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Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says

By | api, Bluetooth, China, computer security, computing, encryption, Gadgets, lenovo, Password, spokesperson, web server, Zhongguancun

Lenovo’s Watch X was widely panned as “absolutely terrible.” As it turns out, so was its security. The low-end $50 smart watch was one of Lenovo’s cheapest smart watches. Available only for the China market, anyone who wants one has to buy one directly from the mainland. Lucky for Erez Yalon, head of security research at […]

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Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data

By | adiantum, cryptography, encryption, Gadgets, Google, Mobile, Security, TC

Encryption is an important part of the whole securing-your-data package, but it’s easy to underestimate the amount of complexity it adds to any service or device. One part of that is the amount of processing encryption takes — an amount that could be impractical on small or low-end devices. Google wants to change that with a highly efficient new method called Adiantum.

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Security researchers have busted the encryption in several popular Crucial and Samsung SSDs

By | cryptography, disk encryption, encryption, Gadgets, Hardware, open source software, Security, solid state drive

Researchers at Radboud University have found critical security flaws in several popular Crucial and Samsung solid state drives (SSDs), which they say can be easily exploited to recover encrypted data without knowing the password. The researchers, who detailed their findings in a new paper out Monday, reverse engineered the firmware of several drives to find […]

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Inquiry finds FBI sued Apple to unlock phone without considering all options

By | Apple, Apple vs. FBI, encryption, FBI, Gadgets, Government, Mobile, privacy, Security, TC

The Office of the Inspector General has issued its report on the circumstances surrounding the FBI’s 2016 lawsuit attempting to force Apple to unlock an iPhone as part of a criminal investigation. While it stops short of saying the FBI was untruthful in its justification of going to court, the report is unsparing of the bureaucracy and clashing political motives that ultimately undermined that justification.

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