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Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd's call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption | Technolo... - 0 views

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    "That's the crux of the problem. While you can legislate to only give state agencies access to terrorists' communications, and with proper oversight and authorisation, you cannot actually build encryption that works like that. If you put a backdoor in, it's there not just for security services to exploit, but for cyber-criminals, oppressive regimes and anyone else."
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Breathe Easy Bitcoiners, Quantum Computing No Match For Sha-2 Encryption | Hacked - 0 views

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    "Some people assume that once quantum computing comes along modern encryption technologies will be outpowered. But experts are starting to posit that hash functions and asymmetric encryption could defend not only against modern computers, but also against quantum attackers from the future."
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​Chrome: Stop future computers from cracking current encryption - CNET - 0 views

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    "Google released a beta test version of its Chrome browser that attempts to keep your data secure even if today's uncrackable encryption becomes tomorrow's code-breaking cakewalk.

    The Chrome 54 beta gets the ability to encipher data sent to and from websites with a technology called CECPQ1. It "protects against future attacks using large quantum computers," Google said in a blog post Thursday."
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Quantum Computers Are Coming. The World Might Not Be Ready. - Bloomberg View - 0 views

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    "As dire as that sounds, panic isn't in order just yet. Researchers are already working on "quantum-resistant" encryption. Some companies claim to have made significant progress in the field. Google, among others, is working on a new form of security for its browser that might rebuff a quantum algorithm."
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China launches quantum satellite for 'hack-proof' communications | World news | The Gua... - 0 views

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    ""The satellite's two-year mission will be to develop 'hack-proof' quantum communications, allowing users to send messages securely and at speeds faster than light," Xinhua reported."
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Turkey coup plotters' use of 'amateur' app helped unveil their network | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "Security experts who looked at the app, known as ByLock, at the request of Reuters said it appeared to be the work of amateur software developers and had left important information about its users unencrypted."
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Petya ransomware encryption system cracked - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Petya ransomware victims can now unlock infected computers without paying.

    An unidentified programmer has produced a tool that exploits shortfalls in the way the malware encrypts a file that allows Windows to start up.

    In notes put on code-sharing site Github, he said he had produced the key generator to help his father-in-law unlock his Petya-encrypted computer."
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Quantum computing: Game changer or security threat? - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Quantum computing may offer potential benefits to the financial services industry, but it also poses risks.

    Banks rely on encryption to keep their transactions and customer data secure. This involves scrambling and unscrambling data using keys made of very large numbers - tens, if not hundreds, of digits long."
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Major sites including New York Times and BBC hit by 'ransomware' malvertising | Technol... - 0 views

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    "The malware was delivered through multiple ad networks, and used a number of vulnerabilities, including a recently-patched flaw in Microsoft's former Flash competitor Silverlight, which was discontinued in 2013.

    When the infected adverts hit users, they redirect the page to servers hosting the malware, which includes the widely-used (amongst cybercriminals) Angler exploit kit. That kit then attempts to find any back door it can into the target's computer, where it will install cryptolocker-style software, which encrypts the user's hard drive and demands payment in bitcoin for the keys to unlock it."
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UK government plans to weaken encryption 'threatens way of life, privacy and economic s... - 0 views

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    "Apple has warned the UK government that proposals in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill to demand technology firms weaken encryption would make the data of millions of law-abiding citizens less secure and make it easier for hackers to "cause chaos"."
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Tech firms warn snooper's charter could end strong encryption in Britain | Technology |... - 0 views

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    ""Nothing in this bill ensures the security of that data, either. Instead it turns every business providing telecommunications in or to the United Kingdom into an attack vector. The best way to guarantee the safety of user data is for it to not exist. Our national security will be significantly enhanced if we store less data, not more, and increase the use of strong cryptography, rather than reducing it.""
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The 'Athens Affair' shows why we need encryption without backdoors | Trevor Timm | Comm... - 0 views

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    "One of the biggest arguments against mandating backdoors in encryption is the fact that, even if you trust the United States government never to abuse that power (and who does?), other criminal hackers and foreign governments will be able to exploit the backdoor to use it themselves. A backdoor is an inherent vulnerability that other actors will attempt to find and try to use it for their own nefarious purposes as soon as they know it exists, putting all of our cybersecurity at risk. "
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Why appeasing governments over encryption will never work | Comment is free | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In case you're wondering what could be wrong with entrusting secret keys to the government for use "in exceptional circumstances", just ponder this: a few months ago, hackers (suspected to be Chinese) stole the personnel records of 21.5 million US federal employees, including the records of every person given a government background check for the last 15 years."
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Whatsapp integrates Moxie Marlinspike's Textsecure end-to-end crypto - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Marlinspike's Textsecure has an impeccable reputation as a secure platform, and Whatsapp founder Jan Koum attributes his desire to add security to his users' conversations to his experiences with the surveillance state while growing up in Soviet Ukraine. However, without any independent security audit or (even better) source-code publication, we have to take the company's word that it has done the right thing and that it's done it correctly."
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ISPs caught sabotaging their customers' email encryption - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "But ISPs in the USA and Thailand have been caught sabotaging STARTTLS, interrupting the negotiation between mail-servers to prevent the encryption bit from being turned on, leaving millions of peoples' email liable to snooping by crooks, governments, spies and others. "
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BBC News - Ministry of Justice fined over prison data loss - 0 views

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    "The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said the penalty was related to the loss of a hard drive containing the details of almost 3,000 prisoners at Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire.

    The disk was not encrypted."
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NSA Building Computer to Break 'Nearly Every Kind of Encryption' [REPORT] - 0 views

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    "The agency has invested nearly $80 million to build a computer that could break "nearly every kind of encryption," according to a Washington Post report published online Thursday. Based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Post reports the NSA is racing to build a "cryptologically useful quantum computer" research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets.""
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MafiaLeaks promises whistleblowers safety from the Family | Media | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "MafiaLeaks uses the encrypted anonymising browser Tor to enable informants to securely share their secrets with the site. Currently, the recipients are limited by MafiaLeaks to the Fatto Quotidiano newspaper, the Sicilian TV station Telejato and Antonella Beccaria, an independent investigative journalist. All are known for their anti-mafia activities."
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