Last week, motherboard.com reported that 4000 cracked passwords belonging to Ashley Madison customers were “awful,” security-wise. The site went on to conclude that: It’s understandable for users to be frustrated with Ashley Madison for failing to protect their data. But when customers are choosing passwords that could probably just be guessed, they need to take […] read more
TrueCrypt, the venerable open source encryption software that turned 10-years-old earlier this year has shut down, and it looks like it may be for good. What’s known so far is this: On May 28, 2014, TrueCrypt’s (TC) website said it was shutting down operations. TC also noted that their software “may contain unfixed security issues”. […] read more
Another data breach lawsuit, another case that’s tossed out of court for “lack of standing.” When TRICARE was saddled with one of the largest data breaches of all time – over 4.7 million people affected when backup tapes were stolen from a parked car – it was certain that SAIC, the vendor who was at […] read more
The site databreaches.net notes in one posting that two companies, Fandango and Credit Karma, have agreed to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Both companies were brought to task for misleading consumers – more specifically, for promising to protect customer data when they hadn’t. Both cases revolved around the use of mobile data […] read more
According to thesundaily.my, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia have reason to seriously start exploring the use of laptop encryption solutions like AlertBoot. SMEs specifically have been warned about keeping safe the information they collect from clients. Malaysia has become the first ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member to pass data protection […] read more
US Fifth Amendment Rights: Judge Tells Suspect To Surrender Encryption Password One Month After Saying Otherwise.
As I scanned through the headlines at slashdot.org this morning, I ran across news that: After having first decided against forcing a suspect to decrypt a number of hard drives that were believed to be his and to contain child pornography, a U.S. judge has changed his mind and has now ordered the suspect to […] read more
The United States’ Fifth Amendment and encryption software like AlertBoot have a complicated relationship. The question is: can the government force you to reveal your encrypted data? The answer: it’s complicated and depends on the situation. However, it looks like things are beginning to converge towards certain key ideas. While nothing will be definitive until […] read more
Last week, cnet.com reported that the US government’s surveillance was being hampered by Apple’s iMessage. Today, I see techdirt.com reporting on accusations that this could be the government’s attempts to engage in disinformation. Personally, I think this is a case of people seeing a conspiracy where there is none. Why? Because I wasn’t under the […] read more
Canada Computer Disk Encryption: Human Resources and Skills Development Loses Information On 583,000.
Numerous Canadian media outposts are reporting on the loss of student loan information by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. It’s being labeled as a “new” data breach by the government but let’s be honest, the only thing new about it is the press release. It’s part of the same old story, a continuance of […] read more
Old encryption usually can’t hold a candle to modern, strong encryption like the AES-256 algorithm used in AlertBoot Mobile Security suite. However, sometimes they can be more than effective. For example, GCHQ has announced that the encrypted World War II message found with the remains of a dead pigeon — found about a month ago […] read more