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Australia Passes New Cybersecurity Laws to Access Encrypted Communication Messages

The Australian government has passed a very controversial law which gives power to law enforcement and police detectives to access encrypted communications messages. The bill was motivated by the rising level of terrorism and other crimes supported by end-to-end social media platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram. Under the new law, Australian legislators can compel local and international communication providers to ... Read More »

Five Eyes Surveillance Alliance Wants Developers to Build Backdoors Into Encrypted Apps

According to statements published by the Australian government, the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have declared their intent to get software and hardware developers to insert backdoors that would enable governments to have easy access to encrypted data. Five Eyes is a sharing alliance for intelligence agencies. They are focused primarily on working together with English native speaking tongues. In this ... Read More »

Feds Prosecute Staff of Encrypted Phone Company

Police have arrested and filed criminal charges against the CEO of a Canadian company that sold security hardened Blackberry and Samsung cell phones that were modified to protect privacy through the use of message encryption and the removal of unnecessary and potentially vulnerable hardware. Four others involved in operating the company are currently wanted by police, but have yet to ... Read More »

Google to Enable Encrypted DNS Requests in Android

Google has added a new function that it is testing out for the Android mobile Operating System. The new feature encrypts Domain Name Server (DNS) requests using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol and is called DNS-over-TLS, similar to how HTTP data is encrypted with TLS when using the HTTPS protocol. Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system ... Read More »

Internet Traffic Now Halfway To Being Fully Encrypted

In February of 2017, statistics from multiple large internet companies revealed that half of all internet traffic was encrypted. This marks a huge turning point in the movement to encrypt the internet. The use of the HTTPS protocol encrypts internet traffic, making it harder to conduct surveillance, censorship, content hijacking, and cookie stealing. While HTTPS does not hide which websites ... Read More »

How to use Bitmessage (encrypted messaging)

Bitmessage is a peer-to-peer communications protocol that allows users to send encrypted messages to each other and groups. Its fully decentralized model ensures that users don’t have to trust any third party service and its encryption system ensures that users don’t have to resort to complicated tools like PGP. Bitmessage encrypts messages, masks the sender and receiver of messages from ... Read More »

Lavabit Relaunches Encrypted E-mail Service

Lavabit is relaunching it’s encrypted e-mail service, after having been shut down since 2013. The company shut down it’s encrypted e-mail service to avoid complying with a request by federal law enforcement that would have compromised user privacy. Whistleblower Edward Snowden was a user of Lavabit’s e-mail service at the time, and the FBI had requested Lavabit’s encryption key. “The ... Read More »

TheDealersChoice, a client-side, encrypted Dark Net market

Exit scams are one of the worse problems for any honest deep web user. Even though escrow mechanisms can be employed to protect both the buyer and the seller, these are often centralized and even if they are not they require an arbitrator to determine who wins a dispute. This, along with the prospect of L.E discovering any relevant information ... Read More »

Sci-Hub Offers Encrypted Bot to Help Users Stay Safe

The Pirate Bay for scientists has offered up a new feature where users can actually search for papers in the Telegram Messenger app, an encrypted way of communication. All you have to do is download Telegram onto your mobile device, add Sci-Hub bot @scihubot and enter the title of the paper you want to download. The bot instantly replies with ... Read More »

WhatsApp Is now End-to-End encrypted

For the past six weeks the biggest story out of the tech. world has been the FBI’s battle with Apple to unlock a terrorists IPhone. Apples refusal to cooperate has sparked a red hot debate over digital privacy and security. Recently the founders of WhatsApp have managed to make bigger Silicon Valley news than Apple, and the FBI. WhatsApp is ... Read More »

French Bill To Force Decryption Of Encrypted Data

In France, according to ION 2001-1062 of 15 November 2001 on everyday security, Article 30-31, failure to comply with an order to decrypt your device or give the up the encryption key will result in 3 years of jail time and a fine of €45,000, if complying would have prevented or stopped a crime, jail time will increase to 5 ... Read More »

California to backdoor encrypted cellphones

Assembly Member Jim Cooper introduced his bill (Assembly Bill 1681) last week which would make “A smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold or leased in California, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” presumably via a backdoor. This bill is very similar to the bill ... Read More »