Midnight In The Desert — encryption

Encryption Explained for the Less Tech Savvy

Posted by K R on

Encryption Explained for the Less Tech Savvy

Encryption and how you control data your is a hot topic right now, but understanding encryption and how it relates to your personal data is confusing. YouTuber CGP Grey explains encryption, as well as some of the issues up for debate right now, as simply as possible. Encryption, privacy, security, and how it all relates to each other is notoriously complicated to understand. CGP Grey explains the basics of encryption, how digital locks relate to real world locks from a legal perspective, and touches on a lot of the debate happening right now. It does so in a way that...

Read more →

Senate to Americans: Your security is not our problem

Posted by K R on

Senate to Americans: Your security is not our problem

The Senate Intelligence Committee just released a draft of long-awaited legislation to tackle the problem authorities have with encrypted communications. Namely, because encryption is so secure, it interferes with court orders in the same way private property poses problems for police who just want to get things done. The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 authored by Sens Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., mandates companies to shoulder the technical burden of accessing encrypted emails or files when investigators issue court orders. It doesn't specify penalties for noncompliance. When CCOA hit the internet this week, lots of techies,...

Read more →

What You Should Know About Congress's Latest Attempt to Criminalize Encryption

Posted by K R on

What You Should Know About Congress's Latest Attempt to Criminalize Encryption

A new draft bill in Congress will force tech companies to undermine or break their own security features and encryption anytime law enforcement asks them to. Sound terrible? It is. Here’s what the bill says, and what you can do about it. For those just catching up, Apple and the FBI had a big legal throwdown recently over an iPhone owned by Syed Rizwan Farook, the gunman in the San Bernandino mass shooting. The FBI demanded that Apple create a tool to get around the phone’s PIN lock. Apple argued this was an undue burden and would weaken the security...

Read more →

John McAfee better prepare to eat a shoe because he doesn’t know how iPhones work

Posted by K R on

John McAfee better prepare to eat a shoe because he doesn’t know how iPhones work

Former antivirus developer and presidential wannabe John McAfee claimed a couple of weeks ago to have the perfect solution to the FBI-Apple stand-off. He offered to crack the iPhone for the FBI for free. This would let the government agency gain access to the phone while freeing Apple from any demands to assist. So confident was McAfee of his ability to help out that he said he'd eat a shoe on TV if he couldn't get into the phone. It will probably not come as much of a surprise to anyone to learn that the FBI has not been beating...

Read more →

Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

Posted by K R on

Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

AMERICAN POLITICS HAS long accepted the strange notion that just a pair of states—namely Iowa and New Hampshire—get an outsize vote in choosing America’s next president. The idea of letting just two states choose whether we all get to have secure encryption on our smartphones, on the other hand, has no such track record. And it’s not a plan that seems to make much sense for anyone: phone manufacturers, consumers, or even the law enforcement officials it’s meant to empower. Last week, a California state legislator introduced a bill that would ban the retail sale of smartphones with that full-disk...

Read more →