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January 2015

Harvard vs Cameron: Professors defend encryption

The proposals by David Cameron, the UK prime minister, to criminalise forms of encryption that would block intelligence services from reading messages from terrorist suspects have been criticised in Davos by a group of Harvard professors. They argued that end-to-end encryption, under which messages cannot be unscrambled, even by the company that operates the network across which they pass, was vital if people were to stop governments and companies scanning …Read More

“123456” Maintains the Top Spot on SplashData’s Annual “Worst Passwords” List

SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen. In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list …Read More

Minister launches new Spanish national identity card

A new, electronic DNI 3.0 (Spanish national identity card) has been created to prevent identity theft and improve safety. Minister of Internal Affairs, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, introduced the new card, an advanced document with high safety measures which will prevent identity theft and serve as an electronic travel document, as well as being able to communicate with smart phones. Lleida is the first city where the new device will be …Read More

David Cameron Will Ban Encrypted Chat Apps If He Can’t Read Yours

Governments have been wanting access to your encrypted chats for a while now. The FBI, Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder have all made attempts to bypass Apple’s encryption policy, which automatically encrypts every message sent via Apple software, as well as protects users from having the police request a copy of your texts. Now the UK’s Prime Minister may be joining them in disliking Apple’s policy. Read article: …Read More

NIMC plans local production of national ID card

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has finalised arrangements to stop the manufacture and production of the e-ID card abroad, in compliance with the local content policy of the Federal Government, even as the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company PLC and five (5) other local firms were shortlisted for the financial bid opening for the job. Read article: http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/news/national-news/193573-nimc-plans-local-production-of-national-id-card

Web Encryption Gets Stronger and More Widespread: 2014 in Review

At the close of 2013, we made a wish for the upcoming year: With revelations of the NSA’s unlawful and unjust data interception programs snooping on much of the critical infrastructure of the Internet still fresh in our minds, one of our big holiday wishes was for 2014 to be the year of web encryption. And as a part of this effort we built the Encrypt the Web Report: a …Read More

Smart Hong Kong ID cards to be replaced from 2018 to 2022

The government plans to begin replacing all Hong Kong smart identity cards with more secure ones in four years, a Legislative Council paper shows. It is estimated that the replacement process – expected to last from 2018 to 2022 – will cost about HK$3.3 billion. In the paper, which was released yesterday for the Legco panel on security’s January 6 meeting, the government said that the existing smart ID cards, …Read More

Mobile Privacy and Security Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: 2014 in Review

2014 has seen a flurry of events surrounding the issues of privacy and security when it comes to mobile devices. Here are some highlights. EFF started the year by releasing HTTPS Everywhere on Firefox for Android. Before, HTTPS Everywhere could only protect web browsing on desktop platforms, but with the release of HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox for Android, that same protection became available for Android devices as well. June saw …Read More

The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco

When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies. It was in the summer of 2012 that the anomalies were initially detected by employees at Belgium’s largest telecommunications provider, Belgacom. But it …Read More

GCHQ launches Cryptoy mobile app to teach cryptography

Cryptoy is the free educational app about cryptography designed by GCHQ for use by secondary school students and their teachers. The British Intelligence agency GCHQ has launched “Cryptoy”, an Android mobile app that was designed to encourage youngsters to tackle emerging cyber security threats, the Agency made it available to download today. The Cryptoy mobile app was developed by STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students on an industrial year placement at GCHQ and …Read More