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Whistleblowers are at risk using U.S. gov't sites to report fraud

More than two dozen U.S. government websites should be urgently upgraded to use encryption to protect whistleblowers, the ACLU said.


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Wider use of HTTPS could have protected GitHub

The unique attack method used to disrupt code-sharing site GitHub over the last week could have been prevented if more websites enabled encryption.

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New malware program PoSeidon targets point-of-sale systems

Retailers beware: A new Trojan program targets point-of-sale (PoS) terminals, stealing payment card data that can then be abused by cybercriminals.

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Apple’s TouchID has promise for the enterprise

Expect much more from Apple’s TouchID somewhere down the line – the company is thinking about more ways to make its biometric identification solution useful.

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US gov't wants HTTPS on its publicly accessible sites within two years

Publicly accessible websites and services of U.S. government agencies will have to move to HTTPS encryption within two years to meet the government's objective of offering these sites and Web services over a secure connection.


Researchers find same RSA encryption key used 28,000 times

What if the key to your house was shared with 28,000 other homes? That's essentially what researchers with Royal Holloway of the University of London discovered while scanning the Internet to see how many servers and devices are still...


Yahoo puts email encryption plugin source code up for review

Yahoo released the source code for a plugin that will enable end-to-end encryption of email messages, a planned data-security improvement prompted by disclosures of U.S. National Security Agency snooping.

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Time for all Windows users to FREAK out over encryption bug

Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that Windows was vulnerable to FREAK attacks, and researchers changed their tune, saying Internet Explorer (IE) users were at risk.

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Freak out: Apple and Android gear vulnerable to yet another open-source bug

Another month, another ancient OpenSSL vuln. with a silly name. This time, it's FREAK -- Factoring RSA Export Keys. The bug stems from crypto Export controls negotiated in the G.H.W.Bush era.

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Update: Serious FREAK flaw could undermine the Web's encryption

Experts are warning of a serious security flaw that has gone undetected for years and can weaken encrypted connections between computers and websites, undermining security across the Internet.

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.


NSA director wants gov't access to encrypted communications

It probably comes as no surprise that the director of the National Security Agency wants access to encrypted data on computers and other devices. The U.S. should be able to craft a policy that allows the NSA and law enforcement...

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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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