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Hack of major data brokers weakens bank authentication  01 October 2013 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The reported hack of major consumer and business data aggregators has intensified doubts of the reliability of knowledge-based authentication widely used in the financial services industry, analysts say.
 
RSA: That NSA crypto-algorithm we put in our products? Stop using that  27 September 2013 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Security biz RSA has reportedly warned its customers to stop using the default random-number generator in its encryption products - amid fears spooks can easily crack data secured by the algorithm.
 
The devil and the details  20 September 2013 
Source: Economist - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Quantum cryptography has yet to deliver a truly unbreakable way of sending messages. Quantum entanglement may change that. RECENT revelations of online snooping on an epic scale, by government agencies which may well have been breaking the law, have prompted some users of the internet to ask who you can trust with sensitive data these days.
 
Cryptographers Attack NSA's Secret Effort to Subvert Internet Security  17 September 2013 
Source: Slate - Posted by Alex   
Cryptographers are fighting back against efforts by spy agencies to secretly weaken the encryption standards designed to keep the Internet secure.
 
Conspiracy Theories and the NSA  06 September 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Anthony Pell   
I've recently seen two articles speculating on the NSA's capability, and practice, of spying on members of Congress and other elected officials. The evidence is all circumstantial and smacks of conspiracy thinking -- and I have no idea whether any of it is true or not -- but it's a good illustration of what happens when trust in a public institution fails.
 
'Cryptopalypse' Now: Looming Security Crisis  19 August 2013 
Source: tom's guide - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The Internet, and many forms of online commerce and communication that depend on it, may be on the brink of a "cryptopalypse" resulting from the collapse of decades-old methods of shared encryption.
 
Zimmermann’s Law: PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder Phil Zimmermann  12 August 2013 
Source: GigaOM - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP, in a wide-ranging interview talks about the corrupting nature of big data, the end of privacy and the rise of the surveillance society. He also shared his thoughts on Moore’s Law and its marriage to public policy, and why Silent Circle shutdown its email-service.
 
Matthew Green on Crypto Advances, the BREACH Attack and the Longevity of the RSA Algorithm  09 August 2013 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Dennis Fisher talks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University about the crypto advances in recent years, the BREACH attack revealed at Black Hat and whether it’s time to start moving away from the RSA algorithm.
 
Twitter's Two-Factor Authentication System  08 August 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Twitter just rolled out a pretty nice two-factor authentication system using your smart phone as the second factor: The new two-factor system works like this. A user enrolls using the mobile app, which generates a 2048-bit RSA keypair. The private key lives on the phone itself, and the public key is uploaded to Twitter’s server.
 
Inside the Tor exploit  05 August 2013 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Alex   
Some of the people who were most concerned about Internet privacy, and we're using the Tor anonymous Internet service to protect it, may have been the most exposed.
 
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