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Stronger Encryption is The Best Way to Prevent Cyber Attacks, say Apple

Apple and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation engaged in a showdown in 2016 over the iPhone used by an assailant in the San Bernardino terror attack

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Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier: Apple. Pixabay

Countering a common argument that strong encryption may come in the way of well-meaning investigation of criminal activities, Apple has stressed that stronger — not weaker — encryption is the best way to protect against threats of cyber attacks and terrorism.

In a letter to the Australian government, the Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant asserted that encryption was in fact a benefit and public good, The Verge reported on Friday.

Apple was specifically responding to a bill designed to five government easy access to the devices and data of criminals during investigations.

The tech giant said it takes technology’s role in protecting national security and citizens’s lives extremely seriously.

“Every day, over a trillion transactions occur safely over the internet as a result of encrypted communications,” Apple said in its letter while responding to the Australian Parliament’s Assistance and Access Bill.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

“Criminals and terrorists who want to infiltrate systems and disrupt sensitive networks may start their attacks by accessing just one person’s smartphone. In the face of these threats, this is no time to weaken encryption.”

While Apple was not outright condemning the bill, it, however, attempted to make the case that “the draft legislation remains dangerously ambiguous with respect to encryption and security” The Verge report added.

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Apple and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation engaged in a showdown in 2016 over the iPhone used by an assailant in the San Bernardino terror attack.

The FBI had to seek third-party help after Apple refused to assist the investigating agency unlock the phone. (IANS)

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Apple Acquires Italian Start-up for $5 Million: Report

Apple has not officially announced the acquisition as yet

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple has acquired Italian Application Programming Interface (API) integration developer – Stamplay – for $5.678 million, the media reported.

Stamplay describes itself as a “low code work-flow automation platform, empowering organisations to streamline manual work by integrating data and business applications used every day”.

However, the reasons for the iPhone-maker purchasing the Rome-based start-up remains unclear, VentureBeat reported on Thursday.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

“However, it’s noteworthy that this start-up has experience in the financial payments industry, a sector that Apple entered with Apple Pay, and is expected to expand upon with a self-branded credit card next week,” the report said.

In 2016, the start-up won Visa’s Everywhere Initiative API contest and was entrusted with an unspecified development project for the payments giant.

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As part of the deal, Apple has decided to permanently keep the Co-Founders of the company, Giuliano Iacobelli and Nicola Mattina.

Apple has not officially announced the acquisition as yet. (IANS)