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  • Open Source Crypto TrueCrypt Disappears With Suspicious Cloud Of Mystery

    05/29/2014 8:05:00 PM PDT · by TChad · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/29/2014 | James Lyne
    Over the past 24 hours the website for TrueCrypt (a very widely used encryption solution) was updated with a rather unusually styled message stating that TrueCrypt is “considered harmful” and should not be used.
  • Mysterious announcement from Truecrypt declares the project insecure and dead

    05/29/2014 8:06:55 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 53 replies
    boing boing ^ | 5-29-14 | Cory Doctorow
    The abrupt announcement that the widely used, anonymously authored disk-encryption tool Truecrypt is insecure and will no longer be maintained shocked the crypto world--after all, this was the tool Edward Snowden himself lectured on at a Cryptoparty in Hawai'i. Cory Doctorow tries to make sense of it all.
  • Bletchley codebreaker dies aged 93

    03/27/2014 2:30:35 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 27th 2014 | Conal Urqhuart
    Raymond 'Jerry' Roberts was one of elite team who helped decode messages sent between Hitler and his high command. ne of the last of a team of wartime British codebreakers who deciphered Hitler's messages at Bletchley Park has died after a short illness. Raymond "Jerry" Roberts, 93, from Liphook in Hampshire, was part of a group that cracked the German high command's secret code. Roberts joined Bletchley Park as a German linguist and was among four founder members of the Testery section, named after its head Ralph Tester. Their target was a system known as Tunny, which carried messages between...
  • Bitcoin: The Sexiest Non-Solution Of All Time?

    01/08/2014 8:29:45 AM PST · by Errant · 14 replies
    Alt-Market.Com ^ | 8 January 2014 | Brandon Smith
    A few years back, at the end of 2009, I was approached on two separate occasions by people claiming to be “representatives” of a digital alternative currency format. I was, of course, intrigued by the initial proposal, being that I had been writing for some time on the concept of non-participation as a way to insulate average Americans from the dangers of our unstable fiat driven mainstream economy. Before that, I had already dealt with just about every currency alternative one could imagine; from paper scripts backed by goods, to scripts backed by time or labor, to gold and silver...
  • NSA seeks 'groundbreaking' spying powers, new leak reveals

    08/29/2013 1:39:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    cnet ^ | Aug 29, 2013 | Seth Rosenblatt by Seth Rosenblatt
    The US government's spying budget includes funds to invent new technologies "to defeat adversarial cryptography and exploit Internet traffic," leaked documents show. Among the NSA's annual budget of $52.6 billion are requests to bankroll "groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities" that can beat cryptography and mine regular Internet traffic, new documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post reveal. The document in question, the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Justification -- referred to as the "Black Budget" -- states on page 4: "...we are investing in groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities to defeat adversarial cryptography and exploit Internet traffic." Because of its mention in the...
  • Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet for Over Two Years

    05/06/2013 6:00:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet for Over Two Years A quantum internet capable of sending perfectly secure messages has been running at Los Alamos National Labs for the last two and a half years, say researchers One of the dreams for security experts is the creation of a quantum internet that allows perfectly secure communication based on the powerful laws of quantum mechanics.The basic idea here is that the act of measuring a quantum object, such as a photon, always changes it. So any attempt to eavesdrop on a quantum message cannot fail to leave telltale signs...
  • Wanted for one last mission: call for Bletchley Park codebreakers to crack the D-Day pigeon cipher

    11/23/2012 1:31:55 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 36 replies
    Daily Telegraph (London)_ ^ | Nov 23 2012 | Hannah Furness
    Historians from GCHQ are appealing for the veteran codebreakers of Bletchley Park to volunteer for one last act of service for their country: cracking the D-Day carrier pigeon cipher that has stumped Britain's finest minds. The coded message had been carefully filed in a small red capsule and attached to a carrier pigeon to be delivered 70 years ago. But instead of arriving safely at its destination, the unfortunate bird got stuck in a chimney en-route and lost. The message was found earlier this month by homeowner David Martin, who ripped out a fireplace to find the skeleton while renovating...
  • Remains Of World War II Military Pigeon Ignites Code Mystery (Bird Skeleton w/ Top Secret Code)

    11/05/2012 1:21:19 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    IO9 ^ | November 2, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    Remains Of World War II Military Pigeon Ignites Code Mystery Back in 1982, David Martin discovered the remains of a pigeon while renovating his chimney. Upon closer inspection he noticed that the dead bird had a red capsule attached to its leg, what has now been confirmed as a top secret message that was en route to an unknown location in Britain during World War II. Ignored for three decades, code experts are now trying to decrypt the secret message. Though rarely discussed, pigeons were widely used during the war as an old-school way to transmit messages. Among the benefits,...
  • 10-year-old problem in theoretical computer science falls

    07/31/2012 11:57:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | 7/31/12 | Larry Hardesty
    Interactive proofs — mathematical games that underlie much modern cryptography — work even if players try to use quantum information to cheat.Interactive proofs, which MIT researchers helped pioneer, have emerged as one of the major research topics in theoretical computer science. In the classic interactive proof, a questioner with limited computational power tries to extract reliable information from a computationally powerful but unreliable respondent. Interactive proofs are the basis of cryptographic systems now in wide use, but for computer scientists, they’re just as important for the insight they provide into the complexity of computational problems. Twenty years ago, researchers showed...
  • The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code

    03/25/2012 12:05:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 3+ views
    BBC ^ | 23 March 2012 | Gordon Corera
    A pair of rare Enigma machines used in the Spanish Civil War have been given to the head of GCHQ, Britain's communications intelligence agency. The machines - only recently discovered in Spain - fill in a missing chapter in the history of British code-breaking, paving the way for crucial successes in World War II. A row of senior Spanish military and intelligence officers stand upright in a line in front of a long elegant table in the country's Army Museum in Toledo. In front of them are two modest, slightly battered wooden boxes that are the subject of the day's...
  • Hide files within files for better data security (within executables)

    05/09/2011 12:16:03 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    Inderscience Publishers ^ | May 9, 2011 | Unknown
    Using executable program files to hide data with steganographySteganography is a form of security through obscurity in which information is hidden within an unusual medium. An artist might paint a coded message into a portrait, for instance, or an author embed words in the text. A traditional paper watermark is a well-known example of steganography in action. At first glance, there would appear to be nothing unusual about the work, but a recipient aware of the presence of the hidden message would be able to extract it easily. In the computer age, steganography has become more of a science than...
  • Abu Dhabi: An Emirati and former banker has created a secret code language he says is unbreakable

    06/12/2010 7:35:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 770+ views
    GulfNews ^ | June 12, 2010 | Samar Salama
    Abu Dhabi: An Emirati and former banker has created a secret code language he says is unbreakable. Mohammad Gaith Bin Mahah Al Mazroui is challenging skilled coders, hackers and cryptographers to break the encryption of his cipher. Al Mazroui said there might be only one known cipher to date that had proven to be unbreakable,. This was called the one-time pad, where every letter was transposed to another letter located a random distance away. But Al Mazroui said his cipher, which he called Abu Dhabi Code, was based on a group of symbols he said he designed himself. "Encryption takes...
  • The Boss Wants A Smartphone, Or Else

    01/12/2010 1:54:33 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 11, 2010
    A French firm has developed a cell phone cryptography technology strong enough to satisfy French government and NATO security standards. The president of France was pleased, and his subordinates were relieved, because their boss is an enthusiastic smart phone user. Smartphones are popular because they can do so much, particularly accessing the Internet. But wireless devices, especially cell phones, give military and government security officials a very bad feeling. Moreover, in the last few years, several prominent heads-of-state (including the current American president), who were avid smartphone users, came to power. They were all told by their security personnel that...
  • The Electronic Police State

    05/12/2009 7:47:14 AM PDT · by Sinschild · 8 replies · 699+ views
    Cryptohippie ^ | 5/10/2009 | Cryptohippie
    Most of us are aware that our governments monitor nearly every form of electronic communication. We are also aware of private companies doing the same. This strikes most of us as slightly troubling, but very few of us say or do much about it. There are two primary reasons for this: 1. We really don’t see how it is going to hurt us. Mass surveillance is certainly a new, odd, and perhaps an ominous thing, but we just don’t see a complete picture or a smoking gun. 2. We are constantly surrounded with messages that say, “Only crazy people complain...
  • Britain at War: Keeper of Secrets at Bletchley Park

    02/19/2009 1:30:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 533+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Stan Ingram
    In 1943 I was stationed at RAF Brize Norton, working as an electrician on Hen gist gliders among other aircraft. One morning I received a message at a dispersal point to report immediately to the Station Warrant Officer. Within hours I had cleared the Station and was on the train to participate in one of the best kept secrets of WWII. In 1943 a number of RAF electricians were interviewed for an unspecific task at an unspecific place and I was among those selected. Within a few weeks I joined a group of fellow electricians at RAF Church Green, where...
  • Quantum cryptography can go the distance

    08/27/2008 9:41:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 409+ views
    Nature News ^ | 27 August 2008 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Proof-of-concept system could lead to ultra-secure international communication. Entangled photons of light could help to create ultra-secure communication systems.Punhstock Physicists have built a communication network, secured by quantum cryptography, that could one day work on a global scale. Quantum cryptography scrambles data using the laws of quantum mechanics, relying on a concept known as entanglement to ensure absolutely security. Entanglement allows two particles to be quantum-mechanically connected even when they are physically separated. Although the specific condition of either particle cannot be precisely known, taking measurements of one will instantly tell you something about the other. The trick can't be...
  • Updike Reads The Lines in American Art (Fired WP reporter hides message to readers in last article)

    05/28/2008 4:22:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 402+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/28/08 | Linton Weeks
    Give novelist and sometime art critic John Updike credit. The 2008 National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecturer tried to answer the thorny question: "What is American about American art?"
  • Math Advance Threatens Computer Security

    01/04/2008 10:44:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies · 307+ views
    DISCOVER ^ | 12.28.2007 | Stephen Ornes
    An international team of mathematicians announced in May that they had factored a 307-digit number—a record for the largest factored number and a feat that suggests Internet security may be on its last legs. “Things are becoming less and less secure,” says Arjen Lenstra, a computer scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Switzerland, who organized the effort. Messages in cyberspace are encrypted with a random 1,024-bit number generated by multiplying two large primes together. But if hackers using factorization can break the number into its prime multipliers, they can intercept the message. Factorization currently takes too long to...
  • Math Calculation Errors Could Compromise Cryptographic Algorithms

    11/25/2007 11:50:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies · 91+ views
    Ministry of Tech ^ | November 20th 2007 | "Ryan"
    According to a warning from cryptographer Adi Shamir, the man behind the "S" in the widely used RSA encyrption algorithm, increasingly sophisticated computer chips could possibly lead to undetected bugs in calculations. This increases the risk that these bugs could be used to crack public key encryption algorithms. Not just PCs could be affected but cellphones and any other device with a computer chip could as well. The real danger is that once a vulnerability is found millions of PCs could be attacked simultaneously. This is not a new phenomenon, as other calculation bugs have been discovered, such as,...
  • Noise keeps spooks out of the loop (Developer claims it's better than quantum cryptography)

    05/26/2007 6:26:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 59 replies · 2,102+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 5/23/07 | D. Jason Palmer
    SPYING is big business, and avoiding being spied on an even bigger one. So imagine if someone came up with a simple, cheap way of encrypting messages that is almost impossible to hack into? American computer engineer Laszlo Kish at Texas A&M University in College Station claims to have done just that. He says the thermal properties of a simple wire can be exploited to create a secure communications channel, one that outperforms quantum cryptography keys. His cipher device, which he first proposed in 2005, exploits a property called thermal noise. Thermal noise is generated by the natural agitation of...
  • Chinese Professor Cracks Fifth Data Security Algorithm

    03/20/2007 5:59:42 PM PDT · by Tank-FL · 44 replies · 1,710+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Jan 11, 2007 | Central News Agency
    TAIPEI—Within four years, the U.S. government will cease to use SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm) for digital signatures, and convert to a new and more advanced "hash" algorithm, according to the article "Security Cracked!" from New Scientist . The reason for this change is that associate professor Wang Xiaoyun of Beijing's Tsinghua University and Shandong University of Technology, and her associates, have already cracked SHA-1. Wang also cracked MD5 (Message Digest 5), the hash algorithm most commonly used before SHA-1 became popular. Previous attacks on MD5 required over a million years of supercomputer time, but Wang and her research team obtained...
  • Enigma machine hits €40,000 (Working 1941 Enigma Machine from Munich)

    04/03/2006 12:26:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 315+ views
    The Register ^ | Monday 3rd April 2006 | John Oates
    The Enigma machine up for sale on eBay has reached €40,150, with seven hours still to go. The machine is being sold by an "eBay shop" in Munich which uses the online auction house to sell items for customers. A spokesman at the shop told us the machine had been brought in by a customer who got it from his grandfather. He said there had already been a lot of interest in the code making machine, but the seller was hoping for a price of at least €40,000. The auction ends at 8pm today. It has already attracted 47 bids....
  • Idling computers crack Nazi Enigma codes (Remaining unbroken codes below)

    03/02/2006 11:14:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 56 replies · 2,646+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | Sam Knight
    An amateur cryptologist's internet project is using idling computers to help crack three Nazi codes that eluded the Enigma codebreakers of the Second World War. Launched in January, the project has already broken one of the three messages, from a U-Boat commander forced to dive during an attack on November 25, 1942. The computers of 2,500 strangers are now whirring away, trying to decode the remaining two. You can volunteer your computer here.Stefan Krah, a German-born cryptologist from Utrecht, in the Netherlands, started the network in January after writing a programme that combined the brute force of connected computers with...
  • Great Britain: Boffins to crack al-Qaeda (Codebreaking effort launched, much like 'Enigma' of WW2)

    02/10/2006 9:18:12 PM PST · by Stoat · 38 replies · 996+ views
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006060947,00.html ^ | February 10, 2006 | GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
    Boffins to crack al-Qaeda Code breakers ... Bletchley Park     By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON GORDON Brown will use the brains that won World War Two to break al-Qaeda’s secret computer codes. The Chancellor will spend millions assembling a star chamber of eggheads — a new Bletchley Park — to defeat Muslim extremists. Mr Brown will reveal in a keynote speech in London on Monday: “I have found myself immersed in measures designed to cut off sources of terrorist finance. “This requires an operation using modern methods of forensic accounting as imaginative and pathbreaking as the Enigma codebreakers at Bletchley Park.”...
  • RSA-640 Factored

    11/09/2005 4:44:53 AM PST · by zeugma · 19 replies · 788+ views
    MathWorld News ^ | November 8, 2005 | Eric W. Weisstein
    RSA-640 Factored By Eric W. Weisstein November 8, 2005--A team at the German Federal Agency for Information Technology Security (BSI) recently announced the factorization of the 193-digit number 310 7418240490 0437213507 5003588856 7930037346 0228427275 4572016194 8823206440 5180815045 5634682967 1723286782 4379162728 3803341547 1073108501 9195485290 0733772482 2783525742 3864540146 9173660247 7652346609 known as RSA-640. The team responsible for this factorization is the same one that previously factored the 174-digit number known as RSA-576 (MathWorld headline news, December 5, 2003) and the 200-digit number known as RSA-200 (MathWorld headline news, May 10, 2005). RSA numbers are composite numbers having exactly two prime factors (i.e.,...
  • Interest soars in solving the CIA's 'Kryptos'

    07/06/2005 5:04:17 AM PDT · by Grig · 12 replies · 1,182+ views
    For 15 years, a sculpture known as Kryptos has stood in a courtyard inside the heavily guarded Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Its coded message, made up of thousands of letters on a copper scroll, has stumped code breakers for 15 years. And although it's been seven years since anyone has made any progress cracking it, there's been an explosion of renewed interest in Kryptos since writer Dan Brown hid references to it on the jacket of The Da Vinci Code -- one of the hottest books in North America. And that has made life interesting for Kryptos'...
  • Interest grows in solving cryptic CIA puzzle after link to Da Vinci Code

    06/11/2005 2:27:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies · 4,253+ views
    The Guardian | Saturday June 11, 2005 | Julian Borger
    It is one of the world's most baffling puzzles, the bane of professional cryptologists and amateur sleuths who have spent 15 years trying to solve it. But the race to find the secrets of Kryptos, a sculpture inside a courtyard at the CIA's heavily guarded headquarters in Langley, Virginia, may be reaching a climax. And interest has soared since Dan Brown hid references to Kryptos on the cover design for his bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, and suggested it might play a role in his next novel, The Solomon Key. The Kryptos sculpture incorporates a coded message made up...
  • SHA-1 Broken

    02/16/2005 7:47:15 AM PST · by zeugma · 74 replies · 1,719+ views
    Schneier Weblog ^ | 02-16-2005 | Bruce Schneier
    February 15, 2005 SHA-1 Broken SHA-1 has been broken. Not a reduced-round version. Not a simplified version. The real thing. The research team of Xiaoyun Wang, Yiqun Lisa Yin, and Hongbo Yu (mostly from Shandong University in China) have been quietly circulating a paper describing their results: collisions in the the full SHA-1 in 2**69 hash operations, much less than the brute-force attack of 2**80 operations based on the hash length. collisions in SHA-0 in 2**39 operations. collisions in 58-round SHA-1 in 2**33 operations. This attack builds on previous attacks on SHA-0 and SHA-1, and is a major, major cryptanalytic...
  • White House may make NSA the 'traffic cop' over U.S. computer networks

    02/14/2005 9:39:56 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 381+ views
    Associated Press | February 14, 2005 | TED BRIDIS
    The Bush administration is considering making the National Security Agency _ famous for eavesdropping and code breaking _ its "traffic cop" for ambitious plans to share homeland security information across government computer networks, a senior NSA official says. Such a decision would expand NSA's responsibility to help defend the complex network of data pipelines carrying warnings and other sensitive information. It would also require significantly more money for the ultra-secret spy agency. The NSA's director for information assurance, Daniel G. Wolf, was expected to outline his agency's potential role during a speech Wednesday at the RSA technology conference in...
  • Twisting The Light Away [Twisted Light]

    11/29/2004 4:39:07 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 52 replies · 3,153+ views
    New Scientist | June 12, 2004 | Stephen Battersby
    Twisting The Light Away New Scientist vol 182 issue 2451 12 June 2004, page 36 A novel trick with light has got physicists in a spin. Pitch your photon like a corkscrewing curveball and you can push bandwidth through the roof, flummox eavesdroppers and perhaps even talk to aliens. Stephen Battersby investigates IT DOESN'T look like much, just a plain box about half a metre long. Nonetheless, this is the prototype of something with seemingly magical properties. Fire a beam of its laser light at the dust sitting on your tabletop and the dust motes will begin to dance around...
  • Tracking Terror In Tangled Web

    08/17/2004 6:25:11 PM PDT · by JohnathanRGalt · 9 replies · 556+ views
    CBS Evening News ^ | Aug. 17, 2004 | Mark Phillips
      Tracking Terror In Tangled WebLONDON, Aug. 17, 2004  (Photo: CBS/AP) Using proxy servers continents away, terrorists can graft their sites anywhere. Accused terrorist Abu Hamza al Masri was caught in an Internet sting.  (Photo: CBS) (CBS) If the pen is mightier than the sword, the keyboard has become the new weapon in the war of terror, promoting it and fighting it. As CBS News Correspondent Mark Phillips reports, sometimes, the intent is simply propaganda. Sometimes, deeper in the net, hidden within other sites, is something more sinister: sites advocating violence, perhaps even providing instructions and commands. One site, which...
  • Student uncovers US military secrets

    05/16/2004 12:05:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies · 174+ views
    The Register ^ | Thursday 13th May 2004 | Lucy Sherriff
    An Irish graduate student has uncovered words blacked-out of declassified US military documents using nothing more than a dictionary and text analysis software.Claire Whelan, a computer science student at Dublin City University was given the problems by her PhD supervisor as a diversion. David Naccache, a cryptographer with Gemplus, challenged her to discover the words missing from two documents: one was a memo to George Bush, and another concerned military modifications to civilian helicopters.The process is quite straightforward, and according to Naccache, Whelan's success proves that merely blotting words out of declassified documents will not keep the contents secret.The first...
  • Networking Nation-States

    01/28/2004 11:34:43 AM PST · by ForegoneAlternative · 4 replies · 336+ views
    The National Interest ^ | Winter 2003/04, Posted On: 12/12/2003 | James C. Bennett
    The National Interest Issue Date: Winter 2003/04, Posted On: 12/12/2003 Networking Nation-States James C. Bennett The early 20th century was filled with predictions that the airplane, the automobile or the assembly line had made parliamentary democracy, market economies, jury trials and bills of rights irrelevant, obsolete and harmful. Today's scientific-technological revolutions (epitomized by space shuttles and the Internet) make the technologies of the early 20th century-its fabric-winged biplanes, Tin Lizzies and "Modern Times" gearwheel factories-look like quaint relics. Yet all of the "obsolete" institutions derided by the modernists of that day thrive and strengthen. The true surprise of the scientific revolutions ahead is...
  • The Evolution of a Cryptographer

    10/18/2003 2:06:14 PM PDT · by zeugma · 7 replies · 126+ views
    CSO Online ^ | September 2003 | No Byline
    The Evolution of a Cryptographer - CSO Magazine - September 2003 Bruce Schneier has more opinions than CSO has space to print them. To read his thoughts on cyberterrorism, national ID cards and secrecy, go to Print Links. Bruce Schneier, who literally wrote the book on cryptography, talks with Senior Editor Scott Berinato about his holistic view of security, both physical and technical. For a while, it seemed as if Bruce Schneier himself was encrypted. No one could decipher his whereabouts for an interview with CSO. This was unusual because Schneier, founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security, is usually...
  • Uncrackable beams of light (quantum cryptography)

    09/13/2003 8:50:16 AM PDT · by P.O.E. · 7 replies · 230+ views
    Economist ^ | 09/04/2003 | Staff
    Quantum cryptography—hailed by theoreticians as the ultimate of uncrackable codes—is finally going commercial IN THE 1992 film “Sneakers”, the ostensible research topic of one of the main characters was something called “setec astronomy”. This was an anagram of the words “too many secrets”. The research was supposed to be about developing a method for decoding all existing encryption codes. Well, if that were ever the case, it certainly isn't any more—thanks to a start-up in Somerville, Massachusetts, called MagiQ. MagiQ is in the final stages of testing a system for quantum cryptography, which it plans to release commercially within the...
  • 'Super-DMCA' Fears Suppress Security Research (Penalizing Our Brightest Minds Alert)

    04/16/2003 9:02:47 AM PDT · by Jay D. Dyson · 8 replies · 229+ views
    SecurityFocus / The Register ^ | 04/16/2003 | Kevin Poulsen
    'Super-DMCA' fears suppress security research By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus Posted: 14/04/2003 at 10:16 GMT Steganography and honeypot expert Niels Provos may risk four years in prison by completing his Ph.D., writes Kevin Poulsen, of SecurityFocus. A University of Michigan graduate student noted for his research into steganography and honeypots -- techniques for concealing messages and detecting hackers, respectively -- says he's been forced to move his research papers and software offshore and prohibit U.S. residents from accessing it, in response to a controversial new state law that makes it a felony to possess software capable of concealing the existence or...
  • Homeland Insecurity

    08/19/2002 2:07:05 PM PDT · by Credo · 12 replies · 954+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | September 2002 | Charles C. Mann
    The Atlantic Monthly | September 2002   Homeland Insecurity A top expert says America's approach to protecting itself will only make matters worse. Forget "foolproof" technology; we need systems designed to fail smartly  by Charles C. Mann   .....   To stop the rampant theft of expensive cars, manufacturers in the 1990s began to make ignitions very difficult to hot-wire. This reduced the likelihood that cars would be stolen from parking lots; but apparently contributed to the sudden appearance of a new and more dangerous crime, carjacking.  After a vote against management Vivendi Universal announced earlier this year that its...
  • To Parsy and all other Freeper Cryptographers

    06/09/2002 8:03:40 AM PDT · by Maceman · 13 replies · 155+ views
    Here's a fun cryptogram site for the best and brightest Freepers.