Researchers from the Slovakian security firm ESET claim to have discovered a new malware family that targets systems that run Linux but have not yet discovered how the malware infects such systems.
The Discord chat system is being increasingly targeted by the malware fraternity, according to security vendor Sophos
American politicians, who are trying to stop legislation by the government to place obstacles in the way of companies using end-to-end encryption, are seeking information about the subversion of encryption at Juniper Networks in 2015.
Malware campaigns equipped with the capability to exploit powerful, hidden backdoors are becoming commoditised, according to one security firm which says that research reveals that several high-profile hacker campaigns are integrating the misuse of SSH machine identities capabilities into their attacks.
The US has launched its latest salvo at Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies, claiming that the company can gain access to mobile networks around the world through backdoors that are made for use by law enforcement.
The United States has called for the creation of backdoors in apps that use encryption, arguing that consumers should accept this risk to allow law enforcement access to encrypted communications.
The Australian Greens have taken aim at the government's encryption law again, calling for its repeal and claiming that it will have "significant, unintended consequences" as Australian-based encrypted messaging services are dumped in favour of other means of communication.
Communications Alliance chief John Stanton has questioned the Federal Government's claims about having consulted widely before drafting its encryption bill, pointing out during a parliamentary hearing that he had had just a single meeting with a representative of the attorney-general's office in the run-up to the release of the public draft of the bill.
Global networking giant Cisco has expressed grave reservations about several aspects of the Federal Government's proposed encryption bill, with the creation of backdoors one of its major concerns.
ANALYSIS The Australian Government has left open the door for enforcement agencies to use specific cracks to gain access to encrypted communications on specific devices, given the language it has used in a draft of a new cyber law.
A coalition of big technology firms has, for a second time in recent months, called for strong encryption not to be tampered with, and criticised efforts by law enforcement agencies to create backdoors.
The Coalition Government has indicated that it will force companies that provide encryption for communications to devise a means of giving government agencies access to encrypted messages.
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