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Zoom Upgrades Encryption Keys to What It Promised All Along

It was another week of social distancing or quarantine for most of the world, but Google published findings that it has seen 12 government-backed hacking groups undeterred by the pandemic and, in fact, trying to take advantage of those conditions for intelligence-gathering. Another report found that China, for one, has been busy during the pandemic…
Zoom U-turns on no e2e encryption for free users

Zoom U-turns on no e2e encryption for free users

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Encryption software: German BSI withholds Truecrypt security report – Golem.de

Encryption software: German BSI withholds Truecrypt security report – Golem.de

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has kept a detailed examination of the encryption software Truecrypt secret for nine years. On more than 400 pages the documents contain a detailed description of the architecture of the encryption tool, list various security problems and make recommendations on how to fix them. Golem.de learned about…
The Same Old Encryption Debate Has a New Target: Facebook

The Same Old Encryption Debate Has a New Target: Facebook

Stop us if you've heard this one before: United States law enforcement officials want tech companies to undermine encrypted messaging protections. The latest salvo is a fresh spin, but the underlying intent remains the same. As does the fundamental danger it poses.On Friday, Attorney General William Barr will present an open letter to Facebook and…
13-Year-Old Encryption Bugs Still Haunt Apps and IoT

13-Year-Old Encryption Bugs Still Haunt Apps and IoT

Hackers try to find novel ways to circumvent or undermine data encryption schemes all the time. But at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Purdue University researcher Sze Yiu Chau has a warning for the security community about a different threat to encryption: vulnerabilities that were discovered more than a decade…
Microsoft CEO says encryption backdoors are a ‘terrible idea’

Microsoft CEO says encryption backdoors are a ‘terrible idea’

As Apple squares off for another encryption fight, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offered mixed messages on the encryption question. In a Monday meeting with reporters in New York, Nadella reiterated the company’s opposition to encryption backdoors, but expressed tentative support for legal and technical solutions in the future. “I do think backdoors are a terrible…
Facebook’s Encryption Makes it Harder to Detect Child Abuse

Facebook’s Encryption Makes it Harder to Detect Child Abuse

In 2018, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received more than 18 million reports to their CyberTipline, constituting 45 million images depicting child sexual abuse. Most of these children were under the age of 12, and some were as young as a few months old.Since its inception in 1998, the CyberTipline has received…
Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover

Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers...

Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm with serious, well-known weaknesses, and sometimes using keys issued by servers in China, even when meeting participants are all in North America, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. The researchers also found that Zoom protects video and audio content…
Over two dozen encryption experts call on India to rethink changes to its intermediary liability rules

Over two dozen encryption experts call on India to rethink changes to its intermediary...

Security and encryption experts from around the world are joining a number of organizations to call on India to reconsider its proposed amendments to local intermediary liability rules. In an open letter to India’s IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday, 27 security and cryptography experts warned the Indian government that if it goes ahead…
Here’s how AG Barr is going to get encryption ‘backdoors’

Here’s how AG Barr is going to get encryption ‘backdoors’

At this week's big meeting of the "Five Eyes" countries, Barr was in attendance. His demands that internet companies break safe security standards of encryption -- with backdoors, or whatever gets the job done -- was one of the meeting's main topics.Yep, you read that right — we're doing the "war on encryption," again.Encrypted communication…

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Garmin’s four-day service meltdown was caused by ransomware

HOBBLED — Provider of GPS services for navigation and wearable devices is returning to normal. Dan Goodin - Jul 27, 2020 8:03 pm UTC GPS device and services provider Garmin on Monday confirmed that the worldwide outage that took down the vast majority of its offerings for five days was caused by a ransomware attack.…

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