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Australia passes law forcing tech giants to circumvent encryption on target devices

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Australia’s parliament on Thursday passed groundbreaking legislation that instructs tech developers to help law enforcement investigations by intercepting the encrypted communications of suspects’ devices. Known as the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, the law contains language requiring companies in some cases to build new capabilities to decrypt protected communications if…

Winnti trojan may help set stage for Skeleton Key attacks, analysts say

Encryption flaws in solid state drives enable unauthorized data access

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Researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands yesterday disclosed a pair of vulnerabilities in the hardware full-disk encryption mechanisms of self-encrypting solid state drives (SSDs) from Samsung and Crucial. The flaws are present in both internal and external storage devices from these manufacturers, and even affect Microsoft Windows environments that use BitLocker for full-disk…

Pair of surveys underscore importance of secure PKI in government, IoT

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Both the federal government and Internet of Things manufacturers are facing key challenges and opportunities in regards to implementing secure Public Key Infrastructure practices for digital certificate management and encryption, according to a pair of newly published research reports. The first report, from machine identity protection company Venafi, reveals data compiled from a survey of 100 federal…

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