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Deputy US Attorney General proposes open door policy

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Many a classic Western has at its core the basic premise of bad-ish guy ridding a town of even graver threats – turning into a redeemed hero in the process. It should be the same in the world of cybersecurity, according to Rod Rosenstein, number two at the US Justice… Read more »

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There’s a hole in my bucket

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Amazon’s S3 servers are proving to be distinctly leaky. Security advisers have identified that over a third of its cloud storage buckets appear to be unencrypted, and 7% are currently exposed online. Already this year, S3’s misconfiguration has resulted in several data breaches, including high profile leaks at Wells Fargo,… Read more »

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Presidential WiFi networks lack security

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Donald Trump has a whole lot on his plate, and it seems lack of basic cybersecurity is one of those things. The WiFi network at his favoured retreat and summit venue Mar-a-Lago in Florida has anything but the best or even greatest security in place. Researchers were able to pick… Read more »

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Fasthosts customers locked out of backup system

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Customers of British internet services provider Fasthosts had to go without access to their backed-up data for up to six days, due to the web hosting company’s panicky reaction to the WannaCry attack. Fasthost was concerned that clients’ online data stored on its unsupported Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was potentially… Read more »

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Messaging apps’ web versions fall short of security standards

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Anyone believing that end-to-end encryption makes messaging apps impregnable is sadly mistaken. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it only affects the web versions of the two apps in question – which are arguably the lesser used ones. Check Point, an Israel-based security firm, has revealed that… Read more »

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WikiLeaks gets its WhatsApp wires crossed

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As a result of the Wikileaks data dump, rumours abound that the CIA can compromise Signal, WhatsApp and any other encrypted chat apps. Fear not, this isn’t true. Due to the end-to-end encryption used by the leading messaging systems, no one can access a private message while it’s in transit… Read more »

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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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Filmmakers demand encrypted cameras

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Anyone shooting a documentary should be aware that film camera footage is not encrypted. So, if you happen to be filming something as sensitive as an interview with Edward Snowden back in 2013 or taking pictures in a war zone, you do not want your material to fall into the… 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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Green light for Signal security

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Signal, the encrypted instant messaging and voice calling app for Android and iOS, has passed a security audit by the International Association for Cryptologic Research with flying colours. Five researchers from the UK, Australia and Canada subjected Signal to a rigorous workout, and have found that its cryptographic core stands… Read more »

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