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April 2016

Stolen usernames and passwords still cause almost a quarter of all data breaches

Companies and consumers alike love “the cloud”. But the same security mistakes appear to be helping hackers steal data from cloud-based systems time and time again. And it’s against that gloomy backdrop that a new report by the Cloud Security Alliance, “Identity Solutions: Security Beyond the Perimeter”, makes a worthwhile read. According to surveys detailed in the Centrify-sponsored report, 22% of respondents whose companies had suffered a data breach said …Read More

Encryption Backdoor Cartoons

Dilbert has a series of cartoons about backdoors in encryption products. Sunday Morning Breakfast and Cereal (SMBC) has one, too. And there are three more on other websites (Truth Dig, Daniel J. Solove, and Star Tribune) that make it clear this is a security versus surveillance debate. And then there is yet another cartoon about this topic by Daryl Cagle. Read article: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/04/encryption_back_1.html Related product: s/mail

cryptovision’s Klaus Schmeh Publishes New Book

“Kryptografie – Verfahren, Protokolle, Infrastrukturen” by Klaus Schmeh is a classic among cryptology books. 18 years after the first publication now the sixth edition is released. “Kryptografie – Verfahren, Protokolle, Infrastrukturen” holds several records: It’s the most comprehensive cryptology book on the market (900 pages), the only one that has been updated regularly for 15 years, and the only one ever to reach a sixth edition. Top positions in Amazon’s …Read More

US Technology Portal Publishes Article about cryptovision’s RSA Talk

Drug traffickers, child pornographers, rapists, and even murderers use encryption. cryptovision’s Klaus Schmeh gave a thrilling and entertaining presentation about this topic at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. Besides mentioning some historical cases (illustrated with Lego brick models) he pointed out that backdoors in crypto products, while being helpful in some cases, are by far no silver bullet for investigators. Now, the US technology portal TechBeacon has published …Read More

From Stolen Wallet to ID Theft, Wrongful Arrest

On the morning of Feb. 20, Lance Miller was arrested in front of his two children by local sheriffs in Golden, Colo. Miller, a managing partner at cybersecurity recruitment firm Curity, had discovered his wallet was missing three days prior to his arrest, reported it to the local police and canceled his credit cards. In the meantime someone had drained his checking account of approximately $5,000, and maxed out his …Read More