Triggered by efforts from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to find out if the cryptography community supports FBI Director Christopher Wray’s calls for backdoors into encryption, four cryptography experts signed a letter repudiating those calls, and they did so in a very poignant way.
Comments both critical and complimentary about Apple and Tim Cook were released in a cache of text messages released by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
John Bennett, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office, told Forbes, “We heart Apple. They train our cops.”
Citing more than 7,700 locked devices the FBI can’t get into, Director Christopher Wray said he doesn’t believe experts who claim you can’t weaken encryption without putting everyone at risk.
It covers everything from the day of incorporation in 2013 to November 30, 2017.
Concerned about your privacy on the web? You should be. There is an entire industry that involves tracking people, collecting data about them, and selling it to the highest bidder.
A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on Net Neutrality. They cap the show with the observation that Apple’s AR goggle project appears to be back on.
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at a report from a security company that hacked the iPhone X Face ID, plus they discuss the DOJ’s new push for encryption back doors.
Bryan Chaffin called this on Tuesday, and right on cue, the Trump Department of Justice is claiming that strong encryption “surely costs lives.”
The false dichotomy that we must choose between privacy and safety when it comes to encryption has once again reared its ugly head, and Bryan and Jeff discuss why that’s so dangerous. They also look at how Apple was affected by the so-called Paradise Papers, and discuss Jeff’s initial impressions of the iPhone X. For added fun, Jeff mocks Bryan for not having his iPhone X yet.
The FBI is already blaming encryption on an unspecified smartphone for not being able to get to the shooter’s data, and the call is being picked up on cable news networks even now.
There are features for advanced users who may already have a PGP key set up, and beginners who just want it handled automatically.
Apple has updated its privacy page with new information and product images. First launched in 2015, Apple shares how the company manages the privacy of its customers.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about new Apple Watch workout types hidden in iOS 11, plus they share their thoughts on the NSA using stylometry to identify people.
Phone Breaker allows anyone with login information to extract data from iPhones and iPads that was previously considered inaccessible.
Bryan Chaffin loves Lava Lamps and used to own a half dozen of them, but who knew they could be one of the keys to encryption?
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort out the news that the encryption key for the iPhone and iPad Secure Enclave has been released on the internet, and they also look at Apple’s US$1 billion investment in original programming for Apple Music.
You’ll be astonished at the improvements a native way of encrypting things can make.
When politicians propose that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone for law enforcement, we write off their idea as ill-informed. So why do they persist?
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss Australia’s push for encryption back doors, plus the look back at this year’s Macstock conference.