Posts Tagged ‘encryption’

Encryption: A Backdoor For One Is A Backdoor For All

October 17th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Microsoft inadvertently proved why Apple’s firm stance against unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino terrorists was the correct one. Apple’s decision renewed the argument over how best to help law enforcement agencies ensure our collective security without violating an individual’s right to privacy. Actually, that debate overshadowed a key reason […]

More Than 40% Of Attacks Abuse SSL Encryption

September 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

There’s an important caveat about encrypted traffic from new research released this week: Encryption works so well that hackers are using it as cover. A new study from A10 and the Ponemon Institute found that 80% of respondents say their organisations have been the victim of a cyberattack or malicious insiders in the past year […]

Encryption hiding malware in half of cyber attacks

August 31st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Malware in nearly half of cyber attacks in the past 12 months has been sneaked into organisations under the cover of encryption, a study has revealed. The demand for data privacy in the post-Snowden era is driving the use of encryption, but that has security and other implications for business. Just as organisations are increasingly […]

Petya ransomware encryption system cracked

April 11th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Petya ransomware victims can now unlock infected computers without paying. An unidentified programmer has produced a tool that exploits shortfalls in the way the malware encrypts a file that allows Windows to start up. In notes put on code-sharing site Github, he said he had produced the key generator to help his father-in-law unlock his […]

Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption

April 6th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Instant messaging service Whatsapp has announced it will encrypt all its users’ communications from Tuesday. With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender’s device and can only be decrypted by the recipient’s device. It renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement. Whatsapp, which has a […]

BlackBerry says its encryption has not been “cracked” by police

January 19th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

BlackBerry is refuting recent media claims that its encryption was “cracked” in police investigations where data was recovered from encrypted devices. Police in the Netherlands and Canada reported that they had managed to access data from BlackBerrys in recent investigations, prompting BlackBerry’s unsigned blog post stating that its devices are “secure as they have always […]

How to Remove Your Windows Disk Encryption Key From Microsoft’s Servers

January 14th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

Windows enables device encryption on many Windows 10 and 8.1 PCs out-of-the-box. It also uploads your recovery key to Microsoft’s servers, allowing you to regain access to you encrypted drives even if you forget their passwords. If you’re not comfortable with this, though, it’s possible to delete the recovery key from Microsoft’s servers or even create a new key. This process even works […]

What is Encryption, and Why Are People Afraid of It?

November 30th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »

With recent acts of terrorism in Paris and Lebanon, news media and government have been using the word “encryption” as if it’s somehow to blame. Nonsense. Encryption is easy to understand, and if you’re not using it, you should be. Like many technologies, encryption has the potential to be misused, but that does not make […]

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