Police Acquire iPhone-Cracking Tools, Proving FBI’s Effort to ‘Backdoor’ Encryption Is Dumber Than Ever

For more than a decade now, FBI directors have been ranting about investigators being cut off from prized intelligence sources thanks to the widespread adoption of digitally encrypted communications. The truth, of course, is that humanity’s ever-increasing reliance on the internet has given today’s Federal Bureau of Investigation access to more data than its disreputable predecessors would’ve ever dreamed possible. The notion that technology such as smartphones and the internet have made information-gathering more difficult is a view expressed solely by the FBI in an ominous scenario it likes to call “Going Dark.” Read More >>

ProtonMail Launches a Shorter Email Domain and Other New Features for Encryption Lovers

An encrypted email service widely used among journalists and political dissidents just got several new sick features, including, let’s be honest, the only thing we really care about: a shorter domain name. Read More >>

The US State Department Has Reportedly Purchased a £10,500 iPhone Encryption Cracking Device

A department of the US State Department dedicated to diplomatic security has reportedly procured a $15,000 (£10,500) Apple TV-sized device its manufacturers advertise as being able to break iPhone encryption in anywhere from two hours to three days. Read More >>

Turkey Blocks Encrypted Email Service ProtonMail

The Turkish government is reportedly blocking the use of ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email service. Read More >>

Wickr Just Made It Easier to Keep Snoops Out of Your Next Conference Call

In July, Wickr announced that its paying users could make encrypted conference calls. For a company prioritising businesses over consumers, this was a crucial development. But it also helped Wickr stand out from other secure messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp, which have yet to roll out encrypted group calls. And on Friday, Wickr made the feature available to all its users. Read More >>

WhatsApp Co-Founder Injects Signal With £36 Million to Make Encrypted Messaging ‘Ubiquitous’

The creators of Signal, the encrypted messaging app widely used throughout the security community—as well as by journalists, activists, and others seeking to stymie government surveillance—announced on Wednesday a major shift to the organisation’s makeup. Read More >>

Bill Gates Seems to Think Apple Should Just Put a Backdoor in the iPhone

Bill Gates thinks Silicon Valley isn’t worried enough about government regulation. In a new interview, he warned that big tech companies are being reckless in their support for end-to-end encryption, and he made some cryptic comments about Apple. Read More >>

Skype and Signal Are Partnering on End-to-End Encryption

While messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo have all incorporated end-to-end encryption into their products over the last few years, Skype has lagged behind. But now that’s changing—Skype is adding end-to-end encrypted messaging, with the help of Signal. Read More >>

One of the Secrets Guarding the Secure Internet Is a Wall of Lava Lamps

Cloudflare provides security and domain name services for millions of the most prominent sites on the web. The company has built a solid reputation for its secure encryption and one of the key factors in its system is a wall of 100 lava lamps in the lobby of its San Francisco headquarters. Read More >>

The FBI Can’t Stop Fearmongering About Encryption

Never in the past century has the FBI ever had greater access to consumer data than it does today. It has never been easier to locate a person of interest—be it a terrorist, a counterfeiter, or a child predator. The quickening pace of technology has given rise to new forms of surveillance, the likes of which, two decades ago, no federal agent would’ve ever thought possible. Read More >>

Why You Should Be Encrypting Your Devices and How to Easily Do It

Is the data on your phone or laptop encrypted? Should it be? And what does encrypting your data do to it anyway? Here we’ll explain the ins and outs of encryption, and how you can make sure that everything in your digital life is safe from prying eyes. Read More >>

Former MI5 Boss: “I’m Not One of Those Who Believes We Should Weaken Encryption”

When it comes to the topic of encryption, or more specifically encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp, our government doesn't have the best track record. Read More >>

Amber Rudd’s Been Saying More Stupid Things About Encryption

Amber Rudd has been flapping her big stupid mouth again, making more stupid comments about encryption that do little more than prove she has no idea what she's talking about. Today, in her latest quest to undermine encryption, she claimed that "real people" don't need end-to-end encryption. Read More >>

Australia Looking To Ban Encryption, Claims Maths Doesn’t Apply Down Under

The Australian government is currently seeking the ability to inspect messages sent by its citizens, even if those messages are encrypted. Like the UK, the Australian government feels that it would be able to prevent more terror attacks if it could have a backdoor into people's messaging apps. The Australian Attorney General, George Brandis, has also claimed that British spooks at GCHQ have the ability to crack end-to-end encryption. Read More >>