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Quantum entanglement breakthrough could boost encryption, secure communications 

Using quantum entanglement, a team of researchers has developed a new way to communicate via particles of light.

A team of researchers has published details of a new way to reliably create particles that are well-suited to use in quantum communications, which could lead to the unhackable communication protocols that have long been pitched as one of the most useful applications of the technology.

Source: Quantum entanglement breakthrough could boost encryption, secure communications | ZDNet

Proposed US law is “Trojan horse” to stop online encryption, critics say

Child-exploitation bill could dissuade companies from using end-to-end encryption.

Two Republicans and two Democrats in the US Senate have proposed a law that aims to combat sexual exploitation of children online, but critics of the bill call it a “Trojan horse” that could harm Americans’ security by reducing access to encryption.

The EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act “would create incentives for companies to ‘earn’ liability protection for violations of laws related to online child sexual abuse material,” an announcement by the bill’s supporters said.

Source: Proposed US law is “Trojan horse” to stop online encryption, critics say | Ars Technica

Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

Law enforcement agencies may be able to access data on locked iPhones more often than they’re letting on, an analysis of hundreds of search warrants shows.

An analysis of more than 500 iPhone-related search warrants and cases shows that the situation is much more fluid than it would appear. Data shows that many law enforcement agencies, particularly ones at the federal level, are able to successfully extract data from even the most recent iPhones using digital forensics tools made by Grayshift and Cellebrite.

Source: Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

Australia’s Home Affairs pushes back against encryption law proposals

Both Labor and Australia’s Independent National Security Legislation Monitor have proposed judicial approvals before cops and spooks can access encrypted communications, but the Department of Home Affairs isn’t keen.

The Department of Home Affairs has rejected criticisms of Australia’s controversial encryption laws, including the often-cited need for external judicial oversight and the impact of the laws on the tech industry.

Source: Home Affairs pushes back against encryption law proposals | ZDNet

Sen. Graham Draft Bill Would Ban Encryption, Undermine User Privacy, Security

Senator Lindsey Graham, a top Trump ally, is targeting giant internet platforms with a child protection measure that could threaten tech companies’ use of encryption and a liability exemption they prize.

Although the measure doesn’t directly mention encryption, it would require that companies work with law enforcement to identify, remove, report and preserve evidence related to child exploitation — which critics said would be impossible to do for services such as WhatsApp that are encrypted from end-to-end.

Source: Lindsey Graham Proposal Could Expose Apple, Facebook to Lawsuits – Bloomberg

Exploit Fully Breaks SHA-1 encryption

Users of GnuPG, OpenSSL and Git could be in danger from an attack that’s practical for ordinary attackers to carry out.

A proof-of-concept attack has been pioneered that “fully and practically” breaks the Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1) code-signing encryption, used by legacy computers to sign the certificates that authenticate software downloads and prevent man-in-the-middle tampering.

Source: Exploit Fully Breaks SHA-1, Lowers the Attack Bar | Threatpost

Facebook and Barr Escalate Standoff Over Encrypted Messages

With 1.5 billion users, Facebook’s WhatsApp is perhaps the world’s most commonly used encrypted communications platform.

Facebook executives and Attorney General William P. Barr sparred on Monday over whether encrypted messaging products should be open to law enforcement, escalating a standoff over privacy and policing.

In a letter to Mr. Barr, the executives overseeing Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, Will Cathcart and Stan Chudnovsky, wrote that creating a so-called backdoor into their services for law enforcement would make their users less safe.

Source: Facebook and Barr Escalate Standoff Over Encrypted Messages – The New York Times

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors

Multinational police agency Interpol is due to say that tech companies deploying strong encryption helps paedophiles – unless they build backdoors for police workers.

So-called “think of the children” rhetoric is a tried and trusted strategy for police workers who are determined to get their way with politicians. The agency has yet to issue the communique in question, though it is expected to be welcomed by Western governments increasingly fed up that their internal security agencies are unable to exercise China-style social control and surveillance over their populations.

Source: Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors • The Register

Deidentification versus anonymization

Anonymization is hard. Just like cryptography, most people are not qualified to build their own.

Unlike cryptography, the research is far earlier-stage, and the pre-built code is virtually unavailable. That hasn’t stopped people from claiming certain datasets (like this ) are anonymized and (sadly) having them re-identified.

Full article: Deidentification versus anonymization

Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption

Government officials in Germany are reportedly mulling a law to force chat app providers to hand over end-to-end encrypted conversations in plain text on demand.

Ministry of the Interior wants a new set of rules that would require operators of services like WhatsApp, Signal, Apple iMessage, and Telegram to cough up plain-text records of people’s private enciphered chats to authorities that obtain a court order.

Source: Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works • The Register

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