Last November it became known that Twitter was working to encrypt direct messages (DMs) between users in response to NSA/GCHQ snooping. Although general Twitter posts are entirely public, DMs (direct tweets between connected users) are considered to be a private form of messaging. Now it is reported that Twitter has quietly shelved DM encryption plans.
20 March 2014
Edward Snowden was a surprise speaker at TED2014 in Vancouver. Beamed in via a telepresence robot from his exile in Russia, he spoke to TED presenter Chris Anderson, and was joined by 'father of the web' Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Snowden said there is more to come, and that encryption remains the internet's best defense.
19 March 2014
Aware of weaknesses in the early_random() pseudo random number generator used in iOS 6, Apple switched to an entirely new generator in iOS 7. In doing so, however, it weakened rather than strengthened the random number generation that lies at the heart of many of the attack mitigations that supposedly make iOS a secure operating system.
17 March 2014
After a Dutch IT consultant published a proof-of-concept showing how a WhatsApp user's chat history could be stolen, WhatsApp responded by saying the reports were 'overstated' and that the messaging service had been updated "to further protect our users against malicious apps." The proof of concept code, however, still works.
14 March 2014
A surprisingly telegenic Edward Snowden took to a video link from an undisclosed location to address a sympathetic crowd at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas this week. And despite the fact that he has sought asylum in Russia, a country hardly known for its lack of government surveillance, he used his time to reiterate his outrage at the NSA’s practice of monitoring communications chatter between US citizens before participating in a discussion of privacy technologies.
11 March 2014
The question repeatedly asked by the bitcoin community since Mt Gox announced that all of its bitcoins had been stolen by hackers, is where have they gone? While bitcoins do not reveal their owners, their use can be tracked via blockchains – and there has been no sign of their use.
10 March 2014
A crypto error in the GnuTLS library has made hundreds of software packages vulnerable to fake security certificates.
05 March 2014
Tor was developed to provide internet anonymity to those who need it. But with the Snowden surveillance revelations came an increased interest in and demand for such anonymity – and not surprisingly that includes the criminal element. Malware C&C servers are hosted, illicit trading organizations homed, services hidden and money laundered; all within Tor.
05 March 2014
Reuters Technology reporter Joseph Menn interviewed security expert Bruce Schneier in front of last week’s TrustyCon audience in San Francisco, where the security expert provided his analysis of the government surveillance controversy
04 March 2014
Following a year of growing concerns and a few weeks of complete closure, Mt Gox – once the world's most successful Bitcoin exchange – announced that it had entered 'bankruptcy protection' (similar to Chapter 11 in the US). It claims to have lost a total of almost 750,000 Bitcoins to hackers.
03 March 2014