Law enforcement agencies use forensics tools from Israeli company Cellebrite to gain access to locked mobile devices and extract data. But the creator of encrypted messaging app Signal says he's found vulnerabilities in Cellebrite's tools, raising questions about whether the extracted data can be trusted.
U.S. authorities have extended the crackdown on the Sky ECC cryptophone service by charging the CEO of parent company Sky Global and its alleged main distributor - both Canadians - with running an "illicit secret communications network" for criminals and hiding profits via shell companies and cryptocurrency.
Police say they have disrupted Sky ECC - a global encrypted communications network allegedly used by numerous criminals to plan their operations - and made numerous arrests. Authorities say starting in February, they "unlocked" 3 million messages exchanged daily by the service's 170,000 users.
Ransomware attacks continue to pummel organizations, but fewer victims have been paying a ransom, and when they do, on average they're paying less than before, says ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which traces the decline to attackers failing to honor their data deletion promises.
The NSA has released guidance on how organizations can adopt encrypted domain name system protocols to prevent eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS traffic. Although the agency's report is geared toward the military and defense contractors, its recommendations can be adopted in all sectors.
Email security provider Mimecast says hackers compromised a digital certificate that encrypts data that moves between several of its products and Microsoft's servers, putting organizations at risk of data loss.
The U.S. National Security Agency has released guidance on how the Defense Department, other federal agencies and the contractors that support them should replace obsolete encryption protocols that can enable cyber intrusions. NSA also advises other organizations to take the same steps.
Global messaging app WhatsApp's instant payment service went live in India on Dec.16. But despite its two-factor authentication being accepted by leading banks, there are concerns about potential security issues.
Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency, and the European Commission are launching a new decryption platform to help law enforcement agencies decrypt data that has been obtained as part of a criminal investigation, a move seen as an alternative to weakening encryption.
Encryption keeps the internet secure, but it also gives bad actors the perfect hiding place. Join Gigamon and ISC2 for a deep dive into the latest encryption protocol, TLS 1.3, to learn what's different and what advantages it offers in the constant effort to stay one step ahead of threats.
European lawmakers are once again considering encryption policies and attempting to strike a balance between the privacy and security afforded by strong encryption and law enforcement's needs. But with encryption being a cornerstone of the internet, is there any new balance to be struck?