encryption

U-Boats, Spies, And White Magic: The Invention Of Wireless Cryptography

The wireless telegraph station in Sayville, New York was one of the most powerful in the world. Constructed by the German company Telefunken in 1912, it served as a transatlantic relay point for diplomatic messages and business communications. It was a beacon among amateur wireless enthusiasts around the United States who could tune their home-made sets to the station’s nightly press dispatches. All of this changed when one of those amateurs uncovered the station’s true purpose.


How To Encrypt Everything

A year ago, heavy duty encryption technology was something cybersecurity professionals, privacy nuts, and the odd investigative journalist cared about. Then the Snowden leaks happened. Suddenly, we were all acutely aware of how exposed our data is to the prying eyes of spies and hackers alike. But it doesn’t have to be that way.


Google Now Offers End-To-End Encryption On Email

Google has released the source code for a new extension for Chrome — but this is no ordinary extension. It’s called End-to-End, and it will provide users with the ability to encrypt their email the whole way from outbox to recipient.


Edward Snowden Threw Crypto Parties Before He Blew The Whistle On NSA

Edward Snowden is famous for one thing: blowing the whistle on the NSA. But, really, he’s just a normal guy. Before this all happened, for instance, he threw parties like all of us! Wait, maybe not quite; they were encryption parties.


One Month On, 300,000 Servers Remain Affected By Heartbleed

It’s been over a month since the world was alerted to the Heartbleed bug, but that doesn’t mean we should have forgotten about it. Quite the opposite in fact, because 300,000 servers apparently remain affected by the security hole.


How Heartbleed Works: The Code Behind The Internet's Security Nightmare

By now you’ve surely heard of Heartbleed, the hole in the internet’s security that exposed countless encrypted transactions to any attacker who knew how to abuse it. But how did it actually work? Once you break it down, it’s actually incredibly simple. And a little hilarious. But mostly terrifying.


Heartbleed: Why The Internet's Gaping Security Hole Is So Scary

In the past 15 or so years, we’ve all learned to feel pretty safe on the internet. BigSite.com is surely handling your credit card information safely, at least as safely as any brick and mortar store (looking at you, US Target). Maybe don’t be so sure; there’s been a bug lurking in one of the internet’s most important security measures for years, and it’s given attackers the keys to the kingdom. Enter Heartbleed.


HSTS: The Security That All Websites Should Be Using

You would think that by now the internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn’t intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately, when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the internet, that assumption would be dead wrong.


New 'Unbreakable' Encryption Is Inspired By Your Insides

A new form of encryption promising to be “highly resistant to conventional methods of attack” could make our digital lives more secure — and it’s all inspired by the way our heart and lungs coordinate their rhythms by passing information between each other.


Yahoo Finally Encrypting Bulk Of Its Data

We were thrilled to hear today that Yahoo is carrying through a concerted effort to protect users across its sites and services by rolling out routine encryption in several parts of its infrastructure. The company’s statement announced that, among other things, it now encrypts traffic between its data centres, makes secure HTTPS connections the default for some websites, and has turned on encryption for mail delivery between Yahoo Mail and other email services that support it (like Gmail).