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Google stored business customers’ passwords in plaintext on its servers… for 14 years

Google has admitted that some of its business customers of G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps) had their passwords stored on the company’s internal servers for 14 years in plaintext.

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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Signal and Telegram messaging services offline for some hours

Users of the popular encrypted messaging services Signal and Telegram have been reporting problems accessing the services.


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FBI failed to break into nearly 7000 mobiles due to encryption

Unless law enforcement agencies can find a way to bypass the device’s security by exploiting a software flaw, the best they can hope for is to guess a mobile phone’s passcode or to find a suspect willing to cough up.

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


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‘I don’t need to understand how encryption works,’ admits UK Home Secretary

Amber Rudd is fed up with “sneering” and “patronising” technology experts.


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‘Real people’ do not want secure communications, claims UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd argues that “real people” would be happy with imperfect, breakable security.


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Spyware abuses Telegram messaging app to target Iranian Android users

Unsuspecting Iranian users of the Telegram app, best watch out – or they could find themselves the target of Android spyware.

David Bisson reports.


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Petya ransomware developer releases master decryption key, giving hope for victims

The original developer of the Petya ransomware has released a master decryption key that works for all prevision versions of its enciphering creation.

But before you get too excited, it doesn’t work for NotPetya…

David Bisson reports.


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Ransomware attack against University College London blamed on poisoned website

A London-based university has temporarily disabled some of its systems in the wake of a widespread ransomware attack.

David Bisson reports.


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How to buy Bitcoins, and where you can do it

If you wanted to buy Bitcoins, or – gulp! – needed to buy Bitcoins, would you know how?

David Bisson talks you through the process.


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Don’t let politicians use the excuse of murderous assholes to scapegoat the internet

In the wake of terrorist attacks in the UK, politicians are beating a familiar drum: it’s the internet’s fault.


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