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ZTE gets temp export license following Iran violations

ZTE gets temp export license following Iran violations

Earlier this month, news surfaced that Chinese smartphone maker ZTE could be hot water with the US government over the alleged violation of sanctions against Iran back in 2012. Soon after, the government hit ZTE with severe export restrictions, something the company is getting a three-month reprieve from starting this month. If ZTE proves cooperative, the deal may be extended.

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FBI says it may have a way to access shooter’s iPhone

FBI says it may have a way to access shooter’s iPhone

Surprise! The FBI has made a big production of trying to force Apple’s hand in unlocking an iPhone, Apple has waged a big legal battle to keep the government out of its users’ phones, and Snowden has claimed the FBI has been able to unlock the phone all along. It’s a revolving circus of serious litigation and possible precedent-setting court rulings, and it has just presented a big plot twist: the FBI may have just found a way to crack the iPhone, a new court document reveals.

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Google adds election funding data cards to Search

Google adds election funding data cards to Search

Google has been adding information on presidential debates, candidates, and other political activities to Search over the past few months, and this week marked yet another update. This time around, Google has added information on candidate funding, making it easy for voters to find out where a particular politician is getting his or her money. As well, Google Search also now shows how one politician is trending in relation to another.

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Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged in the hacking case that saw hundreds of private photos from celebrities stolen from their iCloud and other cloud storage accounts and posted online in the fall of 2014. The US Department of Justice says 36-year-old Ryan Collins is facing felony computer hacking charges after he broke into more than 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. He has agreed to plead guilty, and is expected serve at least 18 months in prison.

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Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

If you weren't already convinced one way or the other about the Apple FBI encryption case, today "Last Week Tonight" will do that job for you. John Oliver tackles encryption, showing how the situation has played out so far and how absurd everything has been. In this Last Week Tonight, like all Last Week Tonight episodes, Oliver not only takes the case and makes it all simple enough for any person to understand, he drops the mic at the end as well.

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IRS suspends PIN tool following 800 fraud attempts

IRS suspends PIN tool following 800 fraud attempts

The IRS, victim of at least one hack, has temporarily suspended its Identity Protection PIN tool. The agency cites more than 800 fraudulent reports it had blocked up to the end of February, and says it is working on increasing its security measures to further protect against such fraud attempts. The tool was suspended on Monday — it isn’t clear when it will be reinstated, but until then taxpayers must call the IRS to retrieve their lost numbers.

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DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

A final ruling has been made about e-cigarette use on commercial flights: they’re banned and you'll get in big trouble for violating the ban. The ruling surprises exactly no one, but had to be made, as some travelers have eschewed common sense to use the 'vaping' devices during their flights. The DOT announced the final rule today, with the agency applying the same rules to e-cigarettes that it has for regular cigarettes.

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Gov’s ‘Hack the Pentagon’ pits hackers against DoD sites

Gov’s ‘Hack the Pentagon’ pits hackers against DoD sites

The U.S. government has announced a new pilot project called ‘Hack the Pentagon’ that will pit select hackers against various Department of Defense websites. The program is an effort to test the security of public DoD websites, and will give hackers a chance to show their skills by uncovering potential security issues that could be exploited in a cyberattack. The Pentagon hasn't worked out all the details yet, but expects thousands of hackers to take part.

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Apple faces €1m fine per iPhone unlocking refusal in France

Apple faces €1m fine per iPhone unlocking refusal in France

Despite its victory in court yesterday, Apple is still facing an uphill battle when it comes to iPhones, encryption, and the company’s staunch refusal to obey every unlock order that comes its way. France has proposed a million Euro fine for every iPhone the company refuses to unlock. The same penalty could apply to Google under similar conditions, and is being considered as a way to strong arm companies into giving governments access to suspected terrorists’ smartphone data.

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Judge: Apple can’t be forced to unlock iPhones under All Writs Act

Judge: Apple can’t be forced to unlock iPhones under All Writs Act

In a case unrelated but entirely relevant to the San Bernardino legal battle, a New York judge has just ruled that Apple cannot be forced to unlock an iPhone for the FBI under the All Writs Act, something George Washington himself had signed into law back in 1789. In this case, the matter revolves around an iPhone belonging to Jun Feng of Queens, New York. The DEA seized his phone while executing a search warrant on Feng’s home back in 2014. When it came time to search the phone, though, law enforcement was stopped by an increasingly contentious issue: the phone was, and still is, encrypted.

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Apple’s Tim Cook explains that FBI request is like ‘software cancer’ in interview

Apple’s Tim Cook explains that FBI request is like ‘software cancer’ in interview

Apple CEO Time Cook appeared on ABC World News Tonight last night, and in a 30-minute interview with David Muir, he goes into detail about Apple's stance encryption, as well as why they will not give in to the FBI's demands for backdoor access into an iPhone that belonged to a terrorist. The television broadcast of the program only included a small portion of the interview, but ABC has now posted it online in full, and it's a must-watch for anyone closely following the Apple/FBI topic, as well as the larger issue of privacy and the government.

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In defiance, Apple works on making iPhone harder to hack

In defiance, Apple works on making iPhone harder to hack

Following the hoopla concerning Apple’s battle with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone comes a new report claiming the company is working on the development of new security measures that’ll prevent it — and the government — from breaching the phones. This will be a big blow for law enforcement and various government agencies, which have sought backdoors to the encryption.

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