Category: Security

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July 2, 2020

Police roll up crime networks in Europe after infiltrating popular encrypted chat app

Hundreds of alleged drug dealers and other criminals are in custody today after police in Europe infiltrated an encrypted chat system reportedly used by thousands to discuss illegal operations. The total failure of this ostensibly secure method of communication will likely have a chilling effect...


by Devin Coldewey in encrochat
June 11, 2020

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amid nationwide protests over police brutality, the company is stopping law enforcement from using its most controversial product.


by Louise Matsakis in Business
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June 4, 2020

Signal now has built-in face blurring for photos

Apps like Signal are proving invaluable in these days of unrest, and anything we can do to simplify and secure the way we share sensitive information is welcome. To that end Signal has added the ability to blur faces in photos sent via the app,...


by Devin Coldewey in Apps
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June 2, 2020

Decrypted: iOS 13.5 jailbreak, FBI slams Apple, VCs talk cybersecurity

It was a busy week in security. Newly released documents shown exclusively to TechCrunch show that U.S. immigration authorities used a controversial cell phone snooping technology known as a “stingray” hundreds of times in the past three years. Also, if you haven’t updated your Android...


by Zack Whittaker in Android
June 1, 2020

This Bot Hunts Software Bugs for the Pentagon

Mayhem emerged from a 2016 government-sponsored contest at a Las Vegas casino hotel. Now it’s used by the military—and Netflix.


by Tom Simonite in Business
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May 19, 2020

Decrypted: No warrants for web data, UK grid cyberattack, CyberArk buys Idaptive

One vote. That’s all it needed for a bipartisan Senate amendment to pass that would have stopped federal authorities from further accessing millions of Americans’ browsing records. But it didn’t. One Republican was in quarantine, another was AWOL. Two Democratic senators — including former presidential...


by Zack Whittaker in california
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April 23, 2020

Daily Crunch: There’s a major iPhone email security bug

Apple plans to fix an iPhone email security bug, Magic Leap cuts 1,000 staffers and Google is requiring all advertisers to identify themselves. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 23, 2020. 1. A new iPhone email security bug may let hackers steal private data According...


by Anthony Ha in Apple
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April 17, 2020

Leaked pics reveal Google smart debit card to rival Apple’s

Would you pay with a “Google Card?” TechCrunch has attained imagery that shows Google is developing its own physical and virtual debit cards. The Google card and associated checking account will allow users to buy things with a card, mobile phone or online. It connects...


by Josh Constine in Apple Card