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Ploy to Break Encryption

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This is part one of a four-part series where security expert Jon Callas breaks down the fatal flaws of a recent proposal to add a secret user — the government — to our encrypted conversations. Twenty-five years ago, the FBI decided it needed a surveillance system built into the nation’s telephone network to enable it to listen […]

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The Five Eyes Statement on Encryption

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The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence. Earlier this September, law enforcement officials from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance — made up […]

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Tell me a secret…

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…and I’ll explain how encrypted messaging works. If you send a message using end-to-end encrypted messaging apps — like iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal or Wickr — it’s basically impossible for law enforcement agencies (or anyone else) to intercept and read it. You won’t be surprised to hear they’re not too happy about that. But do you […]

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End-to-end encryption

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Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular people’s ability to communicate securely online. End-to-end is important, but security experts have warned for years that the most vulnerable place for your data is not during transit from place to place, but rather […]