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Roundup It's time for another rapid roundup of computer security news beyond what we've already reported.
Uncle Sam is demanding Facebook alter its Messenger software so that American g-men can easily snoop on suspected criminals, it is claimed.
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The social network is said to be fighting off demands by the US government to deliberately hobble the strong end-to-end encryption in its chat software, and allow voice conversations to be spied on by investigators. Prosecutors are trying to hold Facebook in contempt of court for failing to build a secret backdoor in its app and open it to the Feds, we're told.
The row centers on an investigation in California into suspected members of the infamous MS-13 crime gang, a particular target of President Donald Trump, and the Feds want to listen in on their encrypted Messenger conversations.
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It is feared if the US Department of Justice is successful in force Facebook to insert a surveillance backdoor into Messenger, it will pave the way for other application developers to be pressured into providing agents and cops extraordinary access to people's private encrypted communications.
That will reignite concerns that miscreants and hackers will find and exploit these Feds-only backdoors to spy on victims. Facebook declined to comment.
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A bloke accused of hacking into video games giant Electronic Arts was told by a judge to pay his $750,000 bail in cryptocurrencies.
Martin Marsich, 25, a Serbian and Italian national who lives in Italy, was collared by the Feds after flying into San Francisco, and appeared in court in the US city this week.
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Federal Judge Jacqueline Corley ordered him to cough up the fun bucks to be allowed to a halfway house while awaiting trial. He is due in court again on Monday to confirm whether or not the bail has been posted.
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