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How Heartbleed Works: The Code Behind the Internet's Security Nightmare

By now you've surely heard of Heartbleed, the hole in the internet's security that exposed countless encrypted transactions to any attacker who knew how to abuse it. But how did it actually work? Once you break it down, it's actually incredibly simple. And a little hilarious. But mostly terrifying. Read More >>

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Heartbleed: Why the Internet's Gaping Security Hole is So Scary

In the past 15 or so years, we've all learned to feel pretty safe on the internet. BigSite.com is surely handling your credit card information safely, at least as safely as any brick and mortar store. Maybe don't be so sure; there's been a bug lurking in one of in one of the internet's most important security measures for years, and it's given attackers the keys to the kingdom. Enter Heartbleed. Read More >>

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HSTS: The Security That all Websites Should be Using

You would think that by now the internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn't intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the internet, that assumption would be dead wrong. That's because most websites (with a few notable exceptions) don't yet support a standard called HSTS—HTTPS Strict Transport Security. Read More >>

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New “Unbreakable” Encryption is Inspired by Your Insides

A new form of encryption promising to be "highly resistant to conventional methods of attack" could make our digital lives more secure—and it's all inspired by the way our heart and lungs coordinate their rhythms by passing information between each other. Read More >>

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Every Single Gmail Message You Send Will Now be Encrypted

Good news, security lovers! Google just announced that Gmail will be all encrypted all the time. More specifically, every single email you send or receive will use an encrypted HTTPS connection, regardless of which device you're using and which network. Even public Wi-Fi is okay. Read More >>

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The NSA's Trying to Build a Quantum Computer So It Can Break Any Code

You will not be surprised to learn that the NSA is spending nearly £48.6 million trying to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer." The Washington Post just published details of the program, codenamed "Penetrating Hard Targets," based on documents supplied by Edward Snowden. Read More >>

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The Sounds Your Computer Makes Can Give Away Your Encryption Keys

You might think your computer runs quietly—or, if you're unlucky, noisily—but either way you probably wouldn't expect that its hum could give away your secrets. Turns out, that the noise your computer makes can reveal the RSA keys it's using. Read More >>

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The NSA Can Decode Private, Encrypted Cellphone Conversations

The Washington Post is reporting that, according to a newly released internal document, the National Security Agency isn't just swiping location data from mobile phones; they actually have the ability to decode private, encrypted data, putting all texts and calls right at their disposal. Read More >>

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Twitter's Adding New Encryption to Deter Government Snoops

Twitter's added an extra layer of encryption in part to make it tougher for the government to spy on users. The service will now use Perfect Forward Security just like Google, Mozilla and Facebook which creates unique encryption keys for each session. Read More >>

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You Don't Have To Use Google's Search Encryption If You Don't Want To

It's pretty much agreed that Google's Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption is a good thing. Why not get a little free protection given that our search queries are often a good way of piecing together exactly what's going on in our lives? Read More >>

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Four UK Silk Road Shoppers Arrested Following FBI Shutdown of Drug Trading Site

Four UK men have been arrested by our National Crime Agency in the wake of the arrest of alleged Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht, with the four users of the site unsurprisingly held on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. Read More >>

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Why You Can't Blame Bitcoin for Silk Road Shadiness

The man alleged to be "Dread Pirate Roberts," the founder and operator of the Silk Road—an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs—was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco Wednesday. The criminal complaint, released today, provides many details about how the site and its users relied on widespread anonymity technology, including Tor and Bitcoin. Read More >>

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The NSA Can Crack Almost Any Type of Encryption

Bad news, America. All that effort you and your favourite companies have put into encrypting data was for nothing. After spending billions on research and supercomputers, the NSA can now crack almost any type of encryption according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Nothing is safe. Read More >>

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Quantum Cryptography Could Make Your Phone Uncrackable Someday

As the world of cybersecurity becomes increasingly volatile, more advanced solutions to problems like encryption couldn't come soon enough. This is why everybody's excited about a team of British physicists' testing a method that would put quantum cryptology in everybody's pocket. Read More >>

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Government Agents Smash Media Hard Drives to Stop NSA Leaks

Yet more astonishingly weird revelations have come out of the Guardian's endless exposure of the spying scandal, with the paper's editor claiming government enforcers resorted to physically breaking his team's computers to end the constant drip-drip of embarrassing leaks. Read More >>

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What Could Be In Wikileaks' Giant 349GB "Insurance" File?

Wikileaks has stirred up its share of trouble in its day, but it might be up to something more. The site's been posting links to a trio of encrypted files pretty insistently on Facebook, and one of them is a whopping 349GB. What's in there? Read More >>

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