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There's a Brute Force Hack That Can Bypass the iPhone's Passcode Limit [Update: Maybe Not!] There's a Brute Force Hack That Can Bypass the iPhone's Passcode Limit [Update: Maybe Not!]

Apple is a perpetual battle to stay ahead of hackers and secure its devices but a new bug discovered by a security researcher and reported by ZDNet shows the passcode that protects iOS devices can be bypassed through a brute force attack, leaving iPhones and iPads vulnerable to being exploited.

FBI Recovered 731 Pages of Messages and Calls From Michael Cohen's BlackBerry FBI Recovered 731 Pages of Messages and Calls From Michael Cohen's BlackBerry

The FBI just got its hands on a whole lot of Michael Cohen’s encrypted communications. In a letter submitted Friday, the United States Attorney’s Office revealed that it obtained a treasure trove of messages and call logs from a BlackBerry that belonged to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney.

iPhone Hackers May Already Have a Workaround for Cops to Crack Apple's Newest Security Feature iPhone Hackers May Already Have a Workaround for Cops to Crack Apple's Newest Security Feature

Apple and the law enforcement community have been stuck in a back-and-forth over encryption for the last few years, and it’s heated up considerably this month since Apple announced a feature that would thwart a popular iPhone cracking method used by police. Now, the companies that work with law enforcement have…

Cops Are Predictably Pissed About Apple's Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones Cops Are Predictably Pissed About Apple's Plan to Turn Off USB Data Access on iPhones

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to prevent anyone who wants to gain access to a encrypted iOS device via techniques like Cellebrite’s GrayKey phone-hacking box by introducing an option to lock USB data access an hour after it’s locked, essentially turning iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed black boxes.…

I'll Believe Apple Is Killing Cops' Anti-Encryption Tools When They Actually Do It I'll Believe Apple Is Killing Cops' Anti-Encryption Tools When They Actually Do It

Among the blizzard of news bits from Apple’s WWDC, a much-anticipated feature has returned to the beta for iOS 12: a mode for keeping the FBI and other snoopers out of your phone. The feature has come and gone in the past, but it’s looking more real and better than ever this time around. Still, I’ll believe it when…

Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Stopped Blocking Updates Amid Struggle With Russian Authorities Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Stopped Blocking Updates Amid Struggle With Russian Authorities

Apple has apparently relented and let encrypted text and voice service Telegram proceed with an update to make its app compliant with Europe’s new GDPR privacy protections, just days after CEO Pavel Durov alleged Apple was preventing Telegram from releasing updates worldwide at the behest of Russian censors.

Telegram CEO Says Apple Is Blocking Updates as Russia Tries to Ban the Messaging App Telegram CEO Says Apple Is Blocking Updates as Russia Tries to Ban the Messaging App

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov took to the encrypted messaging app today to explain why certain Telegram features aren’t working as expected on iOS 11.4, Apple’s most recent mobile OS update. In short, Durov says it’s Apple’s fault.

FBI Used Fake Statistics to Sell Its Need for Encryption Backdoors FBI Used Fake Statistics to Sell Its Need for Encryption Backdoors

For years, the FBI has claimed it needs a backdoor for encrypted devices because too much evidence is being lost in our brave new world. At the end of 2017, law enforcement began a new push, claiming there were 7,800 devices waiting to be cracked. Now it says there was a programming error and that number was totally…

It Looks Like Apple's Tool That Stops Cops From Hacking Your iPhone Isn't Coming to iOS 11.4 It Looks Like Apple's Tool That Stops Cops From Hacking Your iPhone Isn't Coming to iOS 11.4

Security researchers at a password-recovery firm claimed to have found an encryption feature in the beta of iOS 11.4 that would definitely make your device more secure and might even prevent authorities to use the cracking tools that have cropped up recently. Sadly, it appears the tool will not be included in the…

Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability they’re calling EFAIL that exposes the encrypted emails in plaintext, even for messages sent in the past.

Apple's iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week [Updated] Apple's iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week [Updated]

Apple’s latest move in its ongoing war of words with the FBI, National Security Agency, and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies over encryption is a feature that turns off USB data access on locked iOS devices.

Twitter Appears to Be Testing Encrypted Direct Messages Twitter Appears to Be Testing Encrypted Direct Messages

With Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Signal all offering various forms of encrypted messaging, Twitter has often seemed like the lone holdout. The company has been pressed to add an encryption option to its direct messaging—most notably by Edward Snowden—but the feature has yet to be introduced.

Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations

Slack, the messaging service of choice for tens of thousands of organizations, has given employers a considerable amount of access to the data and communications of employees. A new tool called Shhlack finally gives employees the power to shield their private conversations with end-to-end encryption.

Here's What Those New Full-Page Warnings in Chrome Mean Here's What Those New Full-Page Warnings in Chrome Mean

Google Chrome users will soon encounter a full-page warning whenever visiting a website whose SSL certificate is not registered with a public certificate log.

WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy

Jan Koum, the billionaire CEO of Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, is leaving the company following disputes over “the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption,” the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Russia Is Still Trashing Its Internet Two Weeks Into Its Failed Rampage Against Telegram Russia Is Still Trashing Its Internet Two Weeks Into Its Failed Rampage Against Telegram

Since Russia banned the Telegram messaging app, the government has embarked on a campaign of hitting itself in the face. The functionality of the Russian internet has been hobbled for two weeks as regulators wildly block IP addresses, and on Thursday a Kremlin spokesperson admitted he still uses Telegram. “It works…

Cops Acquire iPhone-Cracking Tools, Proving FBI's Effort to 'Backdoor' Encryption Is Dumber Than Ever Cops Acquire iPhone-Cracking Tools, Proving FBI's Effort to 'Backdoor' Encryption Is Dumber Than Ever

For more than a decade now, FBI directors have been ranting about investigators being cut off from prized intelligence sources thanks to the widespread adoption of digitally encrypted communications. The truth, of course, is that humanity’s ever-increasing reliance on the internet has given today’s Federal Bureau of…

ProtonMail Launches a Shorter Email Domain and Other New Features for Encryption Lovers ProtonMail Launches a Shorter Email Domain and Other New Features for Encryption Lovers

An encrypted email service widely used among journalists and political dissidents just got several new sick features, including, let’s be honest, the only thing we really care about: a shorter domain name.

The State Department Has Reportedly Purchased a $15,000 iPhone Encryption Cracking Device The State Department Has Reportedly Purchased a $15,000 iPhone Encryption Cracking Device

A department of the US State Department dedicated to diplomatic security has reportedly procured a $15,000, Apple TV-sized device its manufacturers advertise as being able to break iPhone encryption in anywhere from two hours to three days.

A White House Staffer Allegedly Left His Encrypted Email Login at a DC Bus Stop A White House Staffer Allegedly Left His Encrypted Email Login at a DC Bus Stop

This White House has had a lot of trouble with privacy and cybersecurity: Former communications director Hope Hicks lately claimed her email account was hacked, numerous staffers used possibly compromised personal email accounts despite the warnings of intelligence officials, and aides have repeatedly unintentionally…

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