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How Did Facebook Beat a Federal Wiretap Demand?

This is interesting: Facebook Inc. in 2018 beat back federal prosecutors seeking to wiretap its encrypted Messenger app. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to find out how. The entire proceeding was confidential,…

Ransomware Now Leaking Stolen Documents

Originally, ransomware didn't involve any data theft. Malware would encrypt the data on your computer, and demand a ransom for the encryption key. Now ransomware is increasingly involving both encryption and exfiltration. Brian Krebs wrote…

The EARN-IT Act

Prepare for another attack on encryption in the U.S. The EARN-IT Act purports to be about protecting children from predation, but it's really about forcing the tech companies to break their encryption schemes: The EARN…

Let’s Encrypt Vulnerability

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. "Unfortunately,…

Wi-Fi Chip Vulnerability

There's a vulnerability in Wi-Fi hardware that breaks the encryption: The vulnerability exists in Wi-Fi chips made by Cypress Semiconductor and Broadcom, the latter a chipmaker Cypress acquired in 2016. The affected devices include iPhones,…

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Tree Code

Artist Katie Holten has developed a tree code (basically, a font in trees), and New York City is using it to plant secret messages in parks. Read more: schneier.com

A New Clue for the Kryptos Sculpture

Jim Sanborn, who designed the Kryptos sculpture in a CIA courtyard, has released another clue to the still-unsolved part 4. I think he's getting tired of waiting. Did we mention Mr. Sanborn is 74? Holding…