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Google offers users of its Compute Engine their own encryption keys

Google will let enterprise customers of one of its Cloud Platform services lock up their data with their own encryption keys, in case they're concerned about the company snooping on their corporate information.

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Oracle unwraps VM VirtualBox 5.0 with focus on security

After entering beta roughly three months ago, Oracle's VM VirtualBox 5.0 virtualization software is generally available, offering faster performance and better security.

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Defense secretary to renew call for cooperation with tech industry

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will renew his appeal to businesses to work more closely with the military on Thursday when he speaks to an audience of top executives at the Sun Valley conference in Idaho.


FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

U.S. tech companies should retain access to the encrypted information of their customers, instead of providing end-to-end encryption, in order to give police the tools they need to investigate crimes and terrorist activity, two senior...

FBI chief Comey warns that terrorists hide behind encrypted communications

James Comey said that these communications may not be intercepted despite court orders.


Software developers aren't implementing encryption correctly

Despite a big push to use encryption to fight security breaches, lack of expertise among developers and overly complex libraries have led to widespread implementation failures.

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Cisco warns of default SSH keys shipped in three products

Cisco Systems released a patch for three products that shipped with default encryption keys, posing a risk that an attacker with the keys could decrypt data traffic.


How encryption keys could be stolen by your lunch

A device, hidden in pita bread, can collect signals that can betray encryption keys.


Free SSL/TLS certificate project moves closer to launch

Let's Encrypt, a project aimed at increasing the use of encryption across websites by issuing free digital certificates, is planning to issue the first ones next month.

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Bing to encrypt search traffic by default this summer

HTTPS will become the default experience for all users of Microsoft's search engine


Tech industry renews efforts to fight US gov't encryption backdoors

Groups representing major IT companies have warned President Obama not to go through with measures that would thwart encryption technologies. Such policies would undermine privacy and compromise the security of tech products and...


US to require HTTPS for all government websites

The U.S. government is mandating the use of the HTTPS security protocol on all of its public websites and web services by the end of 2016.

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User privacy important to Apple -- but not in China

Apple CEO Tim Cook recognizes an opportunity when he sees one -- especially when opportunity 'no knocks' on the door like a FISA warrant...

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Facebook to send encrypted emails as users add PGP key to profile

Some Facebook users should soon be able to receive encrypted emails from the social networking site if they add PGP public keys to their profiles.

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LogJam encryption flaw puts Web surfers at risk

Computer security experts have found a new encryption flaw closely related to one found earlier this year that puts Web surfers' data at risk.

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Apple, Google urge Obama to reject encryption back doors

Apple and Google are appealing to President Obama to reject proposals to allow encryption "back doors" in mobile devices.

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In desperation, many ransomware victims plead with attackers

The shamelessness of ransomware pushers knows no bounds. After encrypting people's files and then holding them to ransom, they portray themselves as service providers offering technical support and discounts to their "customers."

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BitTorrent Bleep -- crypto messaging disgruntles data snoops

BitTorrent just released its anonymous messaging app: Bleep, designed to keep messages and voice data private from unknown third parties. Although we could share more...

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