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The security review: Encryption 101 and Android security updates

Highlights from the past seven days in information security include encryption insights, Android updates, Facebook at 12 and a data breach at UCF in the US.

Encryption 101: What is it? When should I use it?

More than perhaps any other security topic, encryption really seems to perplex a lot of people. So, let’s take a closer look – from basics to best practice.

Quantum cryptography ‘is vulnerable to attack’

Swedish researchers have found that quantum cryptography, via energy-time entanglement, is vulnerable to being exploited by an attacker.

Apple continues to defend encryption

Apple’s Tim Cook has once again defended encryption, explaining that the introduction of a backdoor would create vulnerabilities and leave devices exposed to threats.

The security review: Virtualization, diversity and encryption

Get up-to-date with the latest happenings in information security with our review of the past week.

Apple’s Tim Cook: There’ll be no backdoor in encryption

Apple’s Tim Cook has said in an interview with the Irish Independent that the idea of introducing backdoor access into encryption is ‘firmly off’ its agenda.

Reclaim privacy with operational security says Snowden

Edward Snowden has been offering advice on operational security to ordinary people, advocating, among other things, two-factor authentication and encryption.

The security review: Industrie 4.0, Schrödinger’s Cat and weakening encryption

This week’s roundup of the past seven days includes a interesting piece on Industrie 4.0, Schrödinger’s antivirus, proposals to weaken encryption and much more.

ProtonMail hit with another DDoS attack

After experiencing an onslaught of DDoS attacks, which saw it hand over the ransom that was demanded, ProtonMail has once again been targeted by cybercriminals.

UK government: Data encryption needs to be limited

The UK government is to put forward proposals that will require organizations to limit the effectiveness of data encryption, arguing it weakens security.

Apple: It is impossible to access encrypted data on iPhones

Apple has once again reiterated its claim that it is technically impossible for it to access encrypted data on iPhones that are running iOS 8 or higher and even if it was possible, it would be apprehensive to perform such an action.

Back to university: cybersecurity now a major concern in higher education

Cybersecurity topics and panels were rated one of the “6 Best Things” at the recent Campus Tech conference, in Boston.

How to steal PGP encryption keys (using radio waves and pita bread)

An ingenious team of Israeli security researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered a way to steal secret encryption keys using a gadget so small it can be hidden inside some pita bread.

WhatsApp gets tough on security

But only on Android for now. The popular messaging service has announced a default encryption protocol that surely makes WhatsApp THE most secure consumer messaging system in the world right now.

Artist mails NSA ‘uncrackable’ mixtape

An artist has created what he claims to be an ‘uncrackable’ mixtape, using freely available encryption tools and housed on a home-made device, and posted it to America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

Blackphone ultra-secure Android handset goes on sale

The Blackphone, a new super-secure Android handset is now on sale. The Blackphone offers encryption technology that makes snooping on calls or other communications extremely hard, even for government agencies.

Encryption essential for cyber security: A million reasons to encrypt sensitive data

Encryption is essential to cyber security today, with encryption of personally identifiable information (PII) being a top priority for organizations large and small, to protect customers and avoid fines and penalties after data breaches.

NSA faces fresh revelations as Snowden anniversary arrives

On the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s public revelations of mass surveillance conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency we look back on the impact, even as we face the prospect of more revelations to come.

eBay customers urged to change their passwords after breach

eBay customers should change passwords following this latest high profile breach. The Internet giant says the hack exposed names, addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords of customers.

Heartbleed encryption flaw leaves millions of sites at risk

The Heartbleed bug – a flaw in an encryption technology used to protect major websites including Yahoo – has left a huge amount of private data at risk – and internet giants are scrambling to find fixes for a problem which could leave customer data exposed to criminals.

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