The New York Times reports that an Israeli court will hear Amnesty International's suit to revoke NSO Group's export license. Amnesty objects to the sale of NSO Group's Pegasus lawful intercept tool (that is, spyware) to regimes that Amnesty alleges (with some grounds) abuse human rights. The Tel Aviv court will hear the case tomorrow.
Zscaler has agreed to settle patent infringement claims by Symantec for a single payment of $15 million, according to CRN. The agreement was reached with Broadcom, which inherited the action when it acquired the relevant parts of Symantec.
Computing reports that Equifax has agreed to settle a $380.5 million class-action suit in the matter of its 2017 data breach. The agreement, approved Monday in the US District Court for Northern District of Georgia, finalizes the credit bureau's settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission. It may not, however, be particularly easy for those affected to collect. For one thing, they must file by January 22nd, and they must be able to provide details, included demonstration of losses from unauthorized charges, costs associated with credit monitoring (and with freezing and unfreezing their credit reports), fees paid to lawyers or accountants, and so on.
The latest skirmish in the cryptowars is being fought in a familiar place: law enforcement access to encrypted information it would prefer to have in the course of investigations. US Attorney General Barr's official discussion of the investigation into the December shootings at Pensacola Naval Air Station concluded with a complaint that Apple had declined to unlock the contents of two iPhones belonging to the shooter, and a call for industry to work to find some middle ground where cooperation might be possible. President Trump seconded the Attorney General in a tweet: “We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW!" That seems, for now, unlikely. For its part Apple points out, as Buzzfeed notes, that it did provide the authorities with a great deal of data useful in their investigation, and did so promptly and appropriately. But Cupertino hasn't shifted its position on backdoors: "We have always maintained there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys. Backdoors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the data security of our customers."
Some experts contacted by Bloomberg find the whole discussion of backdooring iPhones beside the point, since there are other ways of accessing even encrypted messages in the handsets.