Obama: “China, don’t you dare make us put backdoors in our software!” (That’s our job…)

China and the United States are at loggerheads over Beijing’s plan to force technology companies to share their encryption keys, and put backdoors into their software, if they wish to sell into China.

After all, that would never be proposed by a Western government, would it..?

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And it’s goodbye to HTTP from this website…

Graham Cluley’s security website goes HTTPS… for your private viewing pleasure.

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FREAK attack: What is it? Here’s what you need to know

FREAK, a newly-discovered flaw in SSL/TLS, the technology which is supposed to secure your communications across the net, has been discovered.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Google does a U-turn over Android Lollipop full disk encryption

Ever felt let down by someone who you made a promise, and then broke it? That’s what millions of Android users must be feeling right now when it comes to Google and Android.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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If China or Russia had compromised every mobile phone, *then* would the authorities take it more seriously?

Gemalto says it was hacked, and believes it could have been the NSA or GCHQ who did it.

So how should different countries respond to the reports that secure mobile phone communications may now be compromised? Watch this video to see what Australian spooks had to say.

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SIM-maker Gemalto admits it was hacked, but downplays seriousness

The world’s largest SIM manufacturer has provided details to the press about its investigation into the alleged hacking by NSA and GCHQ, concluding that it believes its SIM cards are secure.

Read more on the Hot for Security blog.

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Spies in your SIM card? After alleged hack by NSA and GCHQ, manufacturer says its SIMs are secure

Gemalto says it will reveal later this week details of its investigation into an alleged hack by the NSA and GCHQ.

The firm, which makes billions of SIM cards each year, and counts 450 mobile operators as clients, is said to have been attacked in 2010-2011.

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President Obama says he leans more towards strong encryption than law enforcement

“There’s no scenario in which we don’t want really strong encryption,” says US President Barack Obama.

And I love him for saying it.

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Investors fear huge losses after BitCoin exchange MyCoin vanishes

According to local media reports, Bitcoin exchange MyCoin has disappeared in a puff of virtual digital smoke, taking with it possibly as much as US $387 million in funds belonging to as many as 3000 local investors.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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China demands backdoor into foreign software to “strengthen cybersecurity”

China appears to be demanding that software and technology companies build backdoors into their code in order to allow it to monitor for terrorist activity.

Oddly, that seems eerily similar to what UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently proposed…

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HipChat hack leads to precautionary password reset

Use HipChat? Be aware that hackers have accessed the names, usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords for some users.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

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Kim Dotcom reveals his end-to-end encrypted video chat service, MegaChat

The ever-controversial hacker-turned-millionaire-entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has announced the public beta launch of an end-to-end encrypted audio and video chat service, which he calls MegaChat.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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The EFF’s secure messaging scorecard. Which app will you use?

The Electronic Freedom Foundation attempts to determine which secure messaging solutions are actually secure.

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Competition: Design the UK’s crypto-open-backdoor stamp of approval!

Help the UK government show the British people which apps they should use for (in)secure messaging.

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Wanted: end-to-end encryption (with a backdoor for this guy)

The UK’s Prime Minister thinks it would be a good idea to either make secure communication apps unlawful, or force them to contain a backdoor which the police and intelligence agencies could exploit.

Is he bonkers?

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Take that FBI! OS X Yosemite encrypts disks by default, better protecting privacy

With the release of OS X Yosemite, Apple has blown a loud raspberry in the direction of law enforcement agencies and data thieves round the world.

Learn more by reading my article on the Intego Mac Security blog.

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