Posts Tagged ‘NSA’

Apple lawyers has told a judge in the United States District Court circuit that unlocking an iPhone with the intention of accessing the files and data stored on it would be “impossible” if its running one of the latest versions of iOS; 8.0 – 9.x. Those representing Apple did however admit that the company does have the technical ability to assist law enforcement officials in individual cases when it comes to unlocking older devices that are running less secure and less advanced versions of its mobile platform, that is versions below iOS 8.0.

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If you’ve been on the hunt for a secure, hassle-free app offering encrypted communication, then a newly-released utility over at the App Store might just pique your interest. Sure, it’s not the first of its kind — there are many such apps touting all manner of robust features to protect your correspondence from prying eyes. But with its sheer simplicity and ease-of-use, it’s tailor-made for the layman, and below, you can check out all of the details as well as that download link.

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Just yesterday it was leaked that both the NSA and GCHQ were able to scrape information from smartphone apps, with demographics and more able to be pulled from the most mundane of apps thanks to their reliance on third-party advertising agencies. Rovio’s hugely popular Angry Birds games were mentioned in particular by the report, which was based heavily on leaked information coming out of the now infamous Edward Snowden.

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Ever since security contractor Edward Snowden started leaking classified NSA documents last year the subject of what security agencies can and cannot find out about us has been on the forefront of many an agenda. Just recently, the U.S. President was forced to make a statement on the subject, clarifying what information its agencies were collecting about its own citizens, and now a new report claims that both the NSA and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, can scrape data from the very apps we use on our smartphones.

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It has long since been common knowledge that certain government agencies use a number of digital spying tactics to keep tabs on certain activity. Only recently, details have begun to emerge of just how much intel the NSA has been collecting, to the point where it seems as though there’s very little that anybody can do digitally without the NSA brown-nosing. With some products having leaked info to the NSA without the knowledge of the user, Apple has taken the opportunity to distance itself from such behavior in stating that it has “never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any products.”

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