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New bill will force companies to unlock phones in ‘timely’ manner

New bill will force companies to unlock phones in ‘timely’ manner

Earlier today, a new bill proposed by Senators Richard Burr and Diane Feinstein was published that seeks to force companies to unlock phones for law enforcement when ordered to do so. The bill has already been criticized as excessively vague (and therefore broad) in scope, and the Obama administration has reportedly stated it will not support the bill. While the legislation doesn't propose penalties against companies that can't provide the requested data or assistance, it will require them to hand over or unlock data and devices if they have the technical means to do so.

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Clinton official says “American people can handle the truth” about Area 51

Clinton official says “American people can handle the truth” about Area 51

Not only are we speaking about aliens when it comes to potential targets for space exploration in our Science department - we've got a presidential candidate who wants to uncover THE TRUTH as well. While this began as a bit of a joke on the part of Hillary Clinton, it's become far more real now that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta has made public comments with CNN.

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FBI’s iPhone-cracking trick unlikely to remain secret for long

FBI’s iPhone-cracking trick unlikely to remain secret for long

The ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI over bypassing an iPhone's security during a criminal investigation took an interesting turn last week, when the government abruptly dropped its court appointment, saying it had found another method to get inside the iPhone 5c at the middle of San Bernardino terrorism case. Unfortunately for the FBI, this new trick for bypassing Apple's encryption is unlikely to remain a secret for long.

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Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

In December, news surfaced that Egypt had shut down Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service, news that itself followed the social network’s troubles in India. The move was a sudden one, and officials made no public announcements about their reason for pulling the plug. According to new sources who have surfaced, Free Basics was canned because Egyptian government officials wanted access to spy on users, something Facebook reportedly rejected.

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Report: FBI cracked shooter’s iPhone, will drop case against Apple [update]

Report: FBI cracked shooter’s iPhone, will drop case against Apple [update]

According to an unnamed government official, the FBI has successfully cracked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone and will be dropping its legal case against Apple. News surfaced exactly one week ago that a third party had presented a possible method for bypassing the phone’s security. The legal case was put on hold while the agency tried it out, and now, says the source, the Department of Justice will soon withdraw its legal pursuit of Apple.

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New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

Burner phones are still as easily accessible as ever — you just head to your nearest convenience or big-box store, pick up a cheap prepaid phone and a phone card, and like magic you have a completely useable phone sans any identification records. It's a great thing if you're in a bind and in need of a last-minute phone, but not so great if you're law enforcement trying to hunt down potential criminals.

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Gmail security gets new spy warning, Safe Browsing alerts

Gmail security gets new spy warning, Safe Browsing alerts

Google is rolling out additional security features in Gmail, boosting the information users get about any nefarious activities that are going on. As well, the Internet giant has also teamed up with some other big players like Microsoft and Comcast to submit a draft IETF specification for “SMTP Strict Transport Security,” says Google. This is in response to an issue it sees with email encryption — namely, there are ways someone could “still tamper with” email encryption even if the user is sending mail over an encrypted connection.

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DoJ issues arrest warrants for alleged Syrian Electronic Army hackers

DoJ issues arrest warrants for alleged Syrian Electronic Army hackers

The Department of Justice has unsealed a pair of criminal complaints against three Syrian nationals said to be former and/or current members of the Syrian Electronic Army. The documents were unsealed in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, and detail charges of conspiracies related to computer hacking, says the DoJ. Joining them are alleged instances of a terrorist attack hoax, an attempt to cause mutiny in the U.S. military, and more.

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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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