encryption

Apple Publicly Opposes Australia’s Newly-Passed Anti-Encryption Legislation

Several tech companies are publicly opposing Australia's newly-passed anti-encryption legislation. According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among other tech companies, have denounced the Australian government's decision to pass a new anti-encryption law that many, including the aforementioned companies, claim undermines cybersecurity and human rights. The legislation, called The Assistance and Access Bill 2018, can reportedly compel...

Apple Sends Executives to Lobby Against Australia’s Proposed Encryption Laws

Apple has sent its top privacy executives to Australia twice in the past month to lobby government officials over proposed new laws that would require companies to provide access to encrypted messages. According to a new story from the Sydney Morning Herald, Apple met with Australian Attorney-General George Brandis and members of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government on Tuesday to...

Australian Law Would Force Tech Giants to Decrypt Messages

The Australian government has proposed a new legislation Friday which could give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted messages sent by suspected terrorists and criminals, reads a report from ABC News. In a press conference on Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the law would impose an obligation on technology companies to be able to provide...

Telegram Messenger Updated With Encrypted Voice Calling Feature

Telegram has started to roll out a much-requested feature to its messaging service in Europe today. The messaging service is bringing users the ability to place and receive end-to-end encrypted voice calls over cellular and Wi-Fi. The company is using artificial intelligence to analyze the network information in hopes of delivering unbeatable call quality. In...

WhatsApp Rolls Out New Two-Step Verification Feature

WhatsApp just got safer with its latest update which shipped out this week. Aside from the user interface changes and improved gif support, WhatsApp also incorporated two-step verification into its Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps in its latest update, making it more secure. “Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your...

How WhatsApp is Battling Spam with End-to-End Encryption

Facebook-owned cross platform messaging app WhatsApp is said to have reduced spam by 75% after launching end-to-end encryption. According to engineer Matt Jones, the company has developed approaches to detecting spam that don’t rely on content at all. "Instead, WhatsApp analyzes behavior for indications that a user might be spamming. The approach is working surprisingly well”, Jones said will...

WhatsApp Encryption Flaw Puts Private Messages at Risk

According to Tobias Boelter, a security researcher at the University of California, a security flaw in WhatsApp’s encryption allows private messages to be read by Facebook and government agencies. He discovered a backdoor in WhatsApp's method of end-to-end encryption, which was introduced by the company last year to ensure that no one, including the company, can read a...

Android Encryption Still “Years” Behind iOS Security Levels

Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at John Hopkins University, has analyzed the way Android N approaches security, and has pointed out it has a long way to go before achieving the same levels of security as an iPhone. According to Matthew Green, while Nougat devices have moved away from the full-disk encryption (FDE) of the past that is […]

Tim Cook Reiterates Apple’s Position on Encryption and More in Utah

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the opportunity to reiterate the company's position on strong encryption and its refusal to create a backdoor to its own mobile operating system for law enforcement agencies (see San Bernardino case) when stopping by at the yearly meeting of the Utah Technology Council (UTC). Speaking to about 1,400 industry executives,...

Cryptography Experts Says Apple Should Replace its iMessage Encryption Protocol

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University led by cryptography expert Matthew Green recently discovered several issues relating to Apple’s iMessage encryption. There findings were revealed at the Usenix Security Symposium. The findings were immediately followed by Apple’s initiative to add a series of short and long-term defences to the iMessage protocol. The team’s...

Facebook Messenger Said to Get End-to-End Encryption

Facebook plans to add end-to-end encryption to its popular Messenger app, the Guardian reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. The feature will be optional, they say, as it will limit the new machine learning features Facebook has built into the messaging app. Facebook Messenger is currently used by more than 900 million people. Adding end-to-end...