Rethinking Encryption: Former Anti Strong-Encryption FBI Guy Changes His Mind.

A couple of weeks ago, Jim Baker published a long article on why the US needs strong encryption. One could call this position surprising, seeing how Baker was part of the FBI’s 2016 efforts to hamstring Apple’s iPhone encryption, a consequence of the San Bernardino terrorist incident. Baker does a good job of showing why […] read more

Canada: Hospital’s Unprotected External Hard Drive Missing.

According to cbc.com and other media outlets, 650 Canadians have been affected by the theft of an external hard drive that contained medical information. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute announced that the HDD “went missing” from an outpatient lab. Its disappearance is linked, most probably, to a theft that occurred on August 5 of this […] 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

Seattle University Alerts Over 2000 Faculty & Staff Of Lost Laptop.

Seattle University announced a couple of weeks ago that an unencrypted laptop was lost while an employee was “commuting on the bus.” An IT investigation drew the conclusion that “an offline email cache file” contained Social Security numbers and other personal information for 2,102 current and former faculty, staff, and dependents. The story feels like […] 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

Canada NWT Laptop Not Encrypted Because It’s “Very Difficult To Encrypt”.

Approximately two weeks ago, Canada’s cbc.com reported on the theft of a government laptop with promises of more articles on the same in the weeks to come. Earlier this week, the last article was posted. The story is a doozy. To summarize, an employee with the Department of Health and Social Services (Northwest Territories, Canada) […] read more

Convicted Terrorist Steals Hard Drive in Brussels Main Justice Offices.

According to the Associated Press, a man who was convicted (and released from prison) for terrorist activities is suspected in the theft of an external hard drive from a forensic doctor’s office. The story is full of puzzling questions, including why the Belgian government is not doing an adequate job of securing their data. Motives […] 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

FBI Director Says Legislation Possibly A Way Into Encrypted Devices.

Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that legislation may be one option for tackling the problem of “criminals going dark,” a term that refers to law enforcement’s inability to access suspects’ data on encrypted devices. The implication is that, in the interest of justice and national security, the FBI will press for a law […] read more