Whenever one picks up a book with an eye to writing about it, one necessarily needs to know the subject matter therein. The recent book This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends — an ungrammatical title if anything — claims to be a book about the zero-day "industry" as per the author, Nicole Perlroth, a staff reporter for the New York Times, who covers cyber security. (I dislike that word "cyber" and will use infosec right through this piece.)
When the Federal Government issued a discussion paper in September last year indicating that it wanted to use the same as the basis for drafting a new cyber security strategy for 2020, it was quite clear that what was being looked at was a bigger role for the Australian Signals Directorate.
Australian law enforcement agencies have pushed for the encryption law which passed on 6 December because they don't know that there is no need for access to encrypted content in order to solve crimes, world-renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier says.
The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute are planning to issue a report that will apparently provide "high-level case studies" of what the government's encryption law means.
World-renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier may not have intended it, but he has provided the answer to those who are demanding that industry provide governments with a means to break encryption.
Monday is the last day on which Australians can submit their statements of support or opposition to the proposed Assistance and Access bill which seeks to force people or organisations to allow access to encrypted communications.
A little more than five months after it claimed that a WhatsApp design feature meant that some encrypted messages could be read by a third party, The Guardian has backed down and admitted that the report was wrong.
A group of top security professionals has signed an appeal to the Guardian, asking the British newspaper to take down from its website an article that they say incorrectly claims there is a backdoor in the popular messaging app WhatsApp.
A big player, most possibly a nation state, has been testing the security of companies that run vital parts of the Internet's infrastructure, according to well-known security expert Bruce Schneier.
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