How to Get Next-Level Cryptography With a Crappy Old Nokia Phone

Remember the Nokia N9? Probably not—but geek points if you do—because it was a smartphone that was DOA and used by pretty much no one. But even a three-year-old smartphone is pretty sophisticated piece of machinery. Using just an N9 and light, physicists have found a way to generate the random numbers algorithms used… » 9/12/14 3:57pm Friday 3:57pm

The Extra Step You Need to Take Before You Sell Your Android Device

If you're putting your Android phone or tablet up for sale on eBay, then a factory reset might not be enough to destroy all of the data on it. On some devices, the files and photos on your phone aren't actually erased—just the references and file structure around them. With a few hacking tools, anyone can scrape some… » 8/22/14 1:15pm 8/22/14 1:15pm

Hacking Into Traffic Lights With a Plain Old Laptop Is Scary Simple

The idea that our traffic data systems are vulnerable is not a new one. In fact, improving cyber security on our nation's infrastructure is a huge priority right now. But a new study from the University of Michigan on the vulnerabilities of traffic lights is shocking proof that we need to make some major changes, and… » 8/19/14 5:50pm 8/19/14 5:50pm

Pro Hackers Could Be Spying on You Through YouTube

Bad news, dudes and dudettes. It's getting increasingly straight-forward for deep-pocketed hackers to buy commercial-grade equipment so sophisticated that it can infect your computer with malware when you do something as innocuous as watching cat videos on YouTube. This is why it's time to encrypt your shit. » 8/15/14 4:09pm 8/15/14 4:09pm

This Tool Makes Encrypting Files As Easy As Locking Your Door

Encryption options like PGP are great, but the labyrinth of keys and passwords that look like a master's thesis written in gibberish can be overwhelming. For simple exchanges, there's now an easier way. A Chrome browser extension called Minilock is offering a simple encryption option for people who want to make sure… » 8/04/14 9:19am 8/04/14 9:19am

Report: Israel Spied on John Kerry's Phone Calls During Peace Talks

Earlier today, Der Spiegel reported that Israel might have done a little cellular snooping on US Secretary of State John Kerry during peace talks with the Palestinians last year. Apparently, during the height of the peace talks, Kerry made several important phone calls just using a normal telephone beamed via… » 8/03/14 11:27am 8/03/14 11:27am

U-Boats, Spies, and White Magic: The Invention of Wireless Cryptography

The wireless telegraph station in Sayville, New York was one of the most powerful in the world. Constructed by the German company Telefunken in 1912, it served as a transatlantic relay point for diplomatic messages and business communications. It was a beacon among amateur wireless enthusiasts around the United… » 7/11/14 3:43pm 7/11/14 3:43pm

How Heartbleed Works: The Code Behind the Internet's Security Nightmare

By now you've surely heard of Heartbleed, the hole in the internet's security that exposed countless encrypted transactions to any attacker who knew how to abuse it. But how did it actually work? Once you break it down, it's actually incredibly simple. And a little hilarious. But mostly terrifying. » 4/09/14 2:59pm 4/09/14 2:59pm

Heartbleed: Why the Internet's Gaping Security Hole Is So Scary

In the past 15 or so years, we've all learned to feel pretty safe on the internet. BigSite.com is surely handling your credit card information safely, at least as safely as any brick and mortar store. Maybe don't be so sure; there's been a bug lurking in one of the internet's most important security measures for… » 4/08/14 1:08pm 4/08/14 1:08pm

HSTS: The Security That All Websites Should Be Using

You would think that by now the Internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn't intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the Internet, that… » 4/07/14 6:00am 4/07/14 6:00am

Yahoo Is Finally Encrypting the Bulk of Its Data

We were thrilled to hear today that Yahoo is carrying through a concerted effort to protect users across its sites and services by rolling out routine encryption in several parts of its infrastructure. The company's statement announced that, among other things, it now encrypts traffic between its data centers, makes… » 4/03/14 4:27am 4/03/14 4:27am