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Tech giants, including Microsoft, file brief supporting Apple

Tech giants, including Microsoft, file brief supporting Apple

Although Apple has recently scored a victory in an almost similar case, its battle with the FBI in the San Bernardino case is yet to come to a head in a formal hearing a few weeks from now. Like a giant army slowly building up from different corners, tech companies have now formally rallied behind Apple's cause, filing amicus brief on the company's behalf. Among those who put their name on paper are some of the who's who in the industry, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Airbnb, Reddit, and, yes, Microsoft as well.

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Amazon nixes Fire tablet encryption as government battles on [UPDATE]

Amazon nixes Fire tablet encryption as government battles on [UPDATE]

Apple’s legal battle over encryption with governments around the world has received support from a bunch of companies, including Microsoft and Google. Meanwhile, Amazon has quietly removed support for encryption from Fire OS 5, forcing Fire tablet owners to either update and lose the encryption support or continue running an outdated version of the operating system.

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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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Catching up on Apple FBI case: an 8-point timeline

Catching up on Apple FBI case: an 8-point timeline

Today we're rounding up all the details regarding Apple's legal battle with the FBI over iPhone encryption. This includes the one-sentence filing made by attorneys representing Apple this week notifying the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that their clients "formally object" to an order to break in to an encrypted iPhone. Today we make it simple. Today we catch you up at the same time as we collect the data in one place for ourselves, as well.

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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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Apple speaks with congress, FBI continues fear-mongering

Apple speaks with congress, FBI continues fear-mongering

This afternoon the FBI and Apple spoke before a congressional panel regarding iPhone encryption. This case has to do with unlocking a singe iPhone, says the FBI, one owned by a San Bernardino shooter. After a New York Magistrate Judge (James Orenstein) ruled against the FBI on compelling Apple to unlock this iPhone, the FBI and Apple went to congress to continue to speak on the issue. Apple's arguments have been straightforward. The FBI's arguments have stacked with fear mongering statements aplenty.

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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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Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

When it comes to security of any kind, there is one place where you're most likely to find a vulnerability. I'm referring, of course, to the human element. Anytime you have a person standing between sensitive information and those with malicious intent, there is the possibility of error. The people at Snapchat learned this the hard way, over the weekend.

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UC Berkeley: 80,000 staff, students compromised by hack

UC Berkeley: 80,000 staff, students compromised by hack

UC Berkeley is the latest entity to disclose a cyberattack that has left, in this case, students, faculty, vendors and staff exposed. According to the university’s Janet Gilmore, public affairs, a “criminal cyberattack” was lobbed against one of the university’s systems that stores bank account numbers and Social Security numbers. As such, it is possible some of the 80,000 individuals could have had their data stolen, though there are no signs of such at this time.

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Apple files its response to court order, Google, Facebook to follow

Apple files its response to court order, Google, Facebook to follow

The heat hasn't cooled off in the fight between Apple and the FBI over the encrypted iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, a case that, due to the circumstances of the crime, has bled into mainstream media and divided not just companies but also citizens. Soon, however, the case might be taken to yet another step higher. Apple has just submitted it legal response to the federal court's order and, in turn, is asking the courts to vacate the order on the grounds that the government is overstepping its legal boundaries and is setting a chilling precedent.

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FBI denies Apple case will set precedent

FBI denies Apple case will set precedent

Apple's contends that the FBI's San Bernardino case will have them unlock many phones in the future - the FBI does not agree. FBI Director James Comey spoke with a congressional panel this Thursday, suggesting that Apple's assistance in unlocking the phone of one San Bernardino shooter would not open the doors to future unlocking of devices as such. This situation, he said, was "unlikely to be a trailblazer" for other cases. Apparently Comey had not spoken to the NYPD before the panel.

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Google opens Project Shield’s DDoS protection to all news websites

Google opens Project Shield’s DDoS protection to all news websites

Have you ever gone to visit one of your favorite sites, only to find that you can't connect? You'll quickly check another site, just to make sure that it's not your internet connection. Then, you'll assume that they're just having some server issues, and will just come back later. You might not realize it, but the site you were trying to visit was likely suffering from a DDoS attack.

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