EARN IT: The Anti-Encryption Bill That Doesn’t Mention Encryption Nor Backdoors.

The US is planning on introducing a new bill that has a lot of privacy experts worried. Many have called it an “encryption backdoor” bill or an “anti-encryption” bill. On the face of it, though, it’s supposed to be a “fight child porn” bill – the word “encryption” is not mentioned even once. So why […] read more

US Appeals Court: Jail Time To Force Decryption Capped At 18 months.

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has declared that a person who refuses to hand over encrypted data cannot be held in jail for more than 18 months. The ruling sets free a certain Francis Rawls, who has been imprisoned for 4 years because he either wouldn’t or couldn’t decrypt two hard […] read more

Kryptos On CIA Grounds Gets Final Clue.

The creator of Krytpos – a sculpture found on the grounds of the CIA and one of the more famous unsolved puzzles in the world – has revealed a clue, supposedly the last one, to prod enthusiasts into solving the object’s message. The sculpture, dedicated in 1990, has four encrypted messages. Three of these have […] read more

Facebook Alerts Possible Data Breach, Unwittingly Interferes With Investigation.

According to morningstar.com, Facebook inadvertently interfered with a terrorist investigation when it recently alerted users that their smartphones had been “hacked by an ‘advanced cyber actor'” via WhatsApp. As it turns out, the hackers were not criminals but part of a governmental “elite surveillance team” that used spyware to track suspects. At least one terrorist […] read more

Dunkin’ Donuts Sued By NY Because Rewards Program Hacked.

Dunkin’ Donuts – recently rebranded as just Dunkin’ (although they still sell donuts) – has been sued by the state of New York. According to the official complaint, Dunkin’ was hacked as early as 2015 and, instead of doing what was necessary and legal, the company decided to engage in fraud and deception. Last year, […] read more

Laptop With Medical Info Missing From University of Hong Kong.

According to scmp.com, the University of Hong Kong has lost a laptop computer containing medical information on more than 3,600 people. Apparently, the laptop computer was not secured with full disk encryption software; and yet, 901 patients’ data was cryptographically protected independently. Police are currently investigating the situation. Massive Data Breach This latest episode has […] read more

UK’s National Cyber Security Centre Publishes List of Commonly Used Passwords.

A blast from the past, from the 1990s to the early noughts to be more specific, made the news this week, courtesy of the National Cyber Security Centre in the United Kingdom. According to an analysis by the government organization, blink182 is among the most commonly used passwords in the world. This means that it’s […] read more

Verizon Tries To Settle Yahoo Data Breach For the Second Time.

Verizon, which acquired Yahoo in 2016 and renamed the business twice since (Oath, followed by Verizon Media), is attempting to settle the massive data breach the purple company admitted to shortly before being bought out. In January of this year, a settlement of $50 million was rejected by Judge Koh of the US District Court […] read more

“Lack of Harm” Doesn’t Prevent Zappos Lawsuit From Going Forward.

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Zappos regarding a lawsuit brought forth by customers. In 2012, the famed online shoe store (and Amazon subsidiary) announced it had suffered a data breach where approximately 24 million people were affected. Unsurprisingly, lawsuits were filed. Zappos has been arguing ever since that the lawsuits have […] read more

Leading Self-Encrypting Drives Compromised, Patched.

Earlier this week, security researchers revealed that certain SEDs (self-encrypting drives) sold by some of the leading brands in the consumer data storage industry had flaws in its full disk encryption.   Bad Implementation One of the easiest ways to protect one’s data is to use full disk encryption (FDE). As the name implies, FDE […] read more