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February 2017

Announcing the first SHA1 collision

Cryptographic hash functions like SHA-1 are a cryptographer’s swiss army knife. You’ll find that hashes play a role in browser security, managing code repositories, or even just detecting duplicate files in storage. Hash functions compress large amounts of data into a small message digest. As a cryptographic requirement for wide-spread use, finding two messages that lead to the same digest should be computationally infeasible. Over time however, this requirement can …Read More

Yahoo: One Billion More Accounts Hacked

Just months after disclosing a breach that compromised the passwords for a half billion of its users, Yahoo now says a separate incident has jeopardized data from at least a billion more user accounts. The company also warned attackers have figured out a way to log into targeted Yahoo accounts without even supplying the victim’s password. On September 22, Yahoo warned that a security breach of its networks affected more …Read More

cryptovision welcomes plans to require two-factor authentication for internet payment by law

The Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, has discussed a new legal framework for internet payment. Among other things, this new legislation shall impose two-factor authentication for internet payment. This means that a customer, who wants to pay for a purchase on a web portal, will need to authenticate with at least two out of the following three methods: knowlegde (e.g., password), ownership (e.g., smart card), and property (e.g., finger print). cryptovision, …Read More

Two Members of Parliament on a visit at cryptovision

Joachim Poß (Bundestag) and Markus Töns (Landtag), two members of Parliament representing the electoral district of Gelsenkirchen, took a visit at cryptovision. Joachim and Markus, who are long-term friends of cryptovision’s CEO Markus Hoffmeister, informed themselves about the importance of secure identities in a world that becomes more and more digitized and networked. Among other things, the politicians discussed the security of e-voting and i-voting with a cryptovision delegation. Markus …Read More

cryptovision’s Klaus Schmeh publishes article in “Datenschutz und Datensicherheit”

cryptovision’s Klaus Schmeh has published an article about eIDAS in the German IT security magazine Datenschutz und Datensicherheit. eIDAS, the new generation of digital signature legislation in the European Union, introduces a number of new provisions that are expected to make digital signatures more attractive. In his article Klaus explains this innovations in detail including a view on the implications of the new legal framework on the practical use of …Read More

Email Encryption On The Rise But Still Not “Universal”

Osterman study finds that more than half of organizations in North America use email encryption for external communications. The numbers aren’t staggering, but more companies now view encrypting email a priority. New research by Osterman on behalf of Echoworx found that while 45% of organizationsin North America consider email encryption a “very important” or “critical” priority in 2015, that number jumped to 53% in the 2016 study. At the same …Read More