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Irish teen creates unbreakable encryption

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A sixteen-year-old boy from Ireland appears to have come up with a solution to the security problem posed by quantum computing’s superior decryption abilities. Shane Curran’s idea involves cutting up (or sharding) data and storing it in numerous locations (multijurisdictional), making its reassembly impossible. Secure data storage is one of… Read more »

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National Crime Survey shows significant rise in cybercrime

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Last week it was revealed that more than five and a half million cyber offences now take place in the UK each year, which accounts for around half of all crimes committed across the country. The stats were published as part of the annual Crime Survey of England and Wales… Read more »

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Is it dumb to be smart?

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Sometimes we seem to invent things just for the heck of it. Wired.com relishes the task of exposing the risk of having everyday household devices linked to the Internet of Things. It asks, for instance, whether it is essential to be able to start your shower while you are still… Read more »

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GoDaddy hands out SSL certificates like candy

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Due to a software glitch, web host and internet domain registrar GoDaddy recently issued thousands of SSL certificates (which ensure secure communications between a website and an internet browser) without proper domain validation. All certificates have been withdrawn in order to prevent hackers from exploiting potentially serious security vulnerability. The… Read more »

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Pontiff gives blessing to cybersecurity

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Pope Francis is already the most tech savvy leader of the Catholic Church to date; with his Instagram account, 10 million followers on Twitter and general awareness of all things digital. The latest manifestation of his cyber canniness was highlighted by a photograph verified by the Washington Post that seems… Read more »

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‘Robin Hood’ cybersecurity group launched

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Security Without Borders is a new cybersecurity collective designed to help activists, journalists and human rights advocates protect themselves from targeted online attacks, by providing them with a group of volunteers who can assist them on security-related issues. These services are available free to organisations and individuals fighting against human… Read more »

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US Government releases cybersecurity findings

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With cyber attacks reaching unprecedented levels, the White House’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has made public the results of a nine-month study into America’s cybersecurity problems. Amongst the list of action points are fixing the shambolic regulations (read: non-existent regulations) on security of IoT consumer devices such as routers… Read more »

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TalkTalk complacent about Mirai attacks

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Researchers are urging TalkTalk customers to change their passwords in the aftermath of the recent Mirai botnet attack that enslaved their routers. TalkTalk, however, is taking a relaxed view; leaving it to its users to decide whether or not to adopt any security measures. Security advisers are not impressed by… Read more »

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Mirai malware worms its way into routers

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A number of high profile communications businesses – including TalkTalk, Post Office and Deutsche Telekom – have recently suffered malware attacks on their routers, severing their customers’ internet connections. The unknown attackers used the Mirai worm, which is spread via hijacked computers and IoT devices and causes damage to equipment… Read more »

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The key to perfect web encryption

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Developers behind the Signal encrypted instant messaging app are championing Perfect Forward Secrecy as the most effective encryption protocol. PFS presents hackers with a moving target, by automatically and frequently changing the keys it uses to encrypt and decrypt information. If the latest key is compromised, it exposes only a… Read more »

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