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Gemalto now says spies didn't get mobile phone encryption keys

SIM card maker Gemalto has dismissed recent reports that U.K. and U.S. spies obtained encryption keys protecting millions of mobile phones.


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Samsung smart TVs don't encrypt the voice data they collect

Samsung does not encrypt voice recordings that are collected and transmitted by its smart TVs to a third party service, even though the company has claimed that it uses encryption to secure consumers' personal information.

Microsoft adds HTTP Strict Transport Security support to Internet Explorer

Websites will now be able to instruct the browser to always reach them over HTTPS.

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Equation cyberspies use unrivaled, NSA-style techniques to hit Iran, Russia

A cyberespionage group with a toolset similar to ones used by U.S. intelligence agencies has infiltrated key institutions in countries including Iran and Russia.

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Encryption, secure payments to be pushed at White House cyber summit

The White House heads west to Silicon Valley on Friday looking for ideas on how to improve the nation's cybersecurity, and members of President Barack Obama's administration are likely to get an earful.


5 technologies that betrayed Silk Road leader's anonymity

Pro tip for any would-be online drug kingpins: Don't post vacation pictures on Facebook.


Protect yourself from hackers and the NSA

Everybody's talking about hackers and the NSA stealing our data. Here's how to do something about it.

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Can you trust Amazon’s WorkMail?

The company is being coy about what it can do with your enterprise’s email if you sign up for its cloud-based service.

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UK prime minister suggests banning encrypted apps like WhatsApp, iMessage

The U.K. may ban online messaging services that offer encryption such as WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage, under surveillance plans laid out by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Free tool automates phishing attacks for Wi-Fi passwords

The tool can disconnect Wi-Fi users and trick them into disclosing their password to a rogue access point.

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Vulcan mind-meld, Vulcan death grip & turtle-power used in NSA's VPN crypto cracking

What do Vulcan mind-meld, Vulcan death grip, turtle-power, flying pig, and poison nut all have in common? They are names found in the NSA's VPN Exploitation Team documentation that describe cracking the encryption used in virtual...

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Snowden docs show Tor, TrueCrypt, Tails topped NSA's 'most wanted' list in '12

The National Security Agency saw Tor, Linux distribution Tails and TrueCrypt as the biggest threats to agency's ability to intercept Internet traffic.

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Google's full encryption efforts chug along, with Yahoo's help

Google is making progress developing a user-friendly tool for fully encrypting people's messages on their computers.

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Now P.O.O.D.L.E. poos on flaw in TLS

F5 and A10 gear is vulnerable: Remember October's flap about the vulnerability in SSL, known as POODLE? Remember all the smug people running servers that only supported TLS? Well, they may not be so smug this morning. In IT Blogwatch,...

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New tools offer practical help to block official spies

Online civil-rights groups and IBM accidentally struck a blow for individual freedom simultaneously with tools that limit covert surveillance from both hackers and governments

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EFF, Mozilla back new authority that will offer free SSL certificates

A new organization supported by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others is working to set up a new certificate authority that will provide website owners with free SSL/TLS certificates.

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WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption to message service

Ramping up efforts to keep its customers' messages safe from snooping, WhatsApp said Tuesday that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users. The end-to-end encryption comes thanks to a collaboration...


The best secure messaging apps that protect you from surveillance

If you use Skype, SnapChat, Facebook chat, WhatsApp, or Google off-the-record chat, then it’s time for you to rethink your digital communications strategy and switch to other more secure messaging programs. The EFF evaluated 39...

Google releases tool to test apps and devices for SSL/TLS weaknesses

The tool simulates man-in-the-middle attacks to detect SSL/TLS vulnerabilities and implementation issues

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