News Bits, IEEE Cipher E122, September 2014

Apple has introduced pervasive encryption into its newest phones, and user who want to take advantage of this strong protection need to understand that Apple cannot help them access their encrypted data. "No training wheels" for iOS8!

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot
"Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data."
by Cyrus Farivar
Ars Technica
Sept 17 2014

Is Apple Picking a Fight With the U.S. Government? Not exactly

By Matthew Green
Slate Magazine

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants
By Craig Timberg
Washington Post
September 18, 2014


Home Depot's internal network for credit and debit card transactions was filtrated by persons unknown, and as a result, information about 56 million credit cards was exposed. Home Depot announced this on September 2, but the hackers had been operating since April. How did this happen? "Home Depot sells hammers", according to an ex-employee.

Ex-Employees Say Home Depot Left Data Vulnerable
By Julie Creswell and Nicole Perlroth
Sept. 19, 2014

Home Depot: 56 million cards exposed in breach
By Melvin Backman
September 18, 2014