Double-Encrypting Ransomware

Schneier on Security

In the first, hackers encrypt data with ransomware A and then re-encrypt that data with ransomware B. In that case, data is only encrypted once, but a victim would need both decryption keys to unlock everything. Uncategorized encryption extortion malware ransomware

Encrypted Communications Network 'Anom' Was Sting Operation

Data Breach Today

FBI Developed Smartphone-Based Platform as Honeypot for Criminals Thousands of suspected criminals have been relying on the "Anom" encrypted communications platform to coordinate their efforts.

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Intentional Flaw in GPRS Encryption Algorithm GEA-1

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The first encryption algorithm for that standard was GEA-1, a stream cipher built on three linear-feedback shift registers and a non-linear combining function. Details are in the paper: “ Cryptanalysis of the GPRS Encryption Algorithms GEA-1 and GEA-2.”

Let's Encrypt Vulnerability

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The BBC is reporting a vulnerability in the Let's Encrypt certificate service: In a notification email to its clients, the organisation said: "We recently discovered a bug in the Let's Encrypt certificate authority code. I am seeing nothing on the Let's Encrypt website.

Encrypted EncroChat Network: Police Arrest More Suspects

Data Breach Today

FBI/AFP-Run Encrypted Phone

Schneier on Security

For three years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Australian Federal Police owned and operated a commercial encrypted phone app, called AN0M, that was used by organized crime around the world. We’ve seen law enforcement take over encrypted apps before: for example, EncroChat.

Garmin Confirms Hackers Encrypted Several Systems

Data Breach Today

Navigation and Smartwatch Company Stops Short of Using Term 'Ransomware' Garmin acknowledged Monday that a "cyberattack" that encrypted several of its systems led to outages that affected several of the company's fitness and aviation products along with knocking its homepage and customer service centers offline.

NSA Offers Guidance on Adopting Encrypted DNS

Data Breach Today

Agency Describes How DoH Can Help Prevent Eavesdropping The NSA has released guidance on how organizations can adopt encrypted domain name system protocols to prevent eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS traffic.

2 Arrested for Operating Malware Encryption Service

Data Breach Today

Romanians Allegedly Ran 'CyberSeal,' 'Dataprotector' and 'Cyberscan' Services Europol has arrested two Romanians for allegedly selling services - including malware encryption - that helped cybercriminals circumvent antivirus tools

Cryptanalysis of an Old Zip Encryption Algorithm

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Mike Stay broke an old zipfile encryption algorithm to recover $300,000 in bitcoin. bitcoin cryptanalysis cryptocurrency cryptography encryptionDefCon talk here.

ZLoader Malware Hidden in Encrypted Excel File

Data Breach Today

Researchers Describe Sophisticated Phishing Campaign A new phishing campaign distributes ZLoader malware using advanced delivery techniques that demonstrate sophisticated understanding of Microsoft Office document formats and techniques, the security firm Forcepoint X-Labs reports

Zoom Promises Geo-Fencing, Encryption Overhaul for Meetings

Data Breach Today

Web Conferencing Provider Blames Routing of Keys via China on Scaling-Up Error Zoom, responding to research that identified encryption and infrastructure shortcomings in its audio and video conferencing software, has promised to further revamp its security controls.

Trojan Shield, the biggest ever police operation against encrypted communications

Security Affairs

Trojan Shield operation: The FBI and Australian Federal Police ran an encrypted chat platform that was used by crime gangs and intercepted their communications. The secure devices don’t use phone number to communicate because the encrypted traffic it relayed via An0m’s central platform.

Top Enterprise Encryption Products

eSecurity Planet

Encryption remains a mainstay of IT security technology, a critical tool for protecting sensitive data. We evaluate the top encryption solutions

Homomorphic Encryption Makes Real-World Gains, Pushed by Google, IBM, Microsoft

eSecurity Planet

The increasing mobility of data, as it ping-pongs between clouds, data centers and the edge, has made it an easier target of cybercrime groups, which has put a premium on the encryption of that data in recent years. Further reading : Best Encryption Software & Tools for 2021.

What Is the Signal Encryption Protocol?

WIRED Threat Level

As the Signal protocol becomes the industry standard, it's worth understanding what sets it apart from other forms of end-to-end encrypted messaging.

European Police Hack Encrypted Communication System

Data Breach Today

Cracking of EncroChat's Network Leads to Hundreds of Arrests in Organized Crime Crackdown European police gained access to messages sent via an encrypted cellular network, leading to the arrest of hundreds of alleged organized crime members, according to Europol

Australia Passes Encryption-Busting Law

Data Breach Today

Government Can Force Technology Companies to Break Encryption Australia's Parliament has passed new laws enabling it to compel technology companies to break their own encryption. Although the government argued the laws are needed to combat criminal activity and terrorism, opponents argued the powers could creep beyond their scope and weaken the security of all software

Homomorphic Encryption: The 'Golden Age' of Cryptography

Dark Reading

The ability to perform complex calculations on encrypted data promises a new level of privacy and data security for companies in the public and private sectors.

Zoom to Offer End-to-End Encryption for All Users

Data Breach Today

Teleconference Company Describes Series of Security Measures Zoom will begin beta testing an end-to-end encryption feature in July that it plans to make available at no charge to all who use the paid or free version of its teleconference platform.

New Bill Targeting ‘Warrant-Proof’ Encryption Draws Ire

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The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act is being decried as "an awful idea" by security experts. Government Privacy apple Data Privacy Encryption End to end encryption Facebook FBI Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act Security

OnDemand Webinar | Protect Your Network From Encrypted Threats

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Learn How To Run Deep SSL Inspection For Encrypted Traffic. View this webinar OnDemand and learn how you can run deep SSL inspection for encrypted traffic

Encryption Under ‘Full-Frontal Nuclear Assault’ By U.S. Bills

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government and tech companies continue to butt heads over the idea of encryption and what that means for law enforcement. Government Newsmaker Interviews Videos apple backdoor EARN IT Encryption FBI government Lawful Access to Encrypted Data ActThe U.S.

Analysis: Strong vs. Weak Encryption

Data Breach Today

The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the debate over whether the government should require technology firms to use weak encryption for messaging applications. Plus, D-Link's proposed settlement with the FTC and a CISO's update on medical device security

Intel Adds Memory Encryption, Firmware Security to Ice Lake Chips

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Intel's addition of memory encryption to its upcoming 3rd generation Xeon Scalable processors matches AMD's Secure Memory Encryption (SME) feature.

DoJ Blasts Apple on Lack of Encryption Backdoor - Again

Data Breach Today

Law Enforcement Leaders Say Encryption Delayed Terrorist Investigation; Apple Pushes Back Although FBI technicians were able to gain access to data in two iPhones belonging to a Saudi national who killed three U.S.

Google Workspace Adds Client-Side Encryption

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Users given control over encryption keys, Google says

Zoom Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption After Setbacks

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After backlash over false marketing around its encryption policies, Zoom will finally roll out end-to-end encryption next week. Cloud Security Vulnerabilities Web Security coronavirus COVID-19 E2EE Encryption End to end encryption Pandemic remote work Security transport layer security encryption video conferencing security zoom zoom meeting Zoom-bombing

MY TAKE: Agile cryptography is coming, now that ‘attribute-based encryption’ is ready for prime time

The Last Watchdog

Encryption agility is going to be essential as we move forward with digital transformation. All of the technical innovation cybersecurity vendors are churning out to deal with ever-expanding cyber risks, at the end of the day, come down to protecting encrypted data. Now comes something called attribute-based encryption, or ABE, a new approach to encrypting data that holds the potential to infuse agility into how encryption gets done online.

Intel, Microsoft Aim for Breakthrough in DARPA Encryption Project

Dark Reading

Together, the vendor giants aim to make "in use" encryption -- also known as "fully homomorphic encryption" -- economical and practical

Zoom Will Be End-to-End Encrypted for All Users

Schneier on Security

Zoom is doing the right thing : it's making end-to-end encryption available to all users, paid and unpaid. cybersecurity encryption securityengineering twofactorauthentication videoconferencing

The FBI's Anom Stunt Rattles the Encryption Debate

WIRED Threat Level

The agency spent years running a secure phone network for criminals. So much for “going dark.”. Security Security / Security News

The Encryption 'Backdoor' Debate Continues

Data Breach Today

The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers a deep dive on the debate about whether law enforcement officials should have a "backdoor" to circumvent encryption. Also featured: An analysis of Equifax's settlement with the FTC and a discussion of a new report on the cost of data breaches

CIA Secretly Owned Swiss Encryption Firm for Years: Reports

Data Breach Today

MongoDB Offers Field Level Encryption

Schneier on Security

MongoDB now has the ability to encrypt data by field : MongoDB calls the new feature Field Level Encryption. It works kind of like end-to-end encrypted messaging, which scrambles data as it moves across the internet, revealing it only to the sender and the recipient. authentication cryptography encryption hacking keys

Data Leakage from Encrypted Databases

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Matthew Green has a super-interesting blog post about information leakage from encrypted databases. academicpapers databases encryptionIt describes the recent work by Paul Grubbs, Marie-Sarah Lacharité, Brice Minaud, and Kenneth G. Paterson. Even the summary is too much to summarize, so read it.

Facebook Pressured Over Encrypted Messaging Plans

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US, UK and Australia Push for Law Enforcement Access Facebook is falling under renewed pressure for its plans to make its messaging platforms fully encrypted. The U.S., and Australia are asking Facebook to ensure law enforcement can access messages

Encryption Helps Companies Avoid Breach Notifications

Dark Reading

With nearly twice as many firms suffering a breach compared with the previous year, limiting the damage becomes more important, a survey finds

E.U. Authorities Crack Encryption of Massive Criminal and Murder Network

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Google Releases Basic Homomorphic Encryption Tool

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From a Wired article : Private Join and Compute uses a 1970s methodology known as "commutative encryption" to allow data in the data sets to be encrypted with multiple keys, without it mattering which order the keys are used in. This is helpful for multiparty computation, where you need to apply and later peel away multiple layers of encryption without affecting the computations performed on the encrypted data. cryptography encryption google