encryption

RCMP Have BlackBerry’s Encryption Key, Over 1M Messages Intercepted

There was a time when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Canada's federal police force) had backdoor access to encrypted BlackBerry messages, Vice Canada reports. During that time, the RCMP intercepted and decrypted "over one million" BlackBerry messages. To understand how the RCMP did that, you need to understand how BlackBerry's encryption works: It encrypts BBM...

WhatsApp Enables End-to-End Encryption for a Billion Users

WhatsApp has today announced the completion of a technological development that makes the app more secure than ever before. Starting today, every single message, file, photo, video and voice message you send via WhatsApp will be end-to-end encrypted by default. WhatsApp partnered with Open Whisper Systems over a year ago to integrate the Signal Protocol into its product and...

Small Japanese Firm Helping the FBI Crack iPhones Profiled

The iPhone 5c that was the topic of a legal dispute between Apple and the US government has been cracked by Israel-based mobile forensic company Cellebrite Mobile Syncronization Ltd, a subsidiary of Japanese Sun Corp, Bloomberg's sources confirm. In an unexpected turn of events, the FBI has dropped its case against Apple over the iPhone's encryption,...

Apple vs DoJ iPhone Encryption Battle Not Over in Brooklyn

Following the FBI's successful attempt to break Apple's encryption, the Department of Justice has asked for another two weeks to disclose whether or not they want to force Apple to open the seized iPhone in the New York drug case. Reuters has knowledge of a court filing submitted on Tuesday, which follows an earlier appeal...

FBI to Apple: iPhone Hack No Longer Needed, Hearing Cancelled

The FBI says it may have found another way into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c—without the need for Apple’s help, according to a filing this afternoon (via Engadget): On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possiblemethod for unlocking Farook's iPhone. Testing is required to determine whether it is...

Bloomberg Goes Behind the Scenes of Apple vs. FBI

An earlier report from the Guardian uncovered that Apple's legal battle against the FBI didn't start last month with Syed Farook's seized iPhone 5c, but much earlier. In an extensive report posted today by Bloomberg, the news outlet sheds light on more interesting tidbits of the story: The Obama administration's officials and Apple share some common...