UK Data Security: Prudential Slapped With £50,000 For Inaccurate Personal Data Records.

Prudential, the financial services firm, was fined £50,000 when the records of two people who shared the same name and date of birth were merged.  The problem was not rectified for three years.  This is, according to, the first time the UK’s Data Protection Act was used to impose a monetary fine for something […] read more

Encryption Blast From The Past: WWII Carrier Pigeon Carried Crypto Message (Reproduced, Updated).

An interesting bit of news from England, which is related to cryptography but not necessarily in the realm of AlertBoot mobile encryption.  A man in Surrey found the remains of a pigeon in his chimney.  The bird carried a secret message in a red plastic capsule attached to its leg.  I’ve reproduced it to the […] read more

More On TD Bank Data Breach Involving Backup Tapes.

Encryption software is not a magical cure-all for digital data woes, but it certainly can cut down on the risks of them coming to fruition.  Take, for example, the TD Bank data breach that I had blogged about earlier this month. In that particular case, computer tapes that contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive […] read more

Weak Encryption: Researchers Crack Encryption On Australian Public Transportation.

Researchers revealed at an Australian security conference that they cracked the encryption used by a state public transport system for issuing tickets (read: free rides).  Unlike the encryption algorithm used by AlertBoot laptop encryption — AES-256, which is open to public poking — the transportation system was using a custom-designed one.  Usually, that’s a bad […] read more