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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, January 29

IDG News Service staff | Jan. 30, 2015
Samsung's mobile profits slide as Apple catches up ... Amazon has an enterprise mail service up its sleeve ... Foreign tech firms say China's cybersecurity rules are meant to drive them away ... and more

Write privacy into cyberthreat laws, advocates say

Planned U.S. laws that would encourage companies to share cyberthreat information should include strong privacy protection if they are to pass without too much controversy. Representatives from Microsoft and the Center for Democracy and Technology told lawmakers Wednesday that they should require companies and government agencies to strip out personally identifiable information before sending cyberthreat information to other organizations.

Supersecure phone was not so supersecure

If you go to the trouble of buying a communication device that promises to protect you from eavesdroppers, you would expect the thing to be free of serious security holes. Unfortunately for users of the BlackPhone, the SilentText secure messaging application bundled with it had a serious vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to decrypt messages, read contact information, gather location data and even execute malicious code on the phone. The issue is fixed, but if a device built with security in mind can be flawed, consider the holes left behind when security features are an afterthought.

Watch now

In case you hadn't heard, a big snowstorm blew through the northeast of the U.S. this week. You can watch 40 hours' worth of snow pile up just outside The Upload's offices in this quick time-lapse video.

One last thing

Operating outside the law has always left criminals vulnerable to shakedowns, and that's true in the virtual world as well. Testimony in the Silk Road trial ongoing in New York revealed that the online black market had a particular business expense: paying off hackers.

 

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