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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...


Disrupt - Criptext

Interview with Mayer Mizrachi, CEO of Criptext, at Techcrunch Disrupt.

Security issues at the HP online store

The word that best describes my recent shopping experience at the HP online store is amateurish. Its security issues offer a lesson in things to be aware of at any secure website.

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Cerf calls encryption back doors 'super risky'

Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf argued Monday that more users should encrypt their data, and that the encryption back doors law enforcement agencies want will weaken online security

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The realities of security crash into the realities of business

Non-IT C-levels love absolutes on security. They want to know that if they approve those 50 more security staff and $200 million in additional equipment and software, breaches can be blocked. IT knows that it's a silly question, that...

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Lawmakers criticize FBI's request for encryption back doors

U.S. lawmakers are skeptical of an FBI request for Congress to mandate encryption workarounds in smartphones, with critics saying Wednesday that back doors would create new vulnerabilities that bad guys can exploit.


Security extortion? When legit disclosure morphs into a shakedown

The essence of security is not trusting that people will do the right thing. Firewalls, deadbolts and armed guards exist to slow down or stop bad guys, not to encourage good acts from good guys. With that in mind, let's look at how...


With ransomware on the rise, cryptographers take it personally

Some of the world's leading cryptographers are concerned about the growing number of malicious programs that hold computers and mobile phones ransom.

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