Over the last year, law enforcement officials around the world have been pressing hard on the notion that without a magical “backdoor” to access the content of any and all encrypted communications by ordinary people, they’ll be totally incapable of fulfilling their duties to investigate crime and protect the public.… »
Forgery is a science–and it’s getting better all the time, to the tune of trillions of dollars. Now, a group of researchers, lawyers, and insurers are banding together to beat it with a tool borrowed from science: synthetic encrypted DNA. »
An exceptionally rare and fully-functional Nazi Enigma M4 enciphering machine used during the Second World War has sold for a whopping $365,000, setting a new world record at auction. »
Google has a long-held ambition to make full-disk encryption mandatory on Android. It didn’t quite work for Lollipop—so it’s taking another stab with Marshmallow.
Self-encrypting hard drives are a bright idea, allowing you to back up data safe in the knowledge that nobody else can sift through it. Unless, that is, the encryption system is easy to crack — which a new security study had found can be the case. »
In a post on Wednesday, researchers Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger presented compelling research suggesting that the NSA has developed the capability to decrypt a large number of HTTPS, SSH, and VPN connections using an attack on common implementations of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm with 1024-bit… »
Edward Snowden may know a thing or two about encryption, but his remarks on encrypted alien signals aren’t sitting quite right with SETI. According to those in the business of searching for extraterrestrials, Snowden should probably keep his security advice limited to human affairs. »
The fight between law enforcement and tech companies about encryption and privacy is getting nastier than ever. »
FBI Director James Comey has some advice for the tech companies and great people of America: Work harder at coming up with custom encryption solutions for law enforcement, or the terrorists win. »
At a US Intelligence Committee hearing this afternoon, Sen. Barbara Mikulski confronted FBI Director James Comey with some real talk about the strange shitstorm of tech failures today: The New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal all went down, citing technical difficulties. »
A collection of tech giants, including Apple and Google, along with noted cryptologists, have sent President Obama a letter urging him to reject government proposals to include backdoors in encrypted communication systems.
Two thirds of all North American Internet traffic could be encrypted by 2016. No, it’s not because of privacy activists. It’s actually because of Netflix.
Government debate over encryption has veered into fully stupid territory. Expert testimony at a Congressional hearing on encryption blamed Apple and Google’s privacy systems for allowing perverts to get away with secretly photographing vaginas and posting the pictures online. »