Michael O'Connor

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About the supposed factoring of a 4096 bit RSA key

<b>tl;dr</b> News about a broken 4096 bit RSA key are not true. It is just a faulty copy of a valid key.<br>Earlier today a blog post claiming the factoring of …

Elliptic Curve Cryptography: a gentle introduction

Those of you who know what public-key cryptography is may have already heard of <b>ECC</b>, <b>ECDH</b> or <b>ECDSA</b>. The first is an acronym for Elliptic Curve …

Apple Watch is a miniature replica of the original iPhone

With its small screen and 0.46-inch thickness, the original iPhone from 2007 looks like an antique these days. Put it next to the Apple Watch, however, and it’s remarkable how similar the two devices look in terms of their design language.<p>At 0.45 inches, the Apple Watch is ever so slightly thinner, …

Deep dive into QUANTUM INSERT

Summary and recommendationsQUANTUMINSERT (QI) is actually a relatively old technique. In order to exploit it, you will need a monitoring capabilities …

Daredevil is coming back to Netflix for a second season

Matt Murdock — better known as crime-fighter Daredevil — is finding his way back to the small screen. Netflix has announced that the Marvel hero will return in a second season of <i>Daredevil</i>, due to hit the streaming service at an unspecified point in 2016. No plot details have been announced yet, but …

Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

The fix? RUN AWAY!<b>RSA 2015</b> A vulnerability in iOS 8 can be exploited by malicious wireless hotspots to repeatedly crash and reboot nearby Apple …

Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X Glass Display Cover Subjected to Scratch Test in New Video

Earlier this month, a video surfaced showing the incredible scratch resistance of the sapphire crystal display cover used in the stainless steel and Edition Apple Watches, and now another video claims to show the scratch resistance of the Ion-X glass display cover used in the Apple Watch Sport.<p>The …

How I Hacked Ola, India's Biggest Startup

<i>This post originally appeared on Medium.</i><p>A few weeks ago I was monitoring my phone traffic from a proxy server. While doing that I saw Ola API calls going from my phone (since I was booking a cab).<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND …

This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

Cryptech in need of fundsAn open-source hardware project aimed at making the internet "a little bit safer" needs an influx of cash to continue its …

How U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

U.S. Dept. of State

This Microsoft help page comes with a warning: 'this process requires patience'

How could something so simple become so hopelessly complicated?<p>I may have accidentally stumbled into the purgatory of Microsoft online services. It all happened innocently enough: if you're anything like me, you probably set up your Xbox Live account many years ago. Maybe you were even a child or a …

Secret Service may have erased surveillance tapes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secret Service Director Joe Clancy told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting that the Secret Service may have erased surveillance video of agents driving a car through an active bomb threat investigation at the White House.<p>House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN …

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Ghent, Belgium<p><b>Why go?</b><br>While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture and historical sites - St Bavo Cathedral is the obvious one - but you’ll also find a buzzing contemporary creative scene too, with …

European Travel

Islamic State's smashing of artifacts latest act of cultural hatred

When<p>Islamic Stateextremists took sledgehammers to what may have been centuries-old treasures in the Iraqi city of Mosul, they were indulging in a long and ruinous tradition of intolerance that has destroyed priceless artifacts around the planet.<p>From the Taliban's 2001 dynamiting of 6th century …

Court: Adultery not a crime in South Korea

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> For 62 years, if you cheated on your husband or wife in South Korea, you could end up in prison.<p>Not anymore.<p>South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a law that made adultery a crime, saying it violates the East Asian nation's constitution.<p>"The …

South Korea

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

<b>AMERICAN AND BRITISH</b> spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys …

Another update on the Truecrypt audit

For those of you who don’t know what the Truecrypt audit is: in late 2013 Kenn White, myself, and a group of advisors started a project to undertake …

Information Security

This — not the Apple Watch — is what really scares the Swiss watch industry

Ian Parker has a magisterial profile of Apple design chief Jonny Ive in the current issue of the New Yorker that's largely built around the forthcoming Apple Watch. But it also contains a fascinating tidbit about what really scares the Switzerland-based luxury watch industry. It has nothing to do …

The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives

It's been known for a while that the NSA will intercept and bug equipment to spy on its soon-to-be owners, but the intellgency agency's techniques are apparently more clever than first thought. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered apparently state-created spyware buried in the …

Surveillance

Cracking WPA/WPA2 Tutorial in Kali Linux

When it comes to WiFi security, WPA/WPA2 seems to be more secure and reliable than WEP encryption technique; however nothing is secure and everything …

A Crypto Trick That Makes Software Nearly Impossible to Reverse-Engineer

Software reverse engineering, the art of pulling programs apart to figure out how they work, is what makes it possible for sophisticated hackers to …

Cybersecurity

Network breaking and entering: Ars tests the Pwn Plug R3

Pwnie Express' latest appliance levels up hardware, steps away from sneakiness.<p>Imagine for a moment the following scenario: you're the manager for a …

This Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Has Spent $300,000 On 'Smart Drugs'

Founders like Dave Asprey, a 41-year-old Californian, chug fistfuls of pills every morning in the hopes that these supplements will give them a competitive edge in an already competitive market, reports CNN.<p>The drug cocktail Asprey takes is a mix of "smart drugs" meant to increase brain function …

How Apple ruined Google’s plan for a fingerprint scanner in the Nexus 6

Google and Motorola went all out with the Nexus 6 to make it as good as flagship rivals from other manufacturers, but their super-sized handset could …

Leatherman's New Wearable Tech Can Repair Your Wearable Tech

The Leatherman Tread will come out this Summer. It's an interesting departure for the company, and an industry first: a serious multi-tool that can …

Wearable Tech

Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions …

10 Dishes Every Beginner Cook Should Master

What's the best dish for a beginner cook to try? We asked star chefs from all over the country for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say.<p>…

Apple bows to Chinese demand for iPhone security audit

The Chinese government has succeeded in getting Apple to open up its hardware and software to a security audit, prompted by concerns of ‘backdoor’ surveillance<p>Apple has accepted Chinese demands for a full security inspection of its products to ensure that it can continue selling its hardware in the …