The Heartbleed Vulnerability in English

By now, you've probably heard of a serious vulnerability (called "Heartbleed") that has the security community and the news whipped up into a frenzy. There's plenty of advanced and detailed technical information available - as well as information condensed down to publicly-digestable bites spread via the media that perhaps doesn't…

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Snowden To The Left Of Me, The NSA To The Right, Here I Am, Stuck In The Middle.. With You?

Ever since Edward Snowden began disclosing secret NSA monitoring programs to the public, there has been a very divided reaction from all corners of the globe. Some sing Snowden's praises for revealing the actions of what they describe as an agency run amok, violating the law under the…

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DUAL_EC_DRBG Backdoors And Why You Should Care

It is looking more and more likely pretty damned obvious that the NSA managed to get a weakness introduced into a widely used random number generating algorithm standard (DUALECDRBG) that was approved for use by NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) for US Government use. Such standards are…

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On The Vulnerability Of TouchID

There has been a lot of media attention given to the teams of researchers who claim to have "hacked" the TouchID fingerprint system that can be used to secure access to an Apple iPhone 5S.    However, these researchers had two unfair advantages:  They knew which finger to use, and they…

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