Encryption

bitdefender.com

Sensitive data can lurk on second-hand hard drives

Birth certificates, photographs, names, email addresses, credit card details, social security numbers. All to be found on used hard drives for sale on eBay.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Smashing Security #120: Silk Road with Deliveroo

Online drug dealers get busted due to poor OPSEC! People are still failing to wipe their USB sticks properly! A potential presidential candidate is outed as a former hacker! Flat Earthers! Pi! Empathy!

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Paul Ducklin.


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Find QuadrigaCX’s missing $190 million, and you could win a $100,000 bounty

There has been another twist in the curious case of QuadrigaCX, a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange whose CEO unexpectedly and suddenly died without telling anyone else his password.

And it sounds like more troubling news for investors.


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Colorado police encrypt *all* their radio communications, frustrating journalists

The police’s use of encryption is apparently making life harder for journalists in Colorado.

Good! Encryption is a good thing, not a bad thing.


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bitdefender.com

Police crack encrypted chat service IronChat and read 258,000 messages from suspected criminals

Dutch police have revealed that they were able to spy on the communications of more than 100 suspected criminals, watching live as over a quarter of a million chat messages were exchanged.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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tripwire.com

Unencrypted laptop exposes personal details of 37,000 Eir customers, faulty security update blamed

Irish telecoms operator Eir is blaming a “faulty security update” for leaving unencrypted a staff member’s laptop which was subsequently stolen outside of one of its offices.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #088: PayPal’s Venmo app even makes your drug purchases public

Not one of Google’s 85,000 employees has had their accounts compromised by phishing in a year.  How have they done it? Find out in this podcast.

Also, we discuss with special guest Scott Helme how websites still using HTTP are now marked as “not secure” by Google Chrome, and if you’re buying drugs via PayPal’s Venmo app you should say goodbye to privacy.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast hosted by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.


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WannaCry ransomware scam tries to extort money without actually infecting your computer

Someone is trying to pull a fast one, attempting to trick unsuspecting users into paying a ransom… even though they *haven’t* infected your computer with ransomware.


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Paul Manafort accused of ‘foldering’ to hide communications

Foldering is a way of communicating without sending a message. And it’s just got Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman into an awful lot of trouble.


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tripwire.com

Apple confirms it’s closing security loophole that police were using to crack iPhones

Yes, Apple is toughening up the security of iPhones with iOS 12. Yes, the steps Apple is taking will make it harder for law enforcement agencies to thwart iPhone security. But no, that’s not the reason Apple is doing it.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Bitcoin price takes a dive after another cryptocurrency exchange hack

There’s bad news if you’re a cryptocurrency investor. Billions of dollars worth of wealth were wiped out this weekend after a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange was hacked.


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Delete all your emails and acid wash your hard drives, says security expert Sean Hannity

Some people don’t know if you should trust the media anymore, with accusations of fake news flying here, there, and everywhere.

Which makes me wonder who can you trust for computer security advice? How about a TV host?


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End-to-end encryption doesn’t stop the FBI reading your messages. Just ask Paul Manafort

End-to-end encryption is really neat, but it only encrypts *between* those who are doing the communicating.


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Despite Efail, the sky is not falling

The Efail attack on encrypted emails is sneaky, but it doesn’t seem to be all that it’s hyped up to be.


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Critical vulnerabilities in PGP/GPG and S/MIME email encryption, warn researchers

Brace yourself, there’s a security scare involving encrypted email that could see your past sensitive messages exposed.

It’s name? “Efail.”


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bitdefender.com

The NSA wants its algorithms to be a global IoT standard. But they’re simply not trusted

Part of the concern is that the Simon and Speck algorithms might contain encryption backdoors that would be abused by US authorities.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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