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Disaster as CryptoWall encrypts US firm's entire server installation  24 October 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
"Here is a tale of ransomware that will make your blood run cold," announced Stu Sjouwerman of security training firm KnowBe4 in a company newsletter this week and he wasn't exaggerating.
 
iPhone Encryption and the Return of the Crypto Wars  22 October 2014 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Last week, Apple announced that it is closing a serious security vulnerability in the iPhone. It used to be that the phone's encryption only protected a small amount of the data, and Apple had the ability to bypass security on the rest of it.
 
Mobile Device Encryption Could Lead to a ‘Very, Very Dark Place’, FBI Director Says  20 October 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the recent movement toward default encryption of smartphones and other devices could “lead us to a very, very dark place.” Echoing comments made by law enforcement officials for the last several decades, Comey said that the advanced cryptosystems available today threaten to cripple the ability of intelligence and law enforcement agencies to gather vital information on criminals.
 
What you need to know about the SSLv3 “POODLE” flaw  15 October 2014 
Source: Fedora Magazine - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Another security vulnerability is hitting the tech (and mainstream!) press, and we want to make Fedora users get straight, simple information. This one is CVE-2014-3466, and the cute nickname of the day is “POODLE”.
 
Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible  15 October 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
As a journalist, Laura Poitras was the quiet mastermind behind the publication of Edward Snowden’s unprecedented NSA leak. As a filmmaker, her new movie Citizenfour makes clear she’s one of the most important directors working in documentary today. And when it comes to security technology, she’s a serious geek.
 
Dreaded SSLv3 bug no monster, only a POODLE  15 October 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Dave Wreski   
On Tuesday, Google's Bodo Möller, along with fellow researchers Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz, disclosed the existence of a vulnerability in SSLv3, which allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by an attacker on the network.
 
Google reveals major flaw in outdated, but widely-used SSL protocol  15 October 2014 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Google's Security Team revealed on Tuesday that the long obsolete, but still all too used, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 cryptographic protocol has a major security flaw. According to the team's Bodo Möller: "This vulnerability allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker."
 
Google to turn on encryption by default in next Android version  19 September 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Google is turning on data encryption by default in the next version of Android, a step that mirrors broad moves in the technology industry to ensure better data security.
 
Encryption goof fixed in TorrentLocker file-locking malware  18 September 2014 
Source: TechWorld - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The developers of a type of malicious software that encrypts a computer's files and demands a ransom have fixed an error security experts said allowed files to be recovered without paying.
 
How Google's tiff with certificate authorities can impact you  11 September 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Miffed certificate authorities are calling on Google to give websites more time to upgrade the security used in browser-to-server communications before displaying warnings in Chrome.
 
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