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European Parliament wants to enforce encryption on all electronic communications

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs wants to bring its stance on privacy into the 21st century.

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Government again takes aim at encryption after terrorists shake London

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says that technology companies are providing a "safe space" for terrorists.

German lawmakers press for encryption-busting Trojan

With a federal election scheduled for September, government officials in Germany are pressing for expanded hacking powers to be granted to law enforcement agencies, according to an article on ZDNet.

Late 2016 marks start of WhatsApp encryption back-ups to iCloud Drive

Facebook added another layer of protection for users of its WhatsApp encrypted mobile messaging service in late 2016

WhatsApp: should we choose security over privacy? And is there a choice?

Helen Davenport discusses whether the government should interfere in issues such as WhatsApp and encrypted messages.

Ten practical steps to protect your online privacy

Patrick Knight explores how to manage your account and passwords effectively, the power of encryption and alternate privacy apps that can secure sensitive data and communication.

Internet Society urges G20 to ensure 'ubiquitous encryption' of web

The president of The Internet Society has called on G20 leaders to protect encryption for the good of the world economy.

Encryption to come under renewed fire from European Commission in June

Encryption will face a make it or break it moment in June when the European Commission lays out new options for forcing internet companies to hand over the keys.

Amber Rudd renews call for intelligence services to break encryption

Despite many in the tech industry saying it won't work, home secretary Amber Rudd would like to persuade tech giants such as WhatsApp to break encryption for the intelligence services.

FBI director calls for 'hard conversation' on encryption and policing

Law enforcement is being blocked by encryption from accessing data they have every right to examine - it's time to build trust between police and the tech sector, says FBI director James Comey.

Doxing threats lead AlphaBay marketplace to pay extortionist £37,000

It appears that AlphaBay, the largest dark web marketplace, has paid an extortionist several payments since August 2016 to protect the identity of its founder.

Challenging encryption complexity: deploy according to use cases

Peter Galvin discusses how IT system downtime can sometimes be due to implementing processes around data security such as encryption with data-at-rest encryptionset to rise in prominence

French and German MPs ask for encryption backdoors, industry says 'no'

French and German ministers ask for greater security measures, including encryption backdoors - to fight terrorism in Europe, but tech industry says it isn't possible.

Confide in me! Encryption app leaks sensitive info from Washington DC

An encrypted messaging app called Confide is being used in Washington DC by White House staffers to leak embarrassing or sensitive information.

Securing optical fibre - you need to prioritise in-flight encryption

Joe Marsella covers how many firms' cyber-security strategies are incomplete and discusses why they should prioritise in-flight encryption as much as they do protecting at-rest data.

HTTPS abusers hide malware in encrypted tunnels to avoid security

While the number of users and sites that are using encryption is on the rise, this is not all good news for cyber-security as the criminals are following suit.

Encryption "critical" for GDPR but many deterred by complexity

Three quarters of organisations plan to expand their data protection capabilities with encryption as GDPR deadline looms.

UPDATE 2: WhatsApp has 'critical encryption backdoor', researcher claims

By triggering devices to reset keys, WhatsApp could hack its own end-to-end encryption, reading users' messages, a researcher claims, while others cry "FUD".

You lose, Grinch: DeriaLock ransomware discovered on Christmas Eve, but researchers devise decryptors

A rapidly evolving ransomware family called DeriaLock made its ignominious debut over the 2016 holidays, but researchers quickly created decryptor software to rescue the files of those unlucky enough to receive this unwanted "gift."

Stampado ransomare: Cheap, but easily decrypted

Stampado ransomware was first spotted in the wild in July, but has spawned new variants capable of self propagating and re-encrypting files previously locked up by other ransomware, and all for a rock bottom price on the dark web.

Cerber ransomware: Now with database encryption

The widespread and ever-evolving Cerber ransomware has upped its game as it targets enterprises with a new capability to encrypt database files.

TeleCrypt ransomware rapidly defanged thanks to weak encryption

Security researchers at Malwarebytes have worked out how to extract the encryption key from TeleCrypt ransomware and build a tool for recovering scrambled files.

Native Android SMS app not the best for security, report

A new analysis of SMS clients used on the Android OS determined that native text clients are less secure than third-party solutions.

Artificial intelligence creates its own encryption

Researchers from Google's Brain division have released an academic paper which details how they were able to get neural networks to create their own encryption standard, and communicate between each other.

Cardiff resident charged with encrypting for IS

A 33-year-old man from Cardiff has been charged for allegedly teaching members of ISIS how to encrypt

Russian special services to decrypt Internet traffic

Following on from the Yarovaya Law, Russia's special security service, FSB (successor to the KGB), is to implement plans to achieve access to all internet traffic in the country, decrypted.

Ponemon: Financial institutions not prepared to address cyber-attacks in encrypted traffic

Duncan Hughes explains how SSL decryption will increasingl be needed to ensure encrypted traffic does not become a facilitator for attackers.