Data Security

Twitter unveils forward secrecy in bid to stymie spying government eyes

Twitter unveils forward secrecy in bid to stymie spying government eyes

As with many tech companies, Twitter has been caught up in the government spying fallout, and has taken steps to protect its users' data, the latest of which was an announcement on the company's blog this evening: forward secrecy. With forward secrecy, Twitter has essentially enabled a contingency plan against the possibility of some agency recording encrypted traffic and at some point in the future decrypting it with Twitter's private keys.

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Yahoo to encrypt all internal and user data by early next year

Yahoo to encrypt all internal and user data by early next year

Marissa Mayer, by way of the official Yahoo Tumblr, has announced the plans to begin encrypting more data. This follows the recent news about encrypting Yahoo Mail. The mail encryption is coming by January 8, 2014 and promises https (SSL - Secure Sockets Layer) encryption with a 2048-bit key. This next phase of encryption is set to go into effect during Q1 2014.

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Adobe hacks affected multiple US agencies, FBI says

Adobe hacks affected multiple US agencies, FBI says

The US Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and other US government agencies were infiltrated by the Adobe software breaches that came to light last month, the FBI said in a memo this week. The memo, which was distributed throughout the affected agencies, said that the breaches actually started in December of 2012 and were carried out by the hacker group known as Anonymous. They then left "back doors" to government computer systems which Anonymous operatives could return to later, which some did quite publicly last month.

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Microsoft introduces Cybercrime Center, its crime-fighting headquarters

Microsoft introduces Cybercrime Center, its crime-fighting headquarters

Microsoft has just earned itself a bit of James Bond flair, having taken the wraps off its new Cybercrime Center. Calling it the company's "new headquarters for the fight against cybercrime," the Cybercrime Center fights all sorts of online evils, whether it be child exploitation, Citadel botnets, or anything in between. The center was introduced today, and is located at the company's Redmond campus.

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CIA reportedly collecting international financial transaction data on Americans

CIA reportedly collecting international financial transaction data on Americans

Through the same legal go-ahead and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court used by the NSA to grab phone records, the CIA is collecting American's international money transactions into a "vast database," according to officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. The data is reportedly gathered from money transfer services, such as Western Union, and aims to track the financing of terrorists.

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NSA says up to 200,000 documents were leaked by Snowden

NSA says up to 200,000 documents were leaked by Snowden

It is no secret that Edward Snowden leaked a vast quantity of documents, with new information continuing to surface repeatedly after he fled to Russia. Last month, the NSA revealed the approximate number of documents Snowden shared with the media, stating that it was up to 200,000 documents, and that they will continue to be revealed over time. The information was provided by the NSA's Director General Keith Alexander.

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Chrome extensions on Windows to get Web Store requirement in January

Chrome extensions on Windows to get Web Store requirement in January

Windows users are no stranger to malware of various sorts, though the infection rate has decreased in some ways over the years. As with all browsers, Chrome is vulnerable to infections by those who take advantage of lax extensions security, with users installing (or in some cases, having installed without consent) malicious extensions. Google has announced a new change to put an end to this.

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Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

There are a couple of Google engineers working for the Google security team replying in kind to the NSA and the GCHQ (on the other side of the ocean) regarding the most recent round of Edward Snowden-leaked documents on government snooping into Google and Yahoo cloud networks. What you'll find is a rather everyman-level bit of talk that essentially anyone can understand. Per Google's Mike Hearn: "We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here."

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