Encryption

NSA’s digital Bullrun: a “clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop”

NSA’s digital Bullrun: a “clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop”

The documents provided by Edward J. Snowden seem to be never-ending: today's drop is a set of secrets surrounding the NDA's full code-breaking abilities on the internet: essentially speaking on how much they're actually able to see of any and all web-based data. This information was reportedly restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program that went (or still goes) by code-name "Bullrun" - this information coming from Snowden-sent documents given to the New York Times. It's there that it suggests that the NSA has broken into - or gotten around - "much" of the security used on the internet today, and has been working to do so for the past 13+ years.

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Mega CEO talks encrypted email following Silent Circle and Lavabit closures

Mega CEO talks encrypted email following Silent Circle and Lavabit closures

Two encrypted emails services - Silent Circle and Lavabit - shut down last week, the latter for reasons said to be refusal to conspire against the American people, with Silent Circle pulling the plug on its own service as a preemptive strike against the same reality. Mega's CEO Vikram Kumar calls this "privacy seppuku," and detailed the email service his company is working on.

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Police iPhone decryption sees high demand, Apple makes them wait

Police iPhone decryption sees high demand, Apple makes them wait

It turns out that the security features on the iPhone are so robust, that police are unable to decrypt them in order to gain access to possibly crucial information on suspects' devices. This has led to federal agencies getting a hold of Apple in order to decrypt iPhones for them, but it turns out that so many devices are being requested for decryption, that Apple had to make a waiting list.

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Apple’s iMessage encryption foils snooping, leaked DEA document reveals

Apple’s iMessage encryption foils snooping, leaked DEA document reveals

iMessage is a convenient way for iOS users to swap messages, and it seems that extends to those engaging in less-than-honest dealings, particularly of the drug variety in this case. The folks over at CNET got their hands on an internal Drug Enforcement Administration memo that details an investigation and the difficulty suspects who use Apple's messaging system pose.

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Saudi Arabia eyes ban on Skype, WhatsApp, Viber

Saudi Arabia eyes ban on Skype, WhatsApp, Viber

Back in 2010 the government in Saudi Arabia threatened to institute a ban against BlackBerry services for not complying with rules in the country have new do with the ability to monitor communications. BlackBerry was forced to work very hard to avoid being banned within Saudi Arabia. Officials in Saudi Arabia are now threatening to ban some major VoIP applications.

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Silent Circle launches Android app offering full call and text encryption

Silent Circle launches Android app offering full call and text encryption

Data security is important to every mobile user, but some need a bit of extra encryption on top of normal security measures. For those users, Silent Circle has launched the Silent Phone app, which allows Android users to call and message each other with full encryption over talk and text. The app can be nabbed from the Google Play store, and requires a corresponding Silent Circle account.

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Dropbox drops the ball, leaves all encrypted user accounts open to any user with no password

Dropbox drops the ball, leaves all encrypted user accounts open to any user with no password

Anyone that is in the tech world knows that there is often more than a little apprehension when an update to a service is announced or applied. Often things come off without a hitch, but every now and again an epic fail surfaces and the upgrade turns out to be more of a downgrade. Dropbox is a service that allows users to put files in for sharing that are encrypted and secure on the server and can only be accessed by people that have the user name and password.

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Samsung Promises Highest Possible Level of Protection against Data Loss with Self-Encrypted SSD

Samsung Promises Highest Possible Level of Protection against Data Loss with Self-Encrypted SSD

Samsung's got a new Solid State Drive and they want you to take it for a spin. Samsung says it has the only Solid State Drive to feature Goverment-Grade AES 256-bit Encryption for the ultimate in security for your awesome files and such. This hardware encryption is always on, the data encryption and user authentication being performed "in the high security of the drive controller" instead of where it'd normally be stored, in the software. Software encryption works using the main CPU of the computer and stores info in the relatively insecure memory of the system, while SEDs (self-encrypting drives) encrypt at the speed of the interface making no impact on performance in the protected hardware of the SSD.

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