Backdoors News, Articles and Updates

FBI used Best Buy's Geek Squad as confidential informants, FOIA docs show

Does the US' FBI really need tech companies to provide backdoors in their products to gain access to illegal material stored there? Apparently not...as long as members of the Geek Squad are willing to do the agency's bidding.

Intel AMT security issue lets attackers bypass laptop login credentials

Insecure defaults in Intel AMT allow an intruder to completely bypass user and BIOS passwords and TPM and Bitlocker PINs to backdoor almost any corporate laptop in a matter of seconds.

North Korea bitten by bitcoin bug: Lazarus Group now financially motivated

Several multistage attacks that use cryptocurrency-related lures to infect victims with backdoors and reconnaissance malware that have been attributed to the Lazarus Group have been uncovered by Proofpoint researchers.

Russian hackers used Britney Spears' Instagram posts to control malware

APT group Turla is using a toxic Trojan disguised as a Firefox extension to secretly communicate the URL path for the C&C server to its malware minions.

Throw your backdoored D-Link router in the bin, urges security researcher

Slew of bugs and backdoors means device is unsafe to use

New malware campaign spreads backdoors instead of ransomware

Nemucod changes tactics to infect systems - Trojan spreads backdoors instead of ransomware

The Snooper's Charter is a tricky subject, not least because of its double standards

Brian Chappell looks at why the backdoors of the Snooper's Charter are so repugnant to tech firms and how it can't be reconciled with the government's own directive to businesses to protect people's personal data.

Encryption delivers quantum of solace

Data creation and transmission is growing exponentially, with 2.8 zettabytes of data created in 2012, forecast to reach 40 zettabytes (ZB) by 2020 (IDC), and currently encryption offers the best option to secure all that data says Roi Perez

Apple vs. FBI intrigues Florida sheriff to toss Apple CEO in jail

Federal authorities and Apple are now battling over the FBI vs. Apple iPhone encryption case.

Fortinet on SSH vulnerabilities: look, this really isn't a backdoor, honest

Security firm goes full disclosure on mechanics of SSH issue and finds three more vulnerabilities

Are backdoors a necessity, or just a 'welcome' sign to hackers?

In today's age of political instability are backdoors necessary to safeguard national borders, or would it instead increase technical vulnerability and undo the progress that encryption has provided, asks Rick Orloff?

Tech big guns confront UK parliament on backdoors, encryption

A group of high tech corporate powerhouses has gathered together to protest a law proposed by the UK government that would allow an array of legal and intelligence agencies the ability to access computer data through backdoors and decryption.

Dutch government rejects UK government approach to encryption legislation

A position paper written by the Dutch government assesses the arguments for and against encryption backdoors but comes down firmly against downgrading the technology.