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Using a Password Manager on Android? It May be Wide Open to Sniffing Attacks

Proof-of-concept exploit against LastPass could easily be extended to other apps. Continue reading

Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA’s Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture

Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA’s Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture

In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall began to fall, American artist Jim Sanborn was busy working on his Kryptos sculpture, a cryptographic puzzle wrapped in a riddle that he created for the CIA’s headquarters and that has been driving amateur and professional cryptographers mad ever since. To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s […]

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Bits Blog: WhatsApp Adds Improved Encryption on Android Phones

The popular messaging platform is getting more secure with technology from Open Whisper Systems. Continue reading

WhatsApp Brings Encryption to Masses

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with more than 600 million users world-wide, is now encrypting text messages by Android users. Continue reading

The Woman Who Cracked Enigma Cyphers

The remarkable story of Bletchley Park’s top female codebreaker Continue reading

Crypto attack that hijacked Windows Update goes mainstream in Amazon Cloud

Collision attack against widely used MD5 algorithm took 10 hours, cost just 65 cents. Continue reading

Google Releases “nogotofail” to Detect HTTPS Bugs Before They Bite Users

Open source tool tests connections for crypto flaws. Continue reading

UK Spy Chief, Parroting His US Counterparts, Calls for Crypto Backdoors

“Privacy has never been an absolute right,” GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan says. Continue reading

Online Drug Dealers Are Now Accepting Darkcoin, Bitcoin’s Stealthier Cousin

Online Drug Dealers Are Now Accepting Darkcoin, Bitcoin’s Stealthier Cousin

Darkcoin, bitcoin’s more anonymous cousin, is increasingly being used for online drug deals. Ironically, this could actually help take it mainstream.

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Hacker Lexicon: What Is Homomorphic Encryption?

Homomorphic encryption is a method for securing data whose inventor just won the MacArthur Genius Award. It could make sensitive information more secure, but it’s incredibly difficult. The post Hacker Lexicon: What Is Homomorphic Encryption? appeared … Continue reading

Latest Android Encrypted by Default, Adds “Smart” Device Locking

Google reveals features designed to make Android “Lollipop” more secure Continue reading

VIDEO: Keyless cars ‘targeted by thieves’

Organised criminal gangs are increasingly targeting high-end cars with keyless security systems, a UK motoring industry group has warned. Continue reading

Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders

On Friday afternoon Kickstarter suspended the crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, an initiative to sell a tiny, $45 router that would run all the user’s online traffic over the anonymity network Tor. The post Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router… Continue reading

Privacy Advocates Don’t Buy FBI’s Warning About Encryption Practices

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones. Continue reading

Privacy Router Anonabox Gets $600K in Crowdfunding—And Huge Backlash

Privacy Router Anonabox Gets $600K in Crowdfunding—And Huge Backlash

The Tor-enabled router project known as Anonabox successfully tapped into thousands of Internet users’ desire for simpler privacy tech. Unfortunately, it wasn’t ready for the scrutiny that success brought with it.

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Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible

Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible

As a journalist, Laura Poitras was the quiet mastermind behind the publication of Edward Snowden’s unprecedented NSA leak. As a filmmaker, her new movie Citizenfour makes clear she’s one of the most important directors working in documentary today. And when it comes to security technology, she’s a serious geek.

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The Secure Smartphone that Won’t Get You Beaten with Rubber Hoses

A new take on the secure smartphone, with a secure messaging app to go with it. Continue reading

SSL broken, again, in POODLE attack

Yet another flaw could prove to be the final nail in SSLv3’s coffin. Continue reading

Apple Says iOS Encryption Protects Privacy; FBI Raises Crime Fears

Apple says its new operating system for the iPhone features encryption so secure that not even Apple has the key to it. But the FBI warns that the software could limit its ability to fight crime. Continue reading

Apple’s iPhone Encryption Is a Godsend, Even if Cops Hate It

Apple’s iPhone Encryption Is a Godsend, Even if Cops Hate It

It took the upheaval of the Edward Snowden revelations to make clear to everyone that we need protection from snooping, governmental and otherwise. Snowden illustrated the capabilities of determined spies, and said what security experts have preached for years: Strong encryption of our data is a basic necessity, not a luxury.

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