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January 2016

Help us by voting for sessions from Adam Ross and Klaus Schmeh to be added to the 2016 RSA Conference agenda!

Once again this year one of the world’s most important IT security events, the RSA Conference, will be featuring a number of crowdsourced sessions. These selections are determined by popular vote and cryptovision’s Adam Ross and Klaus Schmeh were selected as finalists for RSAC Crowdsourced Sessions. Everyone can take part and voting is free and easy. Pick your favorites by clicking on the Thumbs Up button. You can vote for …Read More

Cryptographic backdoors? France says, “Non!”

Genuinely strong encryption – the sort of encryption that is as good as unbreakable if used correctly – is now readily available, even in consumer devices such as mobile phones. In theory, therefore, even a non-technical user can prevent hackers or eavesdroppers (regardless of their motivation or legality) from getting hold of private emails, text messages, browsing history, browsing content, phone conversations, personal documents, pictures, location data, customer information, and …Read More

Watch cryptovision’s Adam Ross in a Great News Video!

The Silicon Trust news portal is featuring a video interview with cryptovision’s Adam Ross. It was shot at the cryptovision booth at the Cartes 2015 event in Paris. Adam starts with a few introductory words about cryptovision and then demonstrates how cryptovision products (especially sc/interface and ePasslet) are used for user-friendly and secure biometric web-authentication, including digital signatures. With these tools at hand, passwords (which are inconvenient and insecure) are …Read More

Ex-NSA boss says FBI director is wrong on encryption

The FBI director wants the keys to your private conversations on your smartphone to keep terrorists from plotting secret attacks. But on Tuesday, the former head of the U.S. National Security Agency – the supreme experts on communications – said that would be a terrible idea. General Michael Hayden, now retired, was speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Miami Beach. He expressed his unwavering support for encryption, a feature that …Read More

The SLOTH attacks: why laziness about cryptography puts security at risk

The big “cryptographic cracking” story so far in 2016 is SLOTH, which is not only interesting and important, but also a VUWACONA, making it eye-catching as well. VUWACONA is short for Vulnerability With A Cool Name, our new acronym for bugs like LOGJAM, FREAK and Poodle. Like those three previous security problems, SLOTH is the result of modern cryptographic protocols continuing to use superannuated cryptographic algorithms, and needlessly being less …Read More

Bank refuses to pay $3,000,000 ransom, hacker exposes customer account details

A hacker has published the account statements of hundreds of United Arab Emirates (UAE) bank customers after his $3 million ransom demand went unfulfilled. SC Magazine reports that beginning on November 18th, an individual known only as “Hacker Buba” began tweeting offers to “Sell #sql from #database” from Invest Bank, a financial institution based in Sharjah, UAE. The stolen data was said at the time to total 900GB in size …Read More