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Once-starving GnuPG crypto project gets a windfall. Now comes the hard part  09 February 2015 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
For almost two decades, the open source GnuPG encryption project has teetered on the brink of insolvency. Now, following word of that plight, the lone developer keeping the project alive has received more than $135,000—in a single day, no less.
 
The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke  06 February 2015 
Source: Propublica - Posted by Alex   
The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as hundreds of thousands of journalists, dissidents and security-minded people around the world, is running out of money to keep his project alive.
 
PSA: Your crypto apps are useless unless you check them for backdoors  05 February 2015 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
At the beginning of the year, I did something I've never done before: I made a new year's resolution. From here on out, I pledged, I would install only digitally signed software I could verify hadn't been tampered with by someone sitting between me and the website that made it available for download.
 
Backdoor in a Public RSA Key  21 January 2015 
Source: kukuruku.co - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hello, %username%! When I saw how it works, say that I was shocked is to say nothing. It's a pretty simple trick, but after reading this article, you will never look at the RSA as before. This is not a way to hijack RSA, but something that will make your paranoia greatly swell.
 
Is banning encryption a crazy plan or an absolute necessity? The reality is much more complicated  13 January 2015 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Comments this week by UK prime minister David Cameron have re-ignited the debate about how to weigh individuals' online privacy against the needs of law enforcement to be able to detect and prevent crime.
 
Post-POODLE, OpenSSL shakes off some fleas  09 January 2015 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
OpenSSL has squashed eight low severity vulnerabilities bugs that could result in denial of service or the removal of forward secrecy. The holes, two graded "moderate", were addressed in OpenSSL updates 1.0.0p, 0.98zd, and 1.0.1k.
 
Next gen ransomware: Elliptic cryptic, talks on Tor, demands Bitcoin  15 December 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cybercrooks have brewed a strain of ransomware that uses elliptic curve cryptography for file encryption, and Tor for communication. The malware, dubbed OphionLocker, is spreading using a malicious advertising (malvertising) campaign featuring the RIG exploit kit.
 
Mozilla to Support Certificate Transparency in Firefox  11 December 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Alex   
Mozilla is planning to add support for Certificate Transparency checks in Firefox in the near future, but the company says that the feature won’t be turned on by default at first.
 
Hacker Lexicon: What Is End-to-End Encryption?  25 November 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Plenty of companies brag that their communications app is encrypted. But that marketing claim demands a followup question: Who has the key? In many cases, the company itself holds the cryptographic key data that lets it decrypt your messages—and so, therefore, does any hacker who compromises the company or government official standing over its shoulder.
 
Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA’s Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture  24 November 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall began to fall, American artist Jim Sanborn was busy working on his Kryptos sculpture, a cryptographic puzzle wrapped in a riddle that he created for the CIA’s headquarters and that has been driving amateur and professional cryptographers mad ever since.
 
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