Encryption

Infected by Petya ransomware? Use this tool to unlock your files… for now

A researcher has developed a tool that allows victims infected with the Petya ransomware to unlock their files for free – at least for the time being.

David Bisson reports.


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Now all WordPress.com sites can benefit from HTTPS encryption

Good news for security and privacy.

Millions of users hosting their sites on the wordpress.com servers will be able to force the use of HTTPS encryption – for free.

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


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Will this video get Brits to care about the Snoopers’ Charter?

The Investigatory Powers bill (dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter” by its critics) would give police and intelligence agencies the power to access web-browsing records and force internet companies to hold internet usage data for up to 12 months.


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WhatsApp is now encrypting all your messages, by default, all the time, end-to-end

WhatsApp has made a big announcement, that will help protect the privacy of its one billion users.

End-to-end encryption on all communications sent via WhatsApp, enabled by default.


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The FBI has hacked into the San Bernardino iPhone

The US Department of Justice has managed, with the help of an unknown third party, to successfully access data held on the iPhone 5C used by one of the San Bernardino killers.

But one wonders if they will share details of how they did it with Apple…


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And now Apple is going to stop the FBI getting into iCloud data too

Apple announces plans to hand over iCloud encryption key management to users.

David Bisson reports.


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FBI to explore method of unlocking *that* iPhone without Apple’s help

The FBI might have found a way to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters that would not require Apple’s assistance.

David Bisson reports.


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The Investigatory Powers Bill – it’s time to take a closer look

The so-called ‘Snooper’s Charter’ is being rushed through the UK Parliament.

Guest contributor Philip Le Riche takes a closer look.


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Install iOS 9.3 to fix serious iMessages encryption flaw

Researchers from John Hopkins University have discovered a way to break the encryption of iMessages, opening the door to snooping on photos and videos as they are sent between users.


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VIDEO: What is a VPN, and why should you be using one?

Find out the benefits of running a VPN on your laptop and smartphone, especially if you are in the habit of connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots.


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Terrorists, drug lords and paedophiles – please use the Amazon Fire

Fire OS not using encryption by default for data stored locally was always a mistake. But the fix should have been to ensure it was always enabled, not to rip the feature out.


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Mystery high severity bugs in OpenSSL to be patched on Tuesday

A new version of OpenSSL, the open-source software widely used to encrypt internet communications using SSL/TLS, is due to be released this Tuesday 1 March, fixing a number of security defects rated as “high severity.”


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Good luck John McAfee, socially engineering a corpse…

In a nutshell, “Dead men tell no tales”. Good luck to Mr John McAfee who believes he can use social engineering to determine the iPhone passcode of one of the (dead) San Bernadino killers.

Check out my latest video.


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Poll: Do you think Apple should help the FBI crack open the San Bernardino iPhone?

It’s one of the biggest computer security stories of the year – but where do you stand?

Check out my latest video and share your opinion.


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Google CEO backs Apple in resisting court order to create iOS backdoor for San Bernardino investigation

Google’s top executive is standing with Apple for refusing to comply with a court order that would require it to create an iOS backdoor in order to assist with an ongoing federal investigation into last year’s San Bernardino shooting.

David Bisson reports.


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OpenSSL fixes high severity security hole that could allow traffic to be decrypted

A high severity security hole in OpenSSL, saw it reusing prime numbers in the Diffie-Hellman protocol, opening opportunities for attackers to decrypt supposedly safely encrypted communications.

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


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