Encryption is a good thing

I use the internet. You use the internet. Just about all of us use the internet.

Including bad guys…

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Kirk ransomware sports Star Trek-themed decryptor and little-known crypto-currency

“It’s ransomware, Jim, but not as we know it!”

David Bisson reports.

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Smashing Security #011: WikiLeaks and the CIA

Has the CIA been using a Weeping Angel to spy on you via your Smart TV? Have WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal been compromised? What is the secret of the SATAN ransomware? And can you avoid having your data searched as you pass through border control?

All this and more is discussed in the latest podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and special guest Paul Ducklin. Give it a listen.

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Is the CIA’s Weeping Angel spying on TV viewers?

WikiLeaks has published thousands of pages of what appeared to be leaked internal CIA documents.

The haul, which WikiLeaks has somewhat pretentiously dubbed “Vault 7”, is claimed to be “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”

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You can’t stop your staff from leaking your dirty laundry to the press

According to media reports, the White House is trying to crack down on staff leaking information to the media. But will random phone checks be enough to help weed out the leakers?

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Crossing border security? Here’s how you protect your data

iOS security expert Jonathan Zdziarski has put together a timely guide to help people protect their devices and privacy when they pass through border controls.

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Heartbleed is not dead. And isn’t likely to be any time soon

The people who cared about fixing their systems against the Heartbleed vulnerability did it long ago. The others simply don’t give a damn.

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WhatsApp vulnerability could allow Facebook and others to read messages

A security issue could allow Facebook and other parties to intercept and read the messages you send via WhatsApp.

David Bisson reports.

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Onion Browser goes free for privacy-conscious iOS users, citing ‘recent events’

For over four years mobile app developer and privacy journalist Mike Tigas has been selling his browser which encrypts and tunnels users’ web traffic through the Tor network.

And now he’s made it free.

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How to respond to a ransomware infection

So, you’ve been hit by ransomware and don’t have a backup.

David Bisson describes what you should do next.

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Smashing Security #002: ‘Invest in carrier pigeons’

Join me and fellow computer security industry veterans Vanja Svajcer and Carole Theriault as we have another casual video chat about whatever is on our minds.

This week we discuss Donald Trump’s views on cybersecurity and his radical explanation of how to keep communications top secret, Ukrainian soldiers being spied upon by Android malware, and an artist who has devised a novel way of avoiding facial recognition technology.

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Evernote users threaten to quit over new privacy policy – but have already agreed to staff reading their notes

If you’re upset that Evernote’s proposed new privacy policy will mean staff can read your notes, you haven’t read the existing privacy policy carefully enough.

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

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Popcorn Time ransomware invites you to get ‘nasty’ to recover your files

Are you so desperate to recover from a ransomware attack that you would infect other computer users?

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SamSam ransomware devs rake in $450,000 in a year

Sadly, it seems that crime pays all too well… at least for the masterminds of the SamSam ransomware.

David Bisson reports.

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Kids’ privacy-endangering internet-connected toys should be banned, says EPIC

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is asking the FTC to ban vulnerable IoT-enabled toys from the marketplace.

David Bisson reports.

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The Canadian government wants to know how much its citizens really care about privacy

The Government of Canada has created a survey in which it asks citizens to weigh in on how much they value their digital privacy.

David Bisson reports.

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