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March 2015

Influencers: Stronger encryption on consumer devices won’t hurt national security

The vast majority of Passcode Influencers oppose weakening encryption so that law enforcement could have easier access to personal data. In fact, many say that stronger privacy protections will ultimately improve national security. Three-quarters of Passcode’s Influencers disagree with FBI Director James Comey, insisting stronger encryption on consumer devices would not hinder law enforcement and intelligence agencies so much that it would harm national security. Read article: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/Passcode-Influencers/2015/0311/Influencers-Stronger-encryption-on-consumer-devices-won-t-hurt-national-security-video Related product: …Read More

Afghanistan government continues to see delays for biometric identification card

The introduction of biometric identification cards could prevent voter fraud in Afghanistan’s elections and ultimately make it a more fair electoral process, said speakers at a series of Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) organized debates held in the country. The government first announced plans in 2009 to implement the biometric identification cards, which would store the voter’s fingerprints, digital photos, personal and family status, and place of residence. …Read More

The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple’s Secrets

Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept. The security researchers presented their latest tactics and achievements at a secret annual gathering, called the “Jamboree,” where attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first …Read More

Google won’t force Android encryption by default

Not too long ago, Mountain View was trumpeting that new gadgets with Lollipop would have encryption turned on by default, but, as Ars Technica reports, that isn’t the case. The Nexus 6 handset and Nexus 9 tablet offer it, but third-party devices aren’t cropping up with the feature turned on out of the box. Specifically? The new Moto E, with Ars saying that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 demo units at Mobile …Read More

The card aiming to end Nigeria’s fraud problem

Nigeria has a bad reputation when it comes to fraud. “Dear Friend” emails originating from the country – also known as 419 scams – are among the most notorious in the world, with statistics from Ultrascan AGI suggesting losses from such schemes totalled $12.7bn (£8.2bn) in 2013. And the number of scams is growing by 5% each year. “Nigeria certainly has a problem,” says Cormac Herley, principal researcher at Microsoft …Read More

ePasslet Suite received four certifications for meeting latest BSI security requirements

Multipurpose electronic ID cards are useful tools with a wide array of benefits for an increasing number of countries around the world. Many governments are already using the ePasslet Suite, which is developed in Germany by the Gelsenkirchen based cryptovision. This innovative solution enables a modular configuration of the desired card functionalities converged onto a single card. Like the previous version, the current ePasslet Suite version 2.1, has also received …Read More