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“There has to be a back door…” – seriously?

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Shocking revelations in a BBC news story today on the number of active cybercriminals – No, not the story itself, that was old news to industry veterans, but the closing quote from Troels Oerting, head of Europol’s Cybercrime center.

“Imagine in the physical world if you were not able to open the trunk of a car if you had a suspicion that there were weapons or drugs inside… we would never accept this.

“I think that should also count for the digital world. I hate to talk about backdoors but there has to be a possibility for law enforcement, if they are authorised, to look inside at what you are hiding in your online world.”

Really? There has to be a possibility for law enforcement to decrypt data?  Read more…

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IOS8 Security – Apple take the high road?

September 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Jonathan Zdziarski posted an interesting blog last week detailing some of the changes in IOS designed to improve security, and reign in accessibility of data in the new IOS 8 release.

Historically, it’s been possible for legitimate law enforcement groups to pressure Apple into unlocking devices – Much like data requests sent to ISP’s about your browsing and network habits, Apple (and Google et all) were able to unlock “confiscated” devices so detectives could search them for incriminating evidence.

IOS8 makes that somewhat harder and puts Apple (and Google) squarely against what Law Enforcement and Governments want.   Read more…

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Apple watch – fanboy’s delight?

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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Apple watch – ah, I am so torn. For those who know me, I have a LOT of watches. In fact, not only do I wear a different one every day, most days I wear two or three..

I have a Pebble – I love it, but I just can’t wear it with a suit, or while diving, or while smashing down a wall, or while using an air chisel, and all the many other things I’m not meant to do.

I also have an iPod Shuffle in a Lunatik Lync strap – now that one I loved, really because of all the different faces – but, it’s not waterproof, and it’s not automatic, and it doesn’t match what I’m wearing, the face only shows when you press a button and, well just sometimes you have to wear an Omega, or a Seiko etc.. Read more…

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Microsoft vs NY State – Stalemate, or fiasco continues?

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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Following on from the July report of the Southern District Court of NY’s attempt to compel Microsoft US to hand over personal emails from a server controlled by Microsoft Ireland, physically in Ireland (really!), Today Microsoft voluntarily offered themselves to be in contempt of court.

Ie, they know they’ve not done what the court asked, and they don’t intend to.

Bloomburg gave a brief summary of the event –  which is a follow on from the July storyRead more…

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Microsoft vs NY Court’s data request. A turning point for privacy?

July 31, 2014 1 comment

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An interesting case brewing courtesy of Microsoft and the Southern District court of NY reported by The Register this week

Here, we have a court order from NY requesting Microsoft produce some emails from a server physically located in Ireland, and managed by a local Irish Microsoft subsidiary.

While there is long standing and well understood that company records stored oversees must be delivered on demand, for example Microsofts financial records across the world would have to be delivered to a court requesting such, the law is a little less clear when it comes to data not strictly owned by a company, yet managed by it.  Read more…

Simplifying Security – An Interview with SC Magazine

A recent video I filmed while on a press tour of the east coast – Dan Kaplan of Secure Computing Magazine was kind enough to interview me and ask me questions about why securing IT is so complex.

Categories: Security/Exploits

Decrypt Full Disk Encryption products for $299 – Well, it got cheaper at least

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Many people have contacted my team and I over the last few days about the recent announcement by ElcomSoft, that they offer a tool to decrypt Bitlocker, PGP and Truecrypt volumes.

This $299 tool is advertised as getting you access to this encrypted data quickly and easily…

Now, this may sound exciting, but as they say, there’s always a catch – you need a memory dump from the machine from when it was authenticated to use this tool – yes, no recovery if you find a cold machine. You have to get access to it while it’s on and the user has logged in, then, after they switch it off, you can recover the data..

Sounds familiar? Well it should, it’s exactly the same idea Passware.com released to the world back in 2010 – I even blogged about it then… Read more…

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