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How the FBI Is Trying to Break Encryption Without Actually Breaking Encryption

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Since at least the 1990s, federal officials have publicly worried that encrypted communications give aid to terrorists and criminals. More often than not they have, to some degree, been right.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-the-fbi-is-trying-to-break-encryption-without-actua-1847054471
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Signal’s response to FBI’s grand jury subpoena for user data is basically “You get nothing. You lose. Good day, sir”

Signal, the popular messaging service with end-to-end encryption, stores precious little user data — “Unix timestamps for when each account was created and the date that each account last connected to the Signal service.”

So when the FBI subpoenaed Signal to turn over “a wide variety of information… including the addresses of the users, their correspondence, and the name associated with each account,” Signal enlisted the aid of the ACLU, which replied to the FBI with a polite version of the Willy Winka “you get nothing” meme. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/04/29/signals-response-to-fbis-grand-jury-subpoena-for-user-data-you-get-nothing-you-lose-good-day-sir.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=signals-response-to-fbis-grand-jury-subpoena-for-user-data-you-get-nothing-you-lose-good-day-sir
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Mark Frauenfelder

FBI urges government and private companies to update Windows OS after Oldsmar water hack

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The FBI urged government agencies and private companies to update their Windows operating systems last week in light of the Oldsmar water hack.

What happened: Investigators have been searching for the person who gained remote access to the control and data systems at the Oldsmar drinking water treatment facility on Feb. 5 and attempted to dangerously increase the amount of lye.


Investigators suspect a desktop-sharing software was likely used to access the system, which was running on Windows 7 with every person using the same password.

Three easy recommendations from the feds (useful even if you’re not in charge of vital public infrastructure):

  1. Update to the latest version of your operating system.
  2. Use multiple-factor authentication.
  3. Use strong passwords to protect Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) credentials.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) asked DeSantis on Friday that Florida’s cybersecurity be discussed at the state’s next cabinet meeting.

  • Since 2013, Florida has faced the fourth-most local government cyberattacks of any state, Fried wrote.
  • She said the median cost of cyber breaches is as high as $1.8 million.

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

Source: https://www.axios.com/oldsmar-water-hack-windows-5fa996ae-5079-4436-89a2-ef2eb9c95b7e.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Selene San Felice

FBI charges woman with stealing Pelosi laptop and trying to send it to Russian intelligence

Riley Williams, a 22-year old woman who allegedly participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, has been charged by the FBI over her role in the riot. NBC News’s Tom Winter reports that she “told a former partner that she intended to take a laptop / hard drive stolen from Pelosi’s office, ship it to Russia, where a friend would turn it over to the SVR.” — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/18/fbi-charges-woman-with-stealing-pelosi-laptop-and-trying-to-send-it-to-russian-intelligence.html
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FBI, Homeland Security detail how Iranian hackers stole US voter data

3d3cf9f0-13a5-11eb-87af-93707e03be91US officials are shedding more light on how Iran-linked hackers stole voter info to send intimidating emails to Democrat voters. The FBI and Homeland Security’s CISA have issued an advisory (via Bleeping Computer) explaining the campaign, which ran f…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/fbi-details-iran-hacker-voter-data-theft-160352183.html
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Tesla worked with the FBI to block a million dollar ransomware attack

63e92570-e86b-11ea-8fff-9f36cd920670Earlier this week, the FBI arrested a 27-year-old Russian citizen for attempting to carry out a ransomware attack against a US company. It turns out that company was Tesla, Electrek reports.According to a complaint shared by the Department of Justice…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/tesla-fbi-ransomware-attack-nevada-gigafactory-141547760.html
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