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Cryptography experts cast doubt on AI's role in cybersecurity

A panel of esteemed cryptographers at RSA 2017 expressed doubt over artificial intelligence's applicability in the cybersecurity space, tossing cold water on what otherwise appeared to be a hot technology at the conference.

EFF rallies tech firms to defend user data before Trump inauguration

The EFF is rallying tech firms to unite to defend internet users before Donald Trump's inauguration.

You lose, Grinch: DeriaLock ransomware discovered on Christmas Eve, but researchers devise decryptors

A rapidly evolving ransomware family called DeriaLock made its ignominious debut over the 2016 holidays, but researchers quickly created decryptor software to rescue the files of those unlucky enough to receive this unwanted "gift."

More security firms join anti-ransomware initiative

As ransomware infections grow three-fold, a project that aims to help more people now offers decryption tools in multiple languages and for multiple types of ransomware.

2,100 veterans PII sent in unencrypted email

More than 2,100 veterans in Colorado and Kansas received an unpleasant alert just in time for Veterans Day.

Native Android SMS app not the best for security, report

A new analysis of SMS clients used on the Android OS determined that native text clients are less secure than third-party solutions.

Google Brain's neural networks develops AI encryption

A team of Google Brain researchers used neural networks to develop artificial intelligence-generated (AI) encryption of information processed by the networks.

Enterprises need a culture of cybersecurity, says PCI Security Standards Council

Building a culture of cybersecurity within enterprises is essential in today's fast-paced world of online transactions.

Backdoor threatens Diffie-Hillman encryption used in hundreds of millions of messages

Researchers have found a way to place backdoors in the cryptographic keys that protect websites, virtual private networks and internet servers.

FBI sought terrorist email in Yahoo sweep

To comply with a directive from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to dig through all of its customers' email, Yahoo customized an already existing technology intended to search for child porn and spam.

Crypt-oh no: Research paper ribs cybercriminals for not doing their homework on encryption

In their new white paper "Great Crypto Failures," Check Point Software Technologies researchers Ben Herzog and Yaniv Balmas poke fun of common malware encryption errors, and explain why some cybercriminals fail to master the art of encryption.

Facebook Messenger caught up to WhatApp security with opt-in encryption

Facebook Messenger quietly added the opt-in option to use encrypted messages in its latest update.

Multilingual ransomware Polyglot talks good game, but can't match CTB-Locker

A recently discovered ransomware program known as Polyglot tries very hard to imitate the menacing cryptor CTB-Locker, but ultimately falls short in its encryption strength and can be defeated, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Curtain closes on Ransomware Encryptor RaaS, but with master key

Those victims targeted over the past year by the ransomware as a service named Encryptor RaaS may be at a loss to ever recover their encrypted files.

Google reverses Allo policy, raising ire of privacy groups

The version of Allo that Google released on Wednesday will indefinitely store messages until they are manually deleted by the user.

Citrix sours on Sweet32 birthday attack, calls threat 'low-severity issue'

Citrix is advising customers not to fret over recent research stating that 64-bit block ciphers in cryptographic protocols are susceptible to a so-called birthday attack - noting that multiple difficult conditions must be met for such a technique to be effective.

Increasing use of encryption technology causes more cyber-attacks

An outcome of the growing use of encryption technology to keep network data safe is an increase in cyber-attacks.

Rival cyber-gang leaks private keys of Chimera ransomware

Creators of the rival Petya and Mischa ransomware programmes have leaked the private keys of Chimera ransomware.

Brazilian judge orders telecom companies to block WhatsApp

Brazilian Judge Daniel Barbosa's order threatened telecommunications companies Oi, Nextel, TIM and Vivo e Claro with fines of about $15,000 daily if they didn't block WhatsApp, which is used by 93 percent of Brazilians.

After Orlando massacre, Clinton pledges 'intelligence surge,' solicits tech orgs' help

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told a crowd in Cleveland that she would push tech companies to cooperate with government requests for help in tracking and identifying terrorists and foiling their plots.

SC Congress Atlanta: Apple right to rebuff FBI, encryption not foolproof, panel says

Apple did the right thing by rebuffing the FBI's attempt to get it to crack an iPhone 5c and tech companies that don't show similar backbone might find potential customers hesitant to purchase their products.

Apple, FBI, square off over encryption during House subcommittee hearing

Apple and the FBI squared off Tuesday before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

California nixes smartphone decryption bill

Lawmakers shot down California legislation seeking to coerce smartphone decryption by imposing a $2,500 penalty.

SXSW: Obama says gov't can't go 'willy-nilly' into iPhones

President Obama said he is "on the civil liberties side" when asked about the Apple vs. FBI rift.

Amazon will reinstate device encryption after removal from Fire OS 5

Amazon warned customers that it had disabled storage encryption on Fire OS version 5 tablets and Kindles.

Diffie and Hellman named winners of the ACM AM Turing Award

The RSA cryptographers' panel was the occasion Tuesday for the announcement of the winners of the annual ACM AM Turing Award.

Organizations moving data to cloud need encryption plan, study

Organizations may be transferring sensitive data to the cloud more frequently, but they still widely lack a consistently applied encryption strategy, with only one third claiming such an enterprise-wide plan, according to a recent study.

Encryption increasingly used to hide attacks, says new report

Dell's new threat report adds further evidence to support the observation that attackers are increasingly hiding activity within HTTPS.

TeslaCrypt encryption key storage algorithm flaw lets victims retrieve files

A flaw in TeslaCrypt's encryption key storage algorithm - since fixed in version 3.0 - lets the trojan's victims retrieve their files, according to a report in Bleepingcomputer.com.

Senator Burr, EFF's Cohn debate backdoors and encryption

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, went head to head over the weekend over the issue of encryption.