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IBM’s new CPU makes security seamless thanks to powerful encryption
IBM has trumpeted what it’s calling a huge breakthrough in data encryption and the battle against cybercriminals, with a next-gen mainframe computer driven by a powerful CPU which is capable of encrypting...
Math be damned: Australian PM demands encrypted chat apps be opened up for law enforcement
Australian Prime Minister claims the country’s laws are more significant than the laws of mathematics, in response to a question on recently-announced laws that allow law enforcement to access encrypted...
New Australian laws take aim at encrypted chat apps
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has today announced the government’s intent to introduce new legislation that would force (or “oblige”) social media and messaging companies to decrypt secure messages...
Cisco claims it can find malware in encrypted data
Cisco has revealed a new networking solution which it claims is one of the most significant breakthroughs ever made, ushering in an intelligent network which can recognise and prevent security threats...
London attacker sent encrypted WhatsApp messages before attack, now the gov’t wants to read it
Technology companies must cooperate more with law enforcement agencies and should stop offering a “secret place for terrorists to communicate” using encrypted messages, British interior minister Amber...
Tech firms face 'more than a ticking off'
Her comments come after it emerged that Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood, sent an encrypted message via the application, minutes before his murderous assault. Image Caption: Ms Rudd says the use of...
Wikileaks dump: Apple, Samsung, Microsoft react to claims CIA hacked iPhones, TVs
Wikileaks also claims that the CIA runs a "very substantial effort to infect and control" Microsoft Windows users with malware or malicious software. This is done via zero-day exploits, viruses that infect...
House members: EPA officials may be using Signal to “spread their goals covertly”
Enlarge / Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee Lamar Smith, R-Texas, seen here in 2013.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingFBI demands Signal...
FBI demands Signal user data, but there’s not much to hand over
Enlarge / Moxie Marlinspike is the founder of Open Whisper Systems.Knight Foundation reader comments 12 Share this story Further ReadingResearchers ask federal court to unseal years of surveillance recordsThe...
Linux bug leaves 1.4 billion Android users vulnerable to hijacking attacks
Ron Amadeo reader comments 33 Share this story An estimated 80 percent of Android phones contain a recently discovered vulnerability that allows attackers to terminate connections and, if the connections...
Virtru Launches Encrypted Search for Cloud-Based Email
Virtru integrates strong encryption directly into the apps people use every day, like Google Apps, Gmail, and Outlook. Encryption specialist for email and files Virtru announced the ability to search...
The silent web: Is encryption here to stay?
Introduction and government responseWhat's your secret? Encrypted instant messaging is the latest trend, from apps like BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Telegram and Signal to Wire, Wickr and Surespot. Not...
FBI eyes larger battle over encryption after Apple feud
After buying a software tool to access a dead terrorist’s encrypted iPhone, the FBI is exploring how to make broader use of the hack while bracing for a larger battle involving encrypted text messages,...
US Officials: Cellphone Encryption Thwarting Criminal Investigations
U.S. law enforcement officials say they are being thwarted in solving dozens of criminal cases because they cannot access incriminating information that suspects have stored in encrypted files on their...
WhatsApp: From now on calls, texts and more are encrypted
Encryption technologies that both Apple and WhatsApp have incorporated in their products, make eavesdropping on private messages between people more difficult — for criminals and federal agents alike....
The FBI's problems just got worse: WhatsApp is encrypting all its data - CNET
WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said in a blog post that all users' communications will now be encrypted. © Lino De Vallier/Demotix/Corbis, Lino De Vallier / Demotix WhatsApp has no idea what you're talking...
Android, iOS on Opposite Sides of Encryption Divide
Consumers' understanding of what encryption does apparently doesn't determine whether they use the technology, as iPhone owners are much more likely to use encryption than Android users. Most Android phones...
ProtonMail Launches Encrypted Email for iOS, Android
ProtonMail, which offers encrypted email, on Thursday launched free iOS and Android mobile apps worldwide, through the iTunes App Store and Google Play, respectively. They have been in beta since August,...
Google reveals 77 percent of its online traffic is encrypted
Google began emphasizing the need to encrypt people's online activities after confidential documents leaked in 2013 by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S....
Google launches HTTPS Transparency Report, says over 75% of requests to its servers are now encrypted
Google today added a new section to its Transparency Report that focuses on the use of encryption on Google’s own sites and across the web. The company says over 75 percent of requests to its...
Men behind Diffie-Hellman key exchange receive top computer science prize
Before Diffie-Hellman, symmetric cryptography—as exemplified by this Nazi-era Enigma machine—was the norm.Michele M. F.Further ReadingHow the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connectionsResearchers...
Fed Judge Rules for Apple in Drug Case Involving Encryption
A federal magistrate judge on Monday ruled that Apple did not have to unlock an encrypted iPhone used in a federal drug case. The ruling gave the company a key victory against the Department of Justice...
Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Hits 100m Monthly Active Users, 350k New Users Each Day
That didn’t take long. Telegram launched just two and a half years ago and is today announcing at Mobile World Congress 2016 it has 100,000,000 monthly active users. Shortly after launching,...
NSA’s director says Paris attacks “would not have happened” without crypto
Vice Admiral Mike Rogers told Yahoo News that crypto is "foundational to our future"--but it's also a royal pain in the neck.In an interview with Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff...
Keybase Introduces End-To-End Encrypted File Sharing Service
There’s promising news for individuals and organizations that deal in confidential data. Keybase, the service for sending encrypted messages, has begun to offer a file-sharing feature that...
'Fake' ISIS encryption should be ignored, Snowden says
Edward Snowden has warned governments not to be fooled by the Islamic State's (ISIS) propaganda, which shows encrypted messages being sent.A new propaganda video from ISIS -- which claims to show the Paris...
The genie is out of the bottle – it's foolish to think encryption can now be banned
Credit: Perspecsys Photos, CC BY-SA Politicians have turned their sights on encryption once more following terrorist outrages in Paris and San Bernardino, California. A country that once welcomed encryption,...
Fact-checking the debate on encryption
Yuri Samoilov/FlickrAs politicians and counter-terrorism officials search for lessons from the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, senior officials have called for limits on technology...
Encrypted apps so popular for terrorists, ISIS may make its own
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Terrorists these days turn to a popular app when they want to talk undetected: a messaging app called "Telegram" available for free on any smartphone."It's the go-to application for...
White House meets with privacy advocates about encryption
An August 24, 2014 photo shows the front of the White House as seen from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Senior White House officials told privacy...
Law enforcement want more access to encrypted sites after terror attacks
December 10, 2015, 10:39 AM|After terror attacks in Paris and California, law enforcement agencies look for more access to encrypted apps and websites. CBS News Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes...
In fight on terror, encryption is double-edged sword
The technology for encryption can keep data and conversations private, making it a double-edged sword that can equally be used by democracy campaigners or violent extremists Encryption can be a terrorist's...
Encryption firm tightens access following Paris attacks
Mike Janke, CEO and Co-Founder of Silent Circle, holds a typical smart phone similar in styling to a new encrypted smartphone called, "The Blackphone" on January 16, 2014 The encrypted communications...
Telegram app blocks 78 channels of Isis 'propaganda'
Encrypted messaging app Telegram has blocked scores of Islamic State (Isis) "propaganda" being distributed on its service.An update posted by the company said it was "disturbed" that supporters of the...
Telegram messaging app blocks ISIS-related channels
The encrypted messaging app Telegram says it is taking steps to stop ISIS extremists from using its technology to communicate and spread propaganda. In a blog post Wednesday, it announced it has blocked...
Sending Secure, Encrypted Email with ProtonMail
As handy as email is for both personal and corporate communications, it's often not very secure. Your private data can be used by service providers for various purposes, such as targeted advertising,...
ISIS encrypted communications with Paris attackers, French officials say
A profile image from a Telegraph-encrypted social media channel called "Be a Lone Wolf" has the caption, "Lone Wolves: Soon [Will Be] My Turn."provided by Middle East Media Research InstituteThe investigation...
Signal Private Messenger (for Android)
Signal is the easiest way to send encrypted messages on Android. It's a complete replacement for your existing SMS app letting you send unencrypted messages to non-Signal users, and even make encrypted...
Chrome 46 loosens up on HTTPS 'mixed content' warnings
(Image: file photo) Google's Chrome browser will no longer display a yellow warning that a page that has a mix of encrypted and non-secure content. The move, announced Tuesday on a company blog alongside...
Obama backs away from law to access encrypted information
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration has backed away from seeking legislation that would give U.S. law enforcement agencies access to individuals' encrypted messages, the White House said...
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