Tag Archives: Security

Overturning Section 1201

Bunnie Huang, Matt Green, and the EFF are suing the U.S. Government over §1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That's the part of the act that prohibits bypassing software restrictions on copyrighted material. The original intent was to prevent … Continue reading

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That's Not a Password; THIS is a Password

Via Karl Voit: Nice password https://t.co/6ZQS8lt0JZ — cocoa:naut  (@TheCocoaNaut) July 19, 2016

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Malware and the iPhone

Say what you want about Apple and the iPhone but there's one remarkable fact about it that Graham Cluley points out: the iPhone has had no significant malware outbreaks. Sure there have been some minor incidents but almost all the … Continue reading

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Password DNA

Unix-ninja has an excellent analysis of a large database of passwords and other information with over 18.2 million records. The file is unique because the site used home-grown crypto to encrypt the passwords and it was easily reversed. That means … Continue reading

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Rolling Your Own Crypto

Via Jean-Philippe Paradis: when you roll your own crypto pic.twitter.com/nRdwPhGpeG — Martin Shelton (@mshelton) May 20, 2016 It made me laugh but it's all too true.

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A Checklist for Backdoor Proposals

The ludicrous and unworkable Burr-Feinstein bill appears dead, a victim of its “do magic somehow” prescriptions and a lack of support from the White House and intelligence agencies. Nonetheless, we can expect more of the same perhaps even from the … Continue reading

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High Entropy

And I'm pretty sure there would be no NSA backdoor. High-rate high-entropy RNG: ask the weather service "how much snow will there be in the next 24 hours". — Nick Mathewson (@nickm_tor) January 23, 2016

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Email Paranoia

If you're paranoid about the security of your email or if you occasionally have the need to send secure messages to someone, the grugq, a well known and frequent commenter on security matters has a very nice gist on securing … Continue reading

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Password Cracking Times

Over at Better Buys they have an interesting post on password cracking times. The post includes an interactive app that lets you estimate the cracking time for various passwords. They also include several examples that show how cracking time is … Continue reading

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Fingerprint Sensors Really Do Improve Security

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a ProgrammableWeb article positing that biometric sensors decrease security. I made the case that unless you were a criminal with incriminating information on your phone, that was incorrect. I went on to … Continue reading

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