryption applied to user data, according to a report today. The move will antagonize law enforcement worldwide.

Amazon removes encryption from Fire tablets, reduces security

Amazon has issued an update for its range of Fire tablets that removes the option to encrypt the device's storage. The company has confirmed the latest version of Fire OS won't encrypt data amid a lawsuit between Apple and the FBI over the technology.

Apple working on iOS version with even greater security

Apple is building a new version of iOS which will feature even tighter security restrictions that would prevent the company from complying with government requests to unlock iPhones. Apple intends to effectively lock itself out of iOS installs.

WhatsApp used by one billion people worldwide

Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that one billion people are now active on its network, making it one of the largest services online. WhatsApp has been experiencing explosive growth over the past few years.

Google can remotely reset the password of most Android phones

A report prepared by the New York District Attorney's Office has found Google is capable of remotely resetting the password on the majority of Android devices if ordered to by a court. The findings are the latest development in the war on encryption.
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