Beware the Double-edged Sword
Encryption plays a vital role in protecting valuable information from being stolen or altered. But it can be used by your enemies just as readily. How do you stay one step ahead of the attackers, when it comes to employing the latest encryption technology? What is the right solution for your organisation? How do you make sure your systems aren't breached? With ransomware attacks on the rise and forthcoming regulations like GDPR meaning any data breach is financially ruinous f
Ending Whatsapp Encryption to Stop Terrorism Would Make People ‘Less Safe’
Privacy advocates have criticized U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd after she called for security services to be able to access encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp in order to fight terrorism. Rudd said there must be “no place for terrorists to hide” following Wednesday’s attack in London that killed four people. Police believe the perpetrator had accessed WhatsApp two minutes before carrying out the attack. “We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp, and ther
Can You Weather the GDPR Security Storm?
Despite 83 per cent of financial services professionals using email more than any other form of communication, 23 per cent either do not use or are unaware of any email and file sharing encryption technology in place. You would think that simple and secure communication with employees and customers would be top of any financial services firm’s checklist, wouldn’t you? That the need for confidentiality and regulatory compliance had never been greater? Especially given that fin
Third Time Charm for Email Privacy Act?
The Email Privacy Act, a persistent attempt to update the antiquated U.S. electronic privacy law, has returned to Capitol Hill for the third time since 2013. The bill aims to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, which created a legislative framework that impacts internet communications to this day. Amongst the provisions of the 1986 law is one which allows government agencies to obtain the electronic communications of U.S. citizens without a warrant
What's new with encryption?
Though already widely used, encryption awareness will rise and grow stronger. When thinking about topics to cover for those who are new to security, opportunities abound. New threats emerge every day, along with new technologies to help combat those threats. Everyone is itching to know what they need to do to defend the crown jewels, which in itself is a new concept in cybersecurity. Even though there is nothing 'new' about encryption--it remains a vital tool in terms of secu
Oh, for F...acebook: WhatsApp, critics spar over alleged 'backdoor'
Don't panic, there's nothing to fear, insists green messenger. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption can be potentially exploited by determined snoops to intercept and read encrypted messages, it was claimed today. Essentially, if an attacker can reroute a redelivered encrypted message, it is possible to decrypt the text. Facebook-owned WhatsApp stresses this is not a serious flaw nor a deliberate backdoor in its code. Users can detect and stop the surveillance, if it happens, by
WhatsApp backdoor: "A huge threat to freedom of speech"
A reported 'backdoor' in WhatsApp could undermine the security of private messages. WhatsApp has a backdoor that could allow Facebook to intercept and read encrypted messages, it is claimed. According to a report in The Guardian, the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol makes it possible for the company to access private messages, at least in theory. As the report explains, WhatsApp's encryption "relies on the generation of unique security keys", cr
Facebook under fire for WhatsApp security backdoor
A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in the way WhatsApp implements encryption, raising concerns that it will be exploited by governments to spy on users. Facebook has come under fire for a serious vulnerability in WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption system, which puts users under the risk of surveillance. The criticism and warning comes after a security researcher has found a security backdoor in the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service that could provide a
A Welcome Reset for Citizen Privacy
Canada’s Public Consultation on National Security: The notion that we are being watched digitally has, seemingly overnight, become something many people now accept as a fact of life in the modern, post-Snowden world. Much of the news around citizen privacy, as always, has been focused on the US, but are we on the sidelines? Canada is an active participant in the five-eyes program, has rolled out the now politically toxic Bill C-51, and as members of NATO, NORAD, and enough ac
The CyberWire Daily Podcast
The CyberWire Daily Podcast is a look at what's happening in cyberspace. It provides a clear and concise summary of the news and offers commentary from industry experts. In this podcast we hear about "Rasputin," a cybercriminal selling US Election Assistance Commission credentials. US investigation of Russian influence operations continues, with promises of eventual retaliation (nose-thumbing from Moscow received in response). UK and EU officials worry about Russian meddling