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Apple hires mobile encryption pioneer amid encryption debate

Apple revealed that it rehired a mobile encryption pioneer as the company continues to face scrutiny from governments wanting more access to its products.

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New DMA Locker ransomware is ramping up for widespread attacks

A new ransomware program called DMA Locker has reached maturity and shows signs of being distributed in widespread attacks.

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TeslaCrypt victims can now decrypt their files for free

Victims of the widespread TeslaCrypt ransomware can now decrypt files affected by recent versions of the malicious program.

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An HTTPS hijacking click-fraud botnet now infects almost 1M computers

Over the past two years, a group of cybercriminals has infected almost 1 million computers with malware that hijacks search results, even when they're served over encrypted HTTPS connections.

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Researchers crack the latest version of CryptXXX ransomware

Researchers from Kaspersky Lab have developed a method of decrypting files affected with the latest version of CryptXXX, a malware program that combines ransomware and information stealing capabilities.

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What's WhatsApp's desktop app? A bloated, pointless, Windows/Mac download, that's what

WhatsApp now has a desktop app, for Windows 8 and up or Mac OS 10.9 and up. But as a 60 MB download, it's incredibly bloated, given its lack of functionality. I can't see the point of using this over the Web app. Can you?

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Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption, embrace other IT issues

U.S. presidential candidates should embrace encryption and narrow government access to Internet users' data as part of a comprehensive technology agenda, 13 IT trade groups recommended.

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Google turns on HTTPS for all blogspot blogs

All blogs hosted on Google's blogspot.com domain can now be accessed over an encrypted HTTPS connection.

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Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

It's no secret that quantum computers could render many of today's encryption methods useless, and now the National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the public to help it head off that threat.

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WhatsApp is/isn't blocked in Brazil

WhatsApp blocked in Brazil again, although each time it gets reconnected on appeal. A judge for one small Brazilian state ordered the messaging service blocked for three days across the entire country. Why?

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Microsoft to begin SHA-1 crypto shutoff with Windows 10's summer upgrade

Microsoft outlined the timetable it will use to drop browser support for sites that secure traffic with SHA-1 certificates, part of an Internet-wide plan to rid the Internet of the weaker encryption.

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Update: Craig Wright claims he is bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright is bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he has claimed on his personal blog and in media interviews.

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Toy maker's website pushed growing ransomware threat

The website of toy maker Maisto was infected with malicious code that distributed CryptXXX, a new and increasingly widespread ransomware program.

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U.S. no longer requires Apple's help to crack iPhone in New York case

The U.S. no longer requires Apple’s help to unlock an iPhone 5s phone running iOS 7 used by the accused in a drug investigation, stating that an “individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case.”

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This tool can block ransomware on Mac OS X, for now

A security researcher has created a free security tool that can detect attempts by ransomware programs to encrypt files on users' Macs and then block them before they do a lot of damage.

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EFF sues for info on gov't demands to decrypt communications

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its failure to disclose if Internet companies have been compelled to decrypt user data and communications.

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Lawmakers want a middle ground for law enforcement access to encryption

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, some lawmakers urged.

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Viber follows WhatsApp in adding end-to-end encryption to its messaging service

Viber, a popular instant messaging and voice-over-IP service provider with more than 700 million users, has implemented end-to-end encryption to protect its customers' communications against snooping.

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