As digital rights lawyer and special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation Marcia Hofmann correctly noted in her keynote at Hack in the Box Amsterdam 2015 on Thursday, this issue is like a pendulum: sometimes, like in the wake of the 1990s crypto wars, it swings towards strong encryption, but it could now swing in the other direction.
A group of researchers from Nanjing University, China, have demonstrated that Android users' movements can be tracked by simply analyzing the data provided by the devices' accelerometers and orientation sensors.
Another vulnerability courtesy of 1990s-era US export restrictions on cryptography has been discovered, and researchers believe it might be how the NSA managed to regularly break their targets' encrypted connections.
The Korea Communications Commission, South Korea's media regulation agency modeled after US' FCC, has made it mandatory for telecoms and parents to install a monitoring app on smartphones used by anyone aged 18 years or under, AP reports.
In a job posting published last week, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) - the UK version of US' National Security Agency - openly announced its intention to recruit "committed and responsible individuals who have the potential to carry out computer network operations to keep the UK safe." "This is the first time that GCHQ has openly recruited for Computer Network Operations Specialists (CNOS).
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