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Dec 26th 2016

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Security and Privacy in 2016

Mirai botnet, Fancy Bear, Yahoo hack, Shadow Brokers, Snoopers Charter, encryption
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Megan Morrone, Jason Howell, and Iain Thomson from The Register take a look at some of the biggest security and privacy stories from 2016. The Internet of Things has proven to be a powerful vector for widespread Internet attacks. The DNC is hacked by purported Russian Government hackers and sets a precedent for election hacktivism. Yahoo and Adult Friend Finder hacks put many millions of user details at risk. NSA spy tools are put up for auction by the Shadow Brokers. The UK passes the Investigatory Powers Bill, broadening its surveillance powers in unprecedented ways. A terror attack in San Bernardino sparks a months long debate around backdoors and encryption, and Apple refuses to play ball. Messaging services double down on encrypted communication for its users.

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