Articles about terrorism

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has once again demonstrated she does not know how encryption works, this time by explicitly admitting it to delegates at a Tory party fringe conference where she also hit out at "patronising" techies that "sneered" at politicians. Speaking at a Spectator event, Rudd said: "It's so easy to be …
Kat Hall, 3 Oct 2017
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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

Muhammad Rabbani, international director of human-rights non-profit CAGE, was today convicted under UK anti-terror law for refusing to unlock his iPhone and laptop for police when entering the country. Rabbani, 36, was found guilty at Westminster magistrates’ court of willful obstruction under Schedule 7 paragraph 18(1)(c) of …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2017
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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

DerbyCon An analysis of the hacking groups allying themselves to Daesh/ISIS has shown that about 18 months ago the religious fanatics stopped trying to develop their own secure communications and hacking tools and instead turned to the criminal underground to find software that actually works. Kyle Wilhoit, a senior security researcher …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2017

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

The UK's Prime Minister has once again raised the tech stakes in the fight against online terror, with her latest, er, bright idea being for internet giants to stop extremist content before it's even online. At a meeting with companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google today, Theresa May urged them to "develop …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Sep 2017

Emirates and Turkish Airlines lift laptop ban on US-bound flights

Two Middle Eastern airlines have lifted the ban on in-cabin laptops on flights to the US. The ban, imposed in March over fears that terrorists could smuggle bombs disguised as laptops on aeroplanes, has been scrapped with immediate effect on Emirates and Turkish Airlines flights. Passengers were asked to leave devices larger …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Jul 2017
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Encrypted chat app Telegram warned by Russian regulator: 'comply or goodbye'

Russia's communications regulator is threatening to lower the boom on popular encrypted messaging application Telegram. It might look like yet another government attack on user-accessible encryption, but in this letter, the head of regulator Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov says the messaging app is violating Russian legislation …
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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a super-team to tackle terrorism. The fearless foursome currently face a tricky foe: public and government sentiment that their social licence could be revoked if they don't do something about their platforms being used to spread hate speech that radicalises users and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2017
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Queensland Police want access to locked devices

The Australian State of Queensland wants the power to force citizens to unlock their devices during a declared terrorist emergency. The state government introduced legislation under the title “Counter-Terrorism and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016” earlier this month. The bill's explanatory note (PDF) complains that …
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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

Google's revealed its plans to remove terror-related content from YouTube and decided the investment community should hear about it before the rest of us. The plan emerged in a post first published in the Financial Times and later popped online, the company's revealed a four-point plan. As was the case in Facebook's anti- …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2017
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Facebook has a solution to all the toxic dross on its site – wait, it's not AI?

Facebook is once again trying to scrub clean its public image after it was criticized for allowing extremism to spread on its social media platform. “Our stance is simple: There’s no place on Facebook for terrorism. We remove terrorists and posts that support terrorism whenever we become aware of them,” the company declared in …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Jun 2017
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Australian oppn. leader wants to do something about Bitcoin, because terrorism and crypto

Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten has suggested that governmental action to deny use of encryption to terrorists should extend to Bitcoin. In a speech to the House of Representatives yesterday, Shorten fell into lock-step with Australia's plan to compel technology companies to build not-backdoors into their products …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2017
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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron are planning to issue multi-million pound fines to technology companies that don’t act fast enough to remove material that governments and police forces disapprove of. The UK Prime Minister and her French counterpart are meeting in Paris today and, among other Brexit and security-related topics …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Jun 2017
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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

Former MI5 boss Stella Rimington says complex communications "make it very difficult for our intelligence services" to keep pace against "hideous ideologies" whose sole aim is to kill, while cyber espionage is something "no one really knows effectively how to deal with". It was a bleak picture she painted of the threat …
Kat Hall, 7 Jun 2017

Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

Calls by a former special advisor to ex UK Prime Minister David Cameron to allow the circumvention of end-to-end encryption to monitor terrorist suspects have come under fire from security experts. Rohan Silva, government policy consultant turned co-founder at Shoreditch-based tech incubator/workspace startup Second Home, …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017
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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

British prime minister Theresa May's statement in response to the terror attacks that saw seven people murdered in London on Saturday night has again called for internet companies to make life harder for those who would discuss hateful and violent ideologies. May's statement calls for four changes in the way the UK combats …
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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

United States Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly says he's considering a ban on laptops in airline cabins from flights that leave all nations, not just Europe and the Middle East as is currently the case. On Fox News Sunday Kelly chatted with host Chris Wallace and, at the 9:10 mark of the video below, was asked if he …
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2017

Welsh Linux Mint terror nerd jailed for 8 years

Linux Mint terrorist Samata Ullah has been jailed for eight years by Cardiff Crown Court. Ullah, as we reported on Friday, was caught with, among other things, a USB cufflink loaded with a copy of the Linux distro. The former insurance worker pleaded guilty to five terrorism charges, including being a member of Islamic State …

WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has criticised plans to weaken encryption or extend surveillance in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Days after the attack on Westminster that claimed the lives of three pedestrians and a police officer, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said there should be no safe space for terrorists to communicate online. …
John Leyden, 4 Apr 2017

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