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September 2015

Elektronische Signatur: Das Thema lebt, die Chancen wachsen

Der Bundesverband IT-Sicherheit e.V. (TeleTrusT) veranstaltete in Kooperation mit dem Verband Organisations- und Informationssysteme (VOI) einen Informationstag “Elektronische Signatur”. Die Fachdiskussion zeigte: Das Thema “Elektronische Signatur” bietet wachsende Chancen für deutsche IT-Sicherheitsunternehmen. TeleTrusT und VOI setzten mit dem Informationstag “Elektronische Signatur” am 17.09.2015 in Berlin mit rd. 100 Teilnehmern die Veranstaltungsreihe der Vorjahre fort. Experten aus Wirtschaft, Verwaltung und For-schung erörterten die aktuelle Situation der elektronischen Signatur in Europa und …Read More

Electronic signatures gaining acceptance

Electronic signatures, already sweeping through a myriad of other industries, became legally binding in Ontario real estate transactions on July 1, despite the province’s initial trepidation. Ontario joins Québec, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island as provinces that allow e-signatures in real estate transactions. The amendment to the Electronic Commerce Act originally was expected to occur under Dalton McGuinty’s government, but his resignation and the election tabled the …Read More

EMV: Why U.S. Will Miss Oct. Deadline

The U.S. payments infrastructure will come up far short of completing the rollout of EMV technology by the Oct. 1 fraud liability shift date because of high costs, a perceived lack of consumer demand and doubts about EMV’s ability to significantly reduce card fraud. Although fraud-fighting experts say progress is sub-par, few will even offer updated estimates on the quantities of chip cards or EMV-ready POS terminals that have been …Read More

Jimmy-Kimmel-Beitrag: So schnell verraten Passanten ihre Passwörter

“Wir sprechen über Datensicherheit und wie sicher die Passwörter der Menschen sind. Was ist eins deiner Online-Passwörter?” Auf diese Frage einer Straßenumfrage in Los Angeles dürfte kaum jemand antworten – sollte man meinen. Doch eine Befragte sagt höflich: “Es ist der Name meines Hundes und das Jahr, in dem ich meinen Schulabschluss gemacht habe”. Danach passiert, was passieren muss: Im Laufe des belanglos daherkommenden Gesprächs erzählt die Frau natürlich von …Read More

Jimmy Kimmel gets people to give him their passwords

Online life has made us blase. We’re so enamored of everything being so convenient and free that we’re not too careful about someone taking advantage of that convenience and freedom. And so it was that Jimmy Kimmel decided to test just how carefree we are about our digital security. In one of his regular subterfuges, he sent his minions to the streets in an attempt to elicit people’s passwords. No …Read More

Cryptome founder revokes PGP keys after weird ‘compromise’

The creator of digital library and whistle-blowing site Cryptome.org, John Young, has revoked a host of his PGP key pairs after learning they were compromised. In a site statement dated yesterday, Young claimed to have learned “that all PGP public keys of John Young and Cryptome have been compromised.” He added “the keys have been revoked today”. Asked whether all of the keys were compromised, Young told The Register it …Read More

GCHQ is giving out advice on how to set a good password

The UK intelligence agency responsible for vast amounts of snooping, as exposed by the Snowden revelations, has released new password guidelines. GCHQ and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure have released a report entitled “Password guidance: simplifying your approach”, which suggests that complex passwords are no longer recommended. The agency instead recommends using passwords made from three random words, using password managers and jettisoning overly complex password rules …Read More

Google, Mozilla, Microsoft browsers will dump RC4 encryption

After years of security experts demanding the RC4 stream cipher be deprecated, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft announced Tuesday they will officially remove the encryption algorithm from respective Web browsers by early 2016. Introduced in 1987, RC4 is a stream cipher widely used in various communications protocols to encrypt packets from eavesdroppers. Web applications and VPNs have used RC4 to protect sensitive network traffic, for example. However, researchers have uncovered multiple …Read More

Top German Spy: We Made Mistakes Working With NSA

Speaking before the special parliamentary committee looking into the activities of the NSA, Gerhard Schindler admitted that the BND had made mistakes in how it had handled requests from the NSA, but he defended the need for cooperation with the American spy agency. “We have learned a lesson from our recent past… We made a number of mistakes during our collaboration with the National Security Agency at our Bad Aibling surveillance center in Bavaria,” BND director Gerhard Schindler said in an interview with the daily tabloid …Read More

Bruce Schneier: ‘We’re in early years of a cyber arms race’

Security guru Bruce Schneier says there’s a kind of cold war now being waged in cyberspace, only the trouble is we don’t always know who we’re waging it against. Schneier appeared onscreen via Google Hangouts at the LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon conference in Seattle on Tuesday to warn attendees that the modern security landscape is becoming increasingly complex and dangerous. “We know,…Read More