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People Blaming Encryption For The Paris Attacks Are Looking Dumber Every Day 

Law enforcement officials are using the Paris attacks to argue that the government needs special access to crack encryption. It’s a bad argument, and it’s looking worse as more information comes out about how the attacks went down.

Blaming Encryption For Terrorist Attacks Is A Mistake 

We don’t know the specifics of how the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday were carried out. That hasn’t stopped the law enforcement community from shamelessly blaming encryption for helping terrorists, or from seizing the attack as an opportunity to defend surveillance.

Crypto Is For Everyone -- And American History Proves It

Over the last year, law enforcement officials around the world have been pressing hard on the notion that without a magical “backdoor” to access the content of any and all encrypted communications by ordinary people, they will be totally incapable of fulfilling their duties to investigate crime and protect the public. EFF and many others have pushed back — including launching a petition with our friends to SaveCrypto, which this week reached 100,000 signatures, forcing a response from President Obama.

Rare Nazi Enigma Machine Smashes Record At Auction

An exceptionally rare and fully-functional Nazi Enigma M4 enciphering machine used during the Second World War has sold for a whopping $US365,000, setting a new world record at auction.

Full-Disk Encryption Is Mandatory On Android 6.0 -- If The Device Can Cope

Google has a long-held ambition to make full-disk encryption mandatory on Android. It didn’t quite work for Lollipop — so it’s taking another stab with Marshmallow.

Your Self-Encrypting Hard Drive May Use Encryption That Really Sucks

Self-encrypting hard drives are a bright idea, allowing you to back up data safe in the knowledge that nobody else can sift through it. Unless, that is, the encryption system is easy to crack — which a new security study had found can be the case.

How To Protect Yourself From The NSA If You Use 1024-Bit DH Encryption

In a post last week, researchers Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger presented compelling research suggesting that the NSA has developed the capability to decrypt a large number of HTTPS, SSH, and VPN connections using an attack on common implementations of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm with 1024-bit primes. Earlier in the year, they were part of a research group that published (PDF) a study of the Logjam attack, which leveragedoverlooked and outdated code to enforce “export-grade” (downgraded, 512-bit) parameters for Diffie-Hellman.

By performing a cost analysis of the algorithm with stronger 1024-bit parameters and comparing that with what we know of the NSA “black budget” (and reading between the lines of several leaked documents about NSA interception capabilities) they concluded that it’s likely NSA has been breaking 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman for some time now.

SETI: Snowden Should Stick To Human Affairs And Let Us Figure Out How To Find Aliens

Edward Snowden may know a thing or two about encryption, but his remarks on encrypted alien signals aren’t sitting quite right with SETI. According to those in the business of searching for extraterrestrials, Snowden should probably keep his security advice limited to human affairs.

Edward Snowden: Advanced Encryption May Stop Us Communicating With Aliens

On Friday, Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomed Edward Snowden to his StarTalk podcast. Along with the usual conversations about privacy and government, Snowden had another important warning to provide: encryption may hurt our abilities to see, or be seen by, extraterrestrials.

Report: Apple Rejected Justice Department Demands For Encrypted iMessages

The fight between law enforcement and tech companies about encryption and privacy is getting nastier than ever.

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