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Privacy Shield, and the FBI Vs Apple

Posted by Kevin on March 9, 2016

Why does the European Commission continue to insist that Privacy Shield will protect European data from unauthorized US government access when anyone with half a brain cell knows it won’t? Here’s an example, somewhat abstracted from a report in Bloomberg. The FBI (you might possibly have already heard about this) is demanding that Apple develop […]

Apple Vs FBI: a rather cynical PR exercise

Posted by Kevin on March 2, 2016

A court has ordered Apple to unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernadino terrorist, Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple has so far declined to do this, and is appealing the decision – an appeal it seems willing to take all the way to the Supreme Court. The media has responded: this is Apple Vs FBI. […]

Applesauce, The Apple FBI Backdoor

Posted by Martin Zinaich on February 19, 2016

The Apple FBI Backdoor While the FBI has been after Apple to create a backdoor to iOS, this recent episode stems from the December attacked of Syed Rizwan Farook who killed 14. Farook had expressed support for the Islamic State on a Facebook page and there are still many questions about whom the shooter might […]

iPhone and the FBI backdoor

Posted by Kevin on February 17, 2016

Much is being written about the FBI’s court order instructing Apple to provide a backdoor into a terrorist’s iPhone. And much praise is being heaped upon Apple for its disinclination to do so. This disinclination is described by Tim Cook in a letter to Apple users: A Message to Our Customers. I think, however, it […]

UK Court of Appeal issues game changing judgment in Google Safari case

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 27, 2015

Where to start… For those who are unaware, in February 2012 Jonathon Mayer (a researcher at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society) discovered that Google were circumventing privacy settings in Apple’s Safari web browser. Mayer alleged that Google deliberately exploited a feature in Safari to bypass privacy settings designed to block third party cookies and […]

EU Data Centers are not safe from US Surveillance

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 10, 2015

Over the past 12 months I have noticed an increasingly worrying trend which is developing in the global technology arena and it is one which in my mind amounts to nothing less than a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers and businesses alike on the legal powers available to US law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Late […]

Putin bans Apple!

Posted by Kevin on November 6, 2014

Watch for the headlines in the western press over the next few days: Putin retaliates over western sanctions by banning Apple. That’s not quite what is happening. It is true that as things stand Russians will not be able to use iPhones and iPads from 1 January 2015 — but that’s not because Apple has […]

OS X malware: I hear you KnockKnocking but you can’t come in*

Posted by David Harley on October 29, 2014

Patrick Wardle’s KnockKnock is useful for the generic detection of OS X programs that maintain ‘persistence’, but it isn’t a replacement for anti-malware.

ITsecurity Daily News: 10/08/2014

Posted by Kevin on October 9, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Thursday, October 9, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News More than 30 police forces refuse to reveal uses of RIPA […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 09/30/2014

Posted by Kevin on September 30, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Tuesday, September 20, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News FBI’s Malware Investigator (for the public) still pending   The FBI […]