Hundreds arrested after police infiltrate secret criminal phone network
An encrypted messaging service used exclusively by criminals has been infiltrated by police in a major operation, leading to hundreds of arrests and the seizure of firearms, drugs, and millions of dollars in cash.
What is encryption?
Encryption is the encoding of information such that only authorized parties may access it at the message’s final destination. One of the earliest examples of encryption – and the most cited in literature on the subject – is the Caesar cipher, a substitution cipher where each letter of a message is shifted 3 characters.
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1. ACCESS PIN-code gives full access to the application
2. If you enter FAKE PIN-code all encrypted chats will be hidden.
3. DESTRUCTING PIN-code deactivates the account without any possibility to recover it
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FBI Director warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.
Privacy advocates and technology experts called the concerns exaggerated and little more than recycled arguments the government has raised against encryption since the early 1990s. Likening encrypted data to a safe that cannot be cracked or a closet door that won't open, the move by tech companies to protect user communications in the name of privacy is certain to impede a wide range of criminal investigations.Read more
When you type a password into a mobile payment app, you'd probably expect it to protect that password somehow. But it seems that the Starbucks app for iOS doesn't actually lock its usernames and passwords down. According to a Computerworld report, company executives admitted today that the mobile app stores passwords in clear text, with no encryption of any sort. By connecting your phone to a computer, the report claims, someone could easily retrieve your password from a crash log.
What's more, it appears that Starbucks may not intend to actually fix the problem. While the company told both Computerworld and The Seattle Times that the company had "taken steps to safeguard customers' information," it's unclear what steps it could have taken.Read more
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