encryption

Hacking Into Traffic Lights With A Plain Old Laptop Is Scary Simple

The idea that our traffic data systems are vulnerable is not a new one. In fact, improving cyber security on our nation’s infrastructure is a huge priority right now. But a new study from the University of Michigan on the vulnerabilities of traffic lights is shocking proof that we need to make some major changes, and we need to make them now.


Pro Hackers Could Be Spying On You Through YouTube

Bad news, dudes and dudettes. It’s getting increasingly straight-forward for deep-pocketed hackers to buy commercial-grade equipment so sophisticated that it can infect your computer with malware when you do something as innocuous as watching cat videos on YouTube. This is why it’s time to encrypt your shit.


Yahoo And Google Working Together On Unified Encrypted Email For 2015

Google has been working towards offering end-to-end encryption for Gmail. But now it’s teaming up with Yahoo to make both webmail services encrypted in such a way that they both work together.


This Tool Makes Encrypting Files As Easy As Locking Your Door

Encryption options like PGP are great, but the labyrinth of keys and passwords that look like a master’s thesis written in gibberish can be overwhelming. For simple exchanges, there’s now an easier way. A Chrome browser extension called Minilock is offering a simple encryption option for people who want to make sure the files they send are safe.


Report: Israel Spied On John Kerry's Phone Calls During Peace Talks

Earlier today, Der Spiegel reported that Israel might have done a little cellular snooping on US Secretary of State John Kerry during his peace talks with Palestinians last year. Apparently, during the height of the peace talks, Kerry made several important phone calls using a normal telephone beamed via satellite — rookie mistake.


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.


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