Category: terrorism

May 01 2016

Eurocops get new cyber powers to hunt down terrorists, criminals

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Europe’s police agency Europol has been given enhanced cyber powers to track down terrorists and other criminals.

The new governance rules were approved by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Thursday by a massive majority. MEPs claimed that the new powers come with strong data protection safeguards and democratic oversight.

Last November, the draft rules were given the green light by the European Union's 28 member states. Now the panel's politicos have overwhelmingly thrown their weight behind the measures, by 40 votes to three, with two abstentions.

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Dec 15 2015

Fact-checking the debate on encryption

As politicians and counter-terrorism officials search for lessons from the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, senior officials have called for limits on technology that sends encrypted messages.

It's a debate that has repeatedly recurred for more than a decade.In the 1990s, the Clinton Administration directed technology companies to store copies of their encryption keys with the government. That would have given the government a "backdoor" to allow law enforcement and intelligence agencies easy access to encrypted communications. That idea was dropped after sharp criticism from technologists and civil liberties advocates.

More recently, intelligence officials in Europe and the United States have asserted that encryption hampers their ability to detect plots and trace perpetrators. But many have questioned whether it would be practical or wise to allow governments widespread power to read encrypted messages.

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Nov 18 2015

ISIS Running 24-Hour Terrorist Crypto Help-desk

There have been multiple mentioned of ISIS using encryption and ‘encrypted messaging systems’ in the news reports since the Paris incident, it turns out they mostly mean Telegram. Which we’ve only mentioned once before, when they got pounded by an epic DDoS attack. Now it turns out, ISIS has a whole help desk infrastructure...

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Nov 04 2015

FBI official: It’s America’s choice whether we want to be spied on

FBI General Counsel James Baker discussing encryption with cybersecurity policy expert Susan Landau. (credit: Jon Brodkin)

FBI General Counsel James Baker today spoke about how encryption is making it increasingly difficult for law enforcement agencies to conduct surveillance. While the FBI has previously argued in favor of backdoors that let authorities defeat encryption, Baker said the issue must ultimately be decided by the American people.

“We are your servants,” Baker said. “The FBI are your servants, we will do what you want us to do.”

Baker was speaking in a panel discussion titled “Going Dark: The Balance Between Encryption, Privacy, and Public Safety” at the annual Advanced Cyber Security Center conference in Boston.

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