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Via Satellite

March 20, 2018

Facing the Challenging Lawful Intercept Landscape

Satellite companies building next-generation networks must be prepared to meet obligations for lawful intercept, says Subsentio Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Bock. If network operators are unable to comply with a legal request for specific data from a law enforcement agency, there could be a hefty price to pay, he warned in an interview with Via Satellite.

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Washington Post

November 26, 2017

For professional wiretappers, technology brings challenges and opportunities

Some people regard government surveillance as a necessary evil at best. But in the District’s outer suburbs, covertly listening in on Americans’ phone calls is considered a stable line of business by at least one local company.

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June 1, 2017

Sonus and Subsentio: Strengthening Security in Cloud Communications

We hear about it every day – communications network security is under siege. The most common and fastest-growing threat is cybercrime, with staggering impact on those victimized. By one estimate, the global cost of cybercrime will reach US $6 trillion by 2021.

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Washington Business Journal

May 12, 2017

In an age of wiretaps and instant communication, this Chantilly firm looks to grow

Steve Bock just wanted to catch the bad guy.

Bock was working for intelligence and technology firm SS8 on the day of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and drove into New York City to get to its Manhattan office. Along the way he saw the smoke rising from the World Trade Center, and he decided he wanted to do more to stop criminals.

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April 19, 2017

Subsentio Gets US Export Approval for Cloud-Based Virtual Surveillance Tool

Centennial, Colorado-based electronic surveillance services provider Subsentio has secured clearance from the U.S. government to export a cloud-based virtual surveillance platform to a customer in Europe.

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Communications Applications

February 8, 2017

Subsentio, Sonus Make Big Announcement at ITEXPO

Subsentio, the CALEA Compliance Company, is known for providing total solutions that comply with surveillance laws such as the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. The company prides itself on offering all the components that are essential to compliance with the law, including technology, legal expertise and direct experience with law enforcement.

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February 7, 2017

Subsentio and Sonus Take Lawful Intercept Virtual and to the Cloud

At ITEXPO today, Subsentio, the CALEA Compliance Company, and Sonus Networks, Inc., a global leader in secure and intelligent cloud communications, announced the successful integration of Subsentio’s newly-released Virtual Safe Harbor Intercept Mediator (SHIM) with the Sonus Session Border Controller Software Edition (SBC SWe).

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December 15, 2016

Who would want access to 1 billion Yahoo accounts?

“Depending on who’s got it, you might want to, rather than sell it, extract information out of [the accounts], and sell that information, rather than give up the fact that you’ve got all that information,” says Marcus Thomas, who was the FBI’s assistant director of operational technology until 2011, and is now the chief technology officer of Subsentio, a provider of legally authorized surveillance services to law enforcement in the U.S.

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November 28, 2016

Subsentio Gears Up for ITEXPO

Legal issues are something no company wants to run into, but sometimes knowing whether or not a technology meets guidelines can be a bit tricky. For instance, some communication service providers (CSPs) are unsure of where they are subject to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), while others assume that their network hardware comes “CALEA compliant.” These assumptions, especially by companies who think CALEA does not apply to them at all, can land companies in a lot of trouble.

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September 24, 2016

ISPs Offered Service to “Protect Safe Harbor” Under DMCA

Subsentio says that following the $25m ruling against Cox Communications in the BMG/Rightscorp case, ISPs need to be more cautious when handling and documenting warnings sent to pirate customers.

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February 22, 2016

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Apple Controversy Puts CALEA Statute In Spotlight as Wheeler Readies for March Hill Hearings

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will venture to Capitol Hill next month</span> amid a fierce debate surrounding the government push to force Apple to unlock one of its devices and ongoing consideration of whether and how to tweak the wiretap law known as the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) as a way to address broader encryption concerns. Hill observers expect Wheeler to get questions about CALEA and the FCC’s perspective on tweaking it, a topic that also came up during a November oversight hearing following the deadly attacks in Paris.

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Associated Press

February 17, 2016

Is Strong Encryption a Weapon in the Hands of Terrorists?

Apple has vowed to fight government requests to decrypt an iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists, claiming such a move would subject customers to future hacking and privacy violations. Federal law enforcement officials argue that the device may contain vital evidence that explains the motivation for an attack that left 15 dead, and perhaps lead investigators to other suspects in the terrorists’ network.

Interviewed by the AP in this story on the looming court battle, which some predict may go all the way to U.S. Supreme Court, Subsentio CTO Marcus Thomas takes the side of law enforcement, and once again gets the last word:

“Society wants to know that companies aren’t producing these complicated services and devices that can be used as weapons against them.”

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Associated Press

November 24, 2015
Why Can’t Government and Tech Agree on Encryption?

Recent news reports indicate that ISIS trains new members in encryption and even provides a 24 X 7 hotline for budding terrorists who need help in learning how to code messages in ways that are impenetrable to law enforcement and government agencies. One of terrorists’ favorite tools: “strong encryption” using a 256 bit cryptographic key that is almost impossible to crack.

Are U.S. tech leaders who advocate “strong encryption” in the name of privacy playing into the hands of terrorists? Are law enforcement agencies right in asking tech companies to build “back doors” into encrypted devices in order to help catch dangerous elements and protect public safety?

Subsentio Chief Technology Officer Marcus Thomas gets the last word in this Associated Press story:

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Insider Surveillance

June 5, 2015
Subsentio Buys Neustar’s Lawful Intercept Business

Subsentio, a trusted third party provider (TTP) of CALEA solutions to U.S. communications service providers, has purchased the lawful intercept and warrant management businesses of Neustar.

Key elements of the agreement:

  • Communications service providers previously served by Neustar’s Legal Compliance Services (LCS) division are now under management by Subsentio.
  • With Neustar’s warrant management business under its wing, Subsentio has a new service to offer its legacy customers and future prospects.
  • Neustar employees that worked for LCS are transferring to Subsentio.

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Call Recording

March 10, 2015

Subsentio Announces Safe Harbor Cloud

Subsentio, which bills itself as “the CALEA compliance company,” has announced Subsentio Safe Harbor Cloud.

The new offering aims to give service providers an easy way to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

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Wireless Week

March 9, 2015
FirstNews Briefs: Sprint, Techstars, Verizon, Subsentio

Sprint and Techstars today announced the 10 teams participating in their second annual mobile health accelerator, located in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Mo. The program begins today. The teams are Alcohoot, HealthID, Hidrate, iDoc24, Jolt, Ovatemp, Oxie, Rex Pet Health, Social Code, Triomi.

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RCR Reader Forum

November 10, 2014
Will Apple’s encryption move trigger stronger surveillance laws?

Apple’s recent move to protect smart-device privacy by throwing away customers’ encryption keys drew cheers from privacy advocates when first announced. But it may yet backfire on smart-device manufacturers and mobile operators in ways never anticipated.

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Call Recording

August 6, 2014
Subsentio’s Steve Bock to Talk CALEA at ITEXPO

Not so long ago, word emerged about how law enforcement was having a particularly difficult time adjusting to the modern communications environment. With new technology for communications arriving regularly, and the laws better suited to the older technology, conflicts can arise. But one law designed to help on this front is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and this law will get a special look thanks to Subsentio’s president, Steve Bock, at the upcoming ITEXPO event.

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Internet Telephony

April 2, 2014
A Cloud Provider’s Checklist for CALEA Compliance 

Nearly a decade has passed since federal policymakers expanded the reach of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act to VoIP, cloud, and certain broadband service providers. Yet a surprising number remain in the dark over their responsibility to comply with the law and provide technical support to law enforcement for lawful intercept.

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Time Magazine

October 21, 2013
Why The Deep Web Has Washington Worried
From online drug bazaars to virtual currency tax shelters, the growing anonymous web has many corners of Washington concerned

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October 24, 2013
Subsentio Joins Intelepeer Fluent ‘Faas’ Marketplace

Subsentio, a provider of services for court ordered lawful electronic surveillance, revealed that it has joined the IntelePeer (News – Alert) Fluent ‘Federation as a Service’ (FaaS) Marketplace and has implemented a new channel for Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) compliance.

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RCR: Reader Forum

June 19, 2013
Team Telecom, the Softbank/Sprint Deal and the Impact on CALEA Obligations

Some CSPs are subject to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), the U.S. statute that requires telecommunications carriers to install technical capabilities for lawful surveillance. In those cases Team Telecom would expect the CSP to comply with CALEA. In fact, Team Telecom could ask the CSP to install surveillance capabilities beyond the requirements of CALEA. If the CSP refuses, Team Telecom could withhold its consent to the CSP’s Section 214 application. That right of consent gives Team Telecom strong regulatory powers and leaves the CSP with little or no bargaining power as the risk mitigation measures are “negotiated.”

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VoIP Internet Telephony Magazine (subscribers only)

May 20, 2013
Wiretapping’s Real Threat – Non-Compliance

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April 5, 2013
DEA Can’t Get Around iMessage Encryption Roadblocks

The gap between technology and law enforcement grew a little wider this week following revelations that the Drug Enforcement Agency can’t unlock the encryption on iMessage, Apple’s texting app. What’s ironic about the situation is that increased fears about data hacks by identity thieves, along with the rise of mobile devices, have led to greater use of encryption by tech companies like Apple.

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RCR Reader Forum

April 8, 2013
When Should a Wireless Carrier Disclose Location Data to Law Enforcement?

Wireless carriers often receive court orders to assist electronic surveillance by law enforcement agencies. In fact, over the last decade, the number of court orders for electronic surveillance has doubled to some 3,000 per year, according to U.S. court statistics, and increasingly they bear on wireless carriers.

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March 14, 2013
Wiretapping Firm Says Telecom Providers Could Be Handing Over More Data Than Authorized

Wiretapping emails and phone calls has always been a contentious law enforcement tactic. But now surveillance is becoming more of a legal minefield than ever in the United States, thanks to a clash between European and American eavesdropping regulations—and some telecom firms could be handing over data on suspects without court authorization.

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