NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet

The supercomputer described in the trove, “WindsorGreen,” was a system designed to excel at the sort of complex mathematics that underlies encryption, the technology that keeps data private, and almost certainly intended for use by the Defense Department’s signals intelligence wing, the National Security Agency. WindsorGreen was the successor to another password-cracking machine used by the NSA, “WindsorBlue,” which was also documented in the material leaked from NYU and which had been previously described in the Norwegian press thanks to a document provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Both systems were intended for use by the Pentagon and a select few other Western governments, including Canada and Norway.

Fuente: NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet


Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World

In mid-April, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

Fuente: Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World


Microsoft responsabiliza a la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional de EE.UU. de propiciar el ciberataque masivo que afectó al menos a 150 países – El Mostrador

El gigante de la informática criticó el papel de los gobiernos y organizaciones que coleccionan vulnerabilidades informáticas que después pueden ser robadas o vendidas a delincuentes informáticos. La empresa pide que lo sucedido sea una lección para erradicar esta práctica en el mundo.

Fuente: Microsoft responsabiliza a la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional de EE.UU. de propiciar el ciberataque masivo que afectó al menos a 150 países – El Mostrador


The Strangers Who Got Snowden’s Secrets in the Mail

The story of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of NSA secrets to the press has been told and retold in books, films, and countless articles. Left unreported has been the quiet role of two journalists who literally had Snowden material mailed to them in a cardboard box.

Fuente: The Strangers Who Got Snowden’s Secrets in the Mail


Gobiernos en guerra contra WhatsApp por su cifrado de extremo a extremo – El Mostrador

Tras el ataque al Parlamento Británico ocurrido la semana pasada, los políticos británicos han exigido que Whatsapp y otras aplicaciones de mensajería instantánea proporcionen acceso a la policía y fuerzas de seguridad para así poder monitorear conversaciones terroristas. Sin embargo, los expertos en tecnología discuten que abrir las “puertas traseras” de los servicios de mensajería popular, las cuales usan cifrado de extremo a extremo, arrojaría una serie de problemas.

Fuente: Gobiernos en guerra contra WhatsApp por su cifrado de extremo a extremo – El Mostrador


New York’s New Digital Crime Lab Is a Forensic Marvel

In an exclusive tour of the new lab, Fortune got a glimpse of Law & Order in the digital age. The lab is Exhibit A in how America’s biggest city is embracing big data analytics and a dash of hacker culture to solve complex crimes. It also raises hard questions about how to balance these sophisticated crime-fighting tools with civil liberties.

Fuente: New York’s New Digital Crime Lab Is a Forensic Marvel


Hillary Clinton’s Encryption Proposal Was “Impossible,” Said Top Adviser

Hillary Clinton’s advisers recognized that her policy position on encryption was problematic, with one writing that it was tantamount to insisting that there was “‘some way’ to do the impossible.”Instead, according to campaign emails released by Wikileaks, they suggested that the campaign signal its willingness to use “malware” or “super code breaking by the NSA” to get around encryption.

Fuente: Hillary Clinton’s Encryption Proposal Was “Impossible,” Said Top Adviser


Yahoo may have let the government spy on emails. Now will we embrace encryption? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

Finally, Yahoo’s possible betrayal of its users is another example of why whistleblowers and leaks to the press are so important. The US government considers this type of surveillance “legal” even though it shocks the conscience of many ordinary Americans and dozens of civil liberties groups have been attempting to have courts rule it illegal for years.

Fuente: Yahoo may have let the government spy on emails. Now will we embrace encryption? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian


FBI’s Secret Surveillance Tech Budget Is ‘Hundreds of Millions’

The FBI has “hundreds of millions of dollars” to spend on developing technology for use in both national security and domestic law enforcement investigations — but it won’t reveal the exact amount.

Fuente: FBI’s Secret Surveillance Tech Budget Is ‘Hundreds of Millions’


Take that, FBI: Apple goes all in on encryption | Technology | The Guardian

The new feature is just the latest move towards more widespread encryption in consumer technology products following Apple’s standoff with the FBI earlier in 2016, in which it refused to help the agency weaken its own security processes to access information on an iPhone belonging to a terrorist. Facebook and Google both pledged support for Apple during the fight, and both are subsequently reported to be planning encrypted versions of their messaging apps.

Fuente: Take that, FBI: Apple goes all in on encryption | Technology | The Guardian


Court refuses request to force alleged hacker to divulge passwords | Technology | The Guardian

An alleged hacker fighting extradition to the US will not have to give the passwords for his encrypted computers to British law enforcement officers, following a landmark legal ruling.

Fuente: Court refuses request to force alleged hacker to divulge passwords | Technology | The Guardian


Child porn suspect jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives | Ars Technica

A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives.

Fuente: Child porn suspect jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives | Ars Technica


La Justicia brasileña ordena de nuevo el bloqueo de WhatsApp durante 72 horas

El motivo es el incumplimiento por parte de WhatsApp de órdenes judiciales que obligan a la empresa a romper el sigilo de mensajes enviados por supuestos narcotraficantes a través de la aplicación, propiedad de Facebook

Fuente: La Justicia brasileña ordena de nuevo el bloqueo de WhatsApp durante 72 horas


‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate

Encryption is finally mainstream.Government officials and technologists have been debating since the early 1990s whether to limit the strength of encryption to help the law-enforcement and intelligence communities monitor suspects’ communications. But until early 2016, this was a mostly esoteric fight, relegated to academic conferences, security agencies’ C-suites, and the back rooms of Capitol Hill.Everything changed in mid-February, when President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, investigating the terrorists who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shooting, asked a federal judge to force Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock one attacker’s iPhone.What followed was an unexpectedly rancorous and unprecedentedly public fight over how far the government should go to pierce and degrade commercial security technology in its quest to protect Americans from terrorism.

Fuente: ‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate


Snowden Debates CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Encryption

NSA whistleblower and privacy advocate Edward Snowden took part in his first public debate on encryption on Tuesday night, facing off against CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, a journalist and author known for his coverage of international affairs.

Fuente: Snowden Debates CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Encryption


With Facebook No Longer a Secret Weapon, Egypt’s Protesters Turn to Signal

Although the police in Cairo sealed off parts of the Egyptian capital where protests scheduled on Facebook were to have taken place on Monday, opposition activists managed to stage brief rallies that resembled flash mobs, calling for an end to military rule and the cancellation of a deal to surrender two islands to Saudi Arabia.The fact that Facebook is now so closely monitored by the security forces prompted one leading activist to offer an online tutorial in how to use a new tool, the encrypted messaging app Signal, to help protesters find each other on the city’s streets, and stay one step ahead of the authorities.

Fuente: With Facebook No Longer a Secret Weapon, Egypt’s Protesters Turn to Signal


Ron Wyden vows to filibuster anti-cryptography bill / Boing Boing

Senators Richard Burr [R-NC] and Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] finally introduced their long-rumored anti-crypto bill, which will ban US companies from making products with working cryptography, mandating that US-made products have some way to decrypt information without the user’s permission.

Fuente: Ron Wyden vows to filibuster anti-cryptography bill / Boing Boing


¿Cómo se verifica que yo soy yo en Internet? Una mirada a los proyectos de identificación electrónica en la región « Digital Rights

A medida que aumenta la penetración de Internet y se incrementan los trámites que el gobierno nos ofrece por este medio, aumenta el problema para definir cuáles son los procesos válidos para la autenticación electrónica de usuarios, su identificación y las firmas electrónicas de documentos que se requieren en los diferentes trámites. Sobre todo porque en el mundo crece la suplantación y el robo de identidad asociados a fraudes.

Fuente: ¿Cómo se verifica que yo soy yo en Internet? Una mirada a los proyectos de identificación electrónica en la región « Digital Rights


Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador

Si bien estos casos judiciales destacados han sumado impulso, la ofensiva del sector contra la intrusión gubernamental en la información privada de los clientes comenzó hace al menos dos años, luego de las revelaciones de Edward Snowden sobre la recolección encubierta de datos que pusieron a todos a la defensiva.

Fuente: Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador


La clave de cifrado global de BlackBerry, en manos de la polícia

Problemas para BlackBerry. Mientras Apple lucha en los tribunales -y fuera de ellos- para proteger la privacidad de los usuarios, Vice News desvela, a través de documentos por un caso de asesinato, cómo la Policía Canadiense habría obtenido la clave de cifrado global de BlackBerry, haciendo de la seguridad del sistema… algo prácticamente inservible y al servicio de las fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad de Canadá. ¿Y lo peor del asunto? según fuentes de Vice, poseen esta clave desde 2010.

Fuente: La clave de cifrado global de BlackBerry, en manos de la polícia


Forget Apple's fight with the FBI – our privacy catastrophe has only just begun | Technology | The Guardian

The privacy crisis is a disaster of our own making – and now the tech firms who gathered our data are trying to make money out of privacy

Fuente: Forget Apple’s fight with the FBI – our privacy catastrophe has only just begun | Technology | The Guardian


Obama Wants Nonexistent Middle Ground on Encryption, Warns Against “Fetishizing Our Phones”

Obama’s first extended disquisition on the contentious issue of encryption suggests he’s only been listening to one side.

Fuente: Obama Wants Nonexistent Middle Ground on Encryption, Warns Against “Fetishizing Our Phones”


Snowden: FBI's claim it can't unlock the San Bernardino iPhone is 'bullshit' | Technology | The Guardian

NSA whistleblower rubbishes claims that only Apple can unlock killer’s iPhone 5C, indicating FBI has the means itself

Fuente: Snowden: FBI’s claim it can’t unlock the San Bernardino iPhone is ‘bullshit’ | Technology | The Guardian


NSA Is Mysteriously Absent From FBI-Apple Fight

The Federal Bureau of Investigation insisted that it was helpless. The bureau told a judge in February that Apple has the “exclusive technical means” to try to unlock the contents of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone — and that’s why it should be forced to do so. But notably missing from the FBI’s argument was any mention of whether it had consulted spies and sleuths from the government’s intelligence community — particularly the National Security Agency. The Twitterverse exploded with q

Fuente: NSA Is Mysteriously Absent From FBI-Apple Fight


Apple gains support from tech rivals in FBI case – FT.com

ft.com > Companies >TechnologySubscribe Sign in Home World Companies Energy Financials Health Industrials Luxury 360 Media Retail & Consumer Tech Telecoms Transport By Region Tools Markets Global Economy Lex Comment Management Life & Arts March 4, 2016 2:25 amApple gains support from tech rivals in FBI caseTim Bradshaw in San Francisco Share Print Clip CommentsFBI and Apple logos©FBI/AppleAmerica’s largest technology companies have joined Apple’s fight against the government over data protection and security, in an unusual display of unity by the Silicon Valley rivals.More than a dozen motions filed on Thursday sided with Apple as it tries to resist a demand to write software that would help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Civil liberties groups and IT trade associations lined up alongside dozens of law professors and cryptography experts, after Apple filed its own motion for the judicial order to be withdrawn last week.

Fuente: Apple gains support from tech rivals in FBI case – FT.com


What has the FBI ordered Apple to do and why is it refusing? – FT.com

What has Apple been ordered to do?The US court has told Apple to write a piece of software that lowers an iPhone’s defences, enabling the FBI to use brute force to break in by bombarding the device with many possible passwords until it gets the right answer. The new tool would do three things:

Fuente: What has the FBI ordered Apple to do and why is it refusing? – FT.com


EFF, ACLU, and Amnesty International voice support for Apple in FBI battle | The Verge

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Amnesty International have come out in support of Apple, after the company said it would contest a judge’s order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Fuente: EFF, ACLU, and Amnesty International voice support for Apple in FBI battle | The Verge


Apple’s FBI Battle Is Complicated. Here’s What’s Really Going On | WIRED

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and also generated some misinformation.  In the interest of clarifying the facts and correcting some misinformation, we’ve pulled together a summary of the issues at hand.

Fuente: Apple’s FBI Battle Is Complicated. Here’s What’s Really Going On | WIRED


We cannot trust our government, so we must trust the technology | US news | The Guardian

Apple’s battle with the FBI is not about privacy v security, but a conflict created by the US failure to legitimately oversee its security service post Snowden

Fuente: We cannot trust our government, so we must trust the technology | US news | The Guardian


Bill Gates backs FBI in battle with Apple over San Bernardino killer's phone | Technology | The Guardian

US government is asking for a particular case, and Apple should comply, says Microsoft co-founder Gates

Fuente: Bill Gates backs FBI in battle with Apple over San Bernardino killer’s phone | Technology | The Guardian


Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Refuse to Choose Between Apple and the FBI

Both candidates tried to occupy a middle ground that doesn’t really exist – either in the war between Apple and the FBI, or when it comes to the spread of unbreakable encryption.

Fuente: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Refuse to Choose Between Apple and the FBI


FBI Says Apple Court Order Is Narrow, But Other Law Enforcers Hungry to Exploit It

The Justice Department says Apple can destroy the hacking software it makes after it’s used once. But other law enforcers are already lining up to use it themselves.

Fuente: FBI Says Apple Court Order Is Narrow, But Other Law Enforcers Hungry to Exploit It


Apple to beef up customers’ iCloud encryption – FT.com

Apple is working on new ways to strengthen the encryption of customers’ iCloud backups in a way that would make it impossible for the company to comply with valid requests for data from law enforcement, according to people familiar with its plans.

Fuente: Apple to beef up customers’ iCloud encryption – FT.com


Apple's Tim Cook defends encryption. When will other tech CEOs do so? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

More high-profile titans need to use their platforms to make crystal clear how important encryption is to users everywhere

Fuente: Apple’s Tim Cook defends encryption. When will other tech CEOs do so? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian


Apple believes bill creates ‘key under doormat for bad guys’ – FT.com

Shortly after Theresa May introduced the draft Investigatory Powers bill in November to update the UK’s surveillance laws for the internet age, the home secretary met privately with Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive. He laid out a number of

Fuente: Apple believes bill creates ‘key under doormat for bad guys’ – FT.com


Comey Calls on Tech Companies Offering End-to-End Encryption to Reconsider “Their Business Model”

The FBI director essentially wants tech companies to roll back secure encryption to something less secure that law enforcement can intercept.

Fuente: Comey Calls on Tech Companies Offering End-to-End Encryption to Reconsider “Their Business Model”


How have journalists responded to revelations of mass surveillance? | Technology | The Guardian

How have journalists responded to revelations of mass surveillance? | Technology | The Guardian.

Two thirds of investigative journalists think they're being spied on, and many are taking action to combat that.

 Two thirds of investigative journalists think they’re being spied on, and many are taking action to combat that. Photograph: PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI/REUTERS

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance by government agencies has made a big impact on investigative journalists, according to a new study.

The survey of 671 journalists, conducted by the US-based Pew Research Center and Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, found that 64% believe that the US government has probably collected data about their communications.

49% said that they have changed the way they store and share potentially sensitive documents in the last year as a result, while 29% have altered the way they communicate with fellow journalists.

However, only 3% have opted not to pursue a particular story due to concerns about electronic surveillance and hacking, although 13% have not reached out to a particular source for those reasons. Just 2% have considered abandoning investigative journalism.