Encryption

Flawed reporting about WhatsApp

Cumulative effect of missteps led the Guardian to overstate the potential impact on the security of users’ messaging<p>The Guardian was wrong to report in January that the popular messaging service WhatsApp had a security flaw so serious that it was a huge threat to freedom of speech.<p>But it was right …

WhatsApp

'Wrong to report': The Guardian is backtracking on a controversial story about WhatsApp

The Guardian on Wednesday published changes to a controversial story that originally claimed Facebook's popular messaging service, WhatsApp, had a "backdoor" that could give third parties a way to read private messages.<p>The original story has not been taken down, but it has been revised and there is …

Security

TunnelBear VPN (for Mac)

<b>Pros</b><p>The best overall speed test scores for macOS. Friendly, charming interface. Blocks ads. Excellent privacy policies. Unique features specifically …

Security

Russia scraps plans to ban Telegram messaging app

MOSCOW – Russia has ditched plans to ban the Telegram messaging app after its owner agreed to register the company in the country, authorities said Wednesday.<p>Telegram, which provides end-to-end encrypted messaging, has prided itself on privacy and has protested the Russian government's demands to …

Russia

Happy 10th birthday iPhone, the nearest thing to a secure pocket computer

It’s common for security experts to regard themselves as necessary critics, guardians against malpractice, and raisers of worst-case scenarios. While …

Security

Tresorit and Realm to deliver end-to-end encryption for reactive, collaborative mobile apps

Tresorit, the cloud encryption company, and Realm, the mobile platform powering the world’s most responsive applications, announced a partnership to …

Security

New Token Ring uses fingerprint reader, Bluetooth to securely authenticate wearer

A new ring called Token embeds Bluetooth and a fingerprint reader, and promises to enhance biometric authentication with compatibility across a large …

Apple

Five Eyes agree to engage with industry on terrorists’ use of encryption

Officials from five countries including Canada have agreed to “engagement” with communication-service providers on the use of encryption among terrorists and other criminals – which Canadian law enforcement and government agencies have described as an impediment to investigations.<p>Security and …

Privacy

Cyberghost CEO: Assume everything online is public until further notice

Ransomware is terrifying for businesses, entire companies could fall without access to important corporate files. It’s no picnic for individuals either; dependence on smart devices and cloud storage make a lot of us easy targets for cyber-criminals.<p>The amount of risk people take, using their …

Privacy

Signal tests changes to how users verify secure contacts

Last November, Signal introduced a few changes to how it manages its safety numbers -- the unique code given to each conversation you have on the app. Safety numbers can change because someone gets a new phone and reinstalled the app or because the conversation has been compromised. Typically, …

Security

The battle over encryption and what it means for our privacy

<i>Kenneth Roth is executive director of Human Rights Watch</i><p>It is a rare law enforcement officer or intelligence agent who doesn’t want access to more information. Yet total information awareness, to use a term from the George W. Bush administration era, has never been possible. Some people whisper to …

Privacy

Australia's encryption thwart thought is fraught

It's not an attack on mathematics. Attorney-General Brandis' attack on terrorist encryption is an attack on the very fabric of secure mobile …

Surveillance

Orwl Secure PC Designed For Sensitive Data

If you are searching for the ultimate mini PC to keep your sensitive data secure the new ORWL mini PC may be worth more investigation and has been …

Security

Schroedinger's Pet(ya)

Ransomware Vulnerabilities and exploits<p>Earlier today (June 27th), we received reports about a new wave of ransomware attacks spreading around the …

Kaspersky Lab

Quantum Computing Key to Secure Blockchain: Carnegie Mellon Chief Scientist

While Blockchain technology is a relatively new innovation, it has been steadily gaining recognition recently. According to Gregory Shannon, Chief …

Quantum Mechanics

Telegram app used in Russian terror plot faces ban

The messaging app, which has over 100 millions users worldwide, was used to plot a suicide bombing that killed 16, Russia's FSB security service said.<p>Russia could soon block Telegram, a messaging app used by 6 million in the country and over 100 million around the world.<p>Terrorists had used Telegram …

Saint Petersburg

How to completely lock down your sensitive PDFs

If you have important documents on your computer, there’s a good chance they’re PDFs. There’s also a good chance you’re not do everything you can to …

Software

Australia announces plan to ban working cryptography at home and in the US, UK, New Zealand, and Canada

The Australian Attorney General and a key Australian minister have published a memo detailing the demand they plan on presenting to the next Five …

Security

Hacker Steals Millions of Accounts from Internet Radio Service 8tracks

The data includes usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords.<p>Millions of accounts for internet radio service 8tracks are being traded on the digital underground, judging by a set of stolen user details obtained by Motherboard.<p>8tracks is cross between a social network and an internet radio …

Security

How Not to Encrypt a File — Courtesy of Microsoft

A client recently sent me a crypto spec which involved some, how do I say, <i>suboptimal</i> use of crypto primitives. They’re .Net users so I decided to …

Security

The UK Has a Dirty Secret for Spying on Encrypted Messages: Hacking

Members of the media and some politicians are near-constantly talking about accessing terrorist communications, but are ignoring one of the most viable solutions.<p>After a string of terrorist attacks in the UK this year, members of the government have renewed their pressure on tech companies such as …

Surveillance

Russia threatens to ban Telegram if it doesn’t hand over data

Russia's communications regulator has demanded Telegram turn over information about the messaging app and the company behind it or risk being blocked. Founder Pavel Durov said that Telegram had also been asked to give the Russian government access to decrypt user messages, all in the name of …

Russia

Encrypted chat app Telegram warned by Russian regulator: 'comply or goodbye'

Russia's communications regulator is threatening to lower the boom on popular encrypted messaging application Telegram.<p>It might look like yet another …

Security

Perils of Back Door Encryption Mandates

(Washington, DC) – The governments that constitute the intelligence partnership known as “The Five Eyes,” will meet on June 26-27, 2017, in Ottawa to …

Privacy

How safe is iMessage in the cloud?

Of all the problems iMessage has, Apple says it plans to solve a persistent one: having access to all your conversations on every device, instead of …

Apple

Australia wants governments to decrypt terrorists’ secure messages

This week, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand -- the "Five Eyes" alliance -- will meet in Ottawa, Canada, to discuss protecting borders and best practices for combatting terrorism. Yesterday, Australia announced they wanted to add something to the agenda: a push …

Security

Amazon RDS Enables Encryption at Rest for Additional T2 Instance Types

Encryption on smaller T2 database instances is useful for development and test use cases, where you want the environment to have identical security …

Cloud Computing

Weaker encryption up for debate, SpaceX double launch

In today's tech news, Australian officials push for weaker encryption of social media at "Five Eyes" summit, and UK Parliament email accounts are attacked. Plus, SpaceX pulls off back-to-back launches.

Security

UK Govt Wants Encryption Backdoors but Can't Even Protect Its Email Servers From a Brute-Force Attack

A "determined" attacker has breached the email system of the UK Parliament over the weekend, according to a statement put out by the UK government on …

Security

$18 billion deal for Toshiba's memory division further challenged by Western Digital

Extending the saga even further, Western Digital has notified Toshiba's board of directors that it formally opposes Toshiba's sale of its memory …

Apple