Welcome to e.Woke #34!
New Year, New e.Woke! We are back after a short break and we are excited to continue to share updates on the DigiSec world! Let’s dive right in to what has happened since the start of 2018!
Imagine this: A little boy throwing a tantrum after his sister locked him out of her room. Now, imagine this: FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley getting mad at Apple for encrypting iPhones and hacking them has become a harder task. At the International Conference on Cyber Security, Flatley began to call Apple “jerks” and “evil geniuses” because of their encryption methods…but what would we expect from the same person who “praised” Cellebrite, an israeli company which sells hacking devices and technologies to law enforcement agencies around the world. *sigh*
If you thought living in a surveillance state was bad – wait! There’s more! We’re about to live a surveillance country. The House has voted to make surveillance more prevalent in the lives of those they deem a “threat”. “Backdoor search is a roundabout way of monitoring Americans’ electronic communications. It allows intelligence agencies to peer into the communications of any American who has communicated with a foreign target.”.
Data collection can solve murders. Hussein K. was accused of the murder of a 19-year old German woman. When authorities requested for access to his iPhone, he refused. Instead, they were able to use his Apple Health Data app to see what he was doing at the time of the murder. The data collected showed that he had been doing heavy physical activity (disposing of his victim). Through data, they were able to find evidence of murder. This form of data collection will most likely be used more in the future.
Digital Security Tips, Resources, and Guides:
- How to Protect Your Home Router from Attacks (via Motherboard)
- Stop the Senate from Extending NSA Spying (via EFF)
- Skype Finally Adds End-to-End Encryption for Private Conversations (via Hacker News)
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