Sunday, October 11, 2015

Obama won't interfere with Silcon Valley encryption to protect users; more false warnings from Kaspersky on non-encrypted web pages; warning that hackers sell fake ID's to minors

The New York Times, in a story by Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger, is reporting that the Obama administration has promised not to seek routine access to encrypted user data, at least without valid warrants, link here.  Doing so could expose all the major US tech companies to foreign hackers (especially state sponsored) and could endanger the security of some individual users in sensitive situations. 

In a bizarre twist, Kaspersky gave me a security certificate warning in Windows 10 for this New York Times story, when the NYTimes does not seem to have implemented https for all its content yet (at leas not for this story).

In another matter, Fox News in Washington DC this evening warned that foreign hackers had become involved in the printing of fake ID cards and driver’s licenses (to get around age limits, as for bars). 

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