Items Tagged with "Encryption"



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The Doghouse: Crypteto

September 30, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

The most important issue of any encryption product is the 'bit key strength'. To date the strongest known algorithm has a 448-bit key. Crypteto now offers a 49,152-bit key. This means that for every extra 1 bit increase that Crypteto has over its competition makes it 100% stronger. The security and privacy this offers is staggering.

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Breaking Vanish: A Story of Security Research in Action

September 29, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Today, seven colleagues and I released a new paper, "Defeating Vanish with Low-Cost Sybil Attacks Against Large DHTs". The paper's authors are Scott Wolchok (Michigan), Owen Hofmann (Texas), Nadia Heninger (Princeton), me, Alex Halderman (Michigan), Christopher Rossbach (Texas), Brent Waters (Texas), and Emmett Witchel (Texas).

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Heartland CEO: Credit Card Encryption Needed

September 15, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Grant Gross of IDG News Service reports that in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday, Heartland Payment Systems CEO Robert Carr was hit with a question about how the payment processor could have been breached for over one year and yet not detected it:

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Quantum Chip Helps Crack Code

September 15, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

An interesting article on using Quantum Computing to speed up cracking encryption code. Researchers in England have built a chip that uses quantum computing to aid in the factoring of large numbers.

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TJX settles banks’ lawsuit

September 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Associated Press reports that TJX has settled TJX said it has paid $525,000 to settle claims by some banks about costs they incurred as a result of the retailer’s massive data breach. Other banks — AmeriFirst Bank, HarborOne Credit Union, SELCO Community Cre...

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Three indicted for hacking Heartland, 7-Eleven, and Hannaford; Over 130 million credit and debit card numbers stolen

August 17, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

An indictment [pdf] was returned today against three individuals who are charged with being responsible for five corporate data breaches, including the single largest reported data breach in U.S. history, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr., along with Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal ...

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Heartland says breach has cost $32 million so far

August 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Heartland Payment Systems on Tuesday (Aug. 4) said it spent $32 million this year paying for costs related to the major data breach it disclosed in January, including $22.1 million to cover fines from key payment card brands and a settlement offer. Heartland did not say how the $22.1 million was split between the fines and the settlement offer, but it did provide clues.

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Feds at DefCon Alarmed After RFID’s Scanned

August 04, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Feds get a scare at DefCon when they learn of an RFID sniffing system in use by researchers at the conference. RFID has long been known to be sensitive to anonymous sniffing of embedded data in RFID chips, and new cheap tools may bring this tech to everyone.

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Another New AES Attack

July 30, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Over the past couple of months, there have been two (the second blogged about here) new cryptanalysis papers on AES. The attacks presented in the paper are not practical -- they're far too complex, they're related-key attacks, ...

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Extremely Sensitive US Secrets Found on P2P Networks

July 29, 2009 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

According to an article released by the Washington Post today, private firm, Tiversa, Inc, discovered extremely sensitive information on global P2P Networks.

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Heartland breach felt in Bermuda

July 23, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Hundreds of Bermudians may have been the victims of credit card fraud stemming from a US security breach in January.

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Laptop Security while Crossing Borders

July 15, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

In this post, Bruce Schneier discusses a possible (albeit tricky) method of travelling internationally with sensitive data and bypass existing and upcoming laws that may allow customs officials to demand your decryption key.

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Not So Smart Grid?

July 14, 2009 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

According to a security researcher, the so-called Smart Grid technology being rolled out accross the country as part of the stimulus bill, may be vulnerable to numerous attacks. According to the researcher, many of the commands that allow the power company to interact with the smart-meters at the user's house (for example) do not require authentication, have no encryption and are ripe fo...

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Hash Information Disclosure Via Collisions - The Hard Way

July 14, 2009 from: Rsnake's blog at ha.ckers.org

Every hashing algorithm has possible collisions once you allow a certain number of chars to be hashed. Let’s say you found out that “bob” and “sam” collided in whatever hashing algorithm. If you created an account on a web server with the password of “bob” and then later typed in the password of “sam” assuming no salts you would be able to get ...

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Gaze Tracking Software Protecting Privacy

July 14, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Chameleon uses gaze-tracking software and camera equipment to track an authorized reader's eyes to show only that one person the correct text. After a 15-second calibration period in which the software essentially "learns" the viewer's gaze patterns, anyone looking over that user's shoulder sees dummy text that randomly and constantly changes.

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