This is a clever attack, using a black box that attaches to the iPhone via USB: As you know, an iPhone keeps a count of how many wrong PINs have been entered, in case you have turned on the Erase Data option on the Settings | Touch ID & Passcode screen. That’s a highly-recommended option, because it wipes your device after 10 passcode mistakes
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The Intercept and the New Zealand Herald have reported that New Zealand spied on communications about the World Trade Organization director-general candidates. I’m not sure why this is news; it seems like a perfectly reasonable national intelligence target. More interesting to me is that the Intercept published the XKEYSCORE rules.
There’s a new story about the hacking capabilities of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE), based on the Snowden documents.
The Brennan Center has a long report on what’s wrong with the FISA Court and how to fix it. At the time of its creation, many lawmakers saw constitutional problems in a court that operated in total secrecy and outside the normal “adversarial” process…. But the majority of Congress was reassured by similarities between FISA Court proceedings and the hearings that take place when the government seeks a search warrant in a criminal investigation.
David Omand — GCHQ director from 1996-1997, and the UK’s security and intelligence coordinator from 2000-2005 — has just published a new paper : “Understanding Digital Intelligence and the Norms That Might Govern It.” Executive Summary : This paper describes the nature of digital intelligence and provides context for the material published as a result of the actions of National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.
Last May, we learned that the NSA intercepts equipment being shipped around the world and installs eavesdropping implants. There were photos of NSA employees opening up a Cisco box