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Apple’s senior VP of software engineering maintained the company’s hard line on encryption in response to a story saying the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice are renewing their pursuit of backdoors for searches by law enforcement.
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Backdoor coin-mining hacks are spreading as prices rise

The cryptocurrency boom has given rise to a new kind of malware attack, with attacks growing ever more frequent as coin prices rise. A report today from Symantec details a surge in coin-mining scripts, which are often planted by hackers in the background of public websites. Once running, the script uses the visitor’s CPU to mine cryptocurrency, a power-intensive process that can be far more lucrative than traditional malware.

Anti-virus tools like Symantec’s typically identify and block such programs, giving the firm a clear view into how widespread the miners are on the open web. Miner programs seem to track tightly with the price of Monero itself, which means they’ve seen a surge of activity in recent weeks.

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[Update x3: Qualcomm responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics.

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[Update x3: Qualcomm responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Update x2: OnePlus responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics.

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[Update x2: OnePlus responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics. While the company eventually reversed course on the data collection, another discovery has been made in the software of OnePlus phones. One developer found an application intended for factory testing, and through some investigation and reverse-engineering, was able to obtain root access using it.

 

The application in question is called ‘EngineerMode,’ which is intended to be used in factories to confirm that the device is working properly.

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OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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EU Proposes Backdoor Ban, End-to-End Encryption Requirement

The European Union has proposed a set of amended regulations that would require end-to-end encryption on all digital communications and would ban backdoors that allow law enforcement and intelligence entities to access private data.

The proposal hopes to let EU residents know that the “confidentiality and safety” of their private electronic data is guaranteed, and the draft goes on to add that backdoors will weaken that commitment to privacy. First drafted by the EU’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs, the proposal directly relates to an article of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights that guarantees citizens’ personal privacy. “The principle of confidentiality should apply to current and future means of communication,” the draft adds.

The amended regulations contend that the content of private data could reveal sensitive information about EU citizens — such as medical conditions, sexual preferences and political views — which could lead to “personal and social harm, economic loss or embarrassment.” And it’s not just the content of private data, either, as the Committee is arguing that all metadata associated with digital communications should be protected, too. That would include call information, geographical location data, and websites visited, according to the draft proposal.

It’s likely that the amendments will put the EU at odds with countries and member states that aren’t fans of encryption. In the UK, for example, politicians have recently argued that encrypted communications provide a “safe haven” for terrorists, according to The Sun. Additionally, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in March that it is “completely unacceptable” that law enforcement could not read encrypted messages. Tech companies and government authorities have clashed in the U.S. as well, as seen in the FBI and Apple dispute. In recent years, U.S. legislators have also called on tech firms to facilitate backdoors for law enforcement, Forbes reported.

The UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union is bound to cause problems for the proposal, too. For example, the draft’s ban on backdoors would make it difficult for authorities in the UK to enforce a requirement on tech companies to remove electronic protection when possible, Engadget reported. It’s not currently clear how the UK will approach the new law, either, as negotiations between the UK and the EU post-Brexit just started this Monday.

Of course, the proposal must be sent to the European Parliament before passing. From there, the amendment also has to be revised by the EU’s council — so it’s entirely possible that some of the draft’s proposals will be softened before it becomes law.

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