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Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps for First Time Ever, Feds Say  01 July 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
For the first time, encryption is thwarting government surveillance efforts through court-approved wiretaps, U.S. officials said today.
 
New Breed of Banking Malware Hijacks Text Messages  28 June 2013 
Source: American Banker - Posted by Alex   
Out of band authentication — communicating with a customer outside of his mobile banking app to verify his identity or a specific transaction — is a generally respected means of deflecting mobile banking fraud.
 
Opera says hackers pilfered expired code-signing certificate  27 June 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Opera Software said Wednesday hackers pilfered from its internal systems at least one code-signing certificate that was used to sign malicious software.
 
CIA Releases Analyst’s Fascinating Tale of Cracking the Kryptos Sculpture  26 June 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
It took eight years after artist Jim Sanborn unveiled his cryptographic sculpture at the CIA’s headquarters for someone to succeed at cracking Kryptos’s enigmatic messages.
 
EMET 4.0 catches SSL spies  20 June 2013 
Source: H Security - Posted by Alex   
Microsoft has taught version 4.0 of the Windows mitigation tool EMET some new tricks. It now detects attacks that attempt to eavesdrop on encrypted connections and is better at thwarting return-oriented programming (ROP) attacks.
 
Apple end-to-end encryption far from bulletproof  19 June 2013 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Apple says it has end-to-end encryption for iMessage and FaceTime communications, but users should not interpret that as providing an ironclad defense against government snooping.
 
SSLyze v0.6 Available For Download – SSL Server Configuration Scanning Tool  22 April 2013 
Source: Darknet - Posted by Alex   
SSLyze is a Python tool that can analyze the SSL configuration of a server by connecting to it. It is designed to be fast and comprehensive, and should help organizations and testers identify misconfigurations affecting their SSL servers.
 
Apple's iMessage encryption trips up feds' surveillance  04 April 2013 
Source: CNET - Posted by Alex   
Internal document from the Drug Enforcement Administration complains that messages sent with Apple's encrypted chat service are "impossible to intercept," even with a warrant.
 
How to encrypt a partition with Cryptoloop  21 February 2013 
Source: Linuxcareer - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This article will describe how to encrypt entire partition with a Cryptoloop. Cryptoloop is a disk encryption module for Linux. It was first introduced in the 2.5.x kernel series.
 
User Data Encryption with FUSE-based EncFS filesystem  04 February 2013 
Source: LinuxCareer - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Any decent Linux distribution comes with an installation option to automatically encrypt user's home directory. In case you do not wish to encrypt the entire home directory or perhaps you wish to encrypt some random directories on your Linux system you can use EncFS the FUSE-based cryptographic filesystem.
 
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