privacy and security
Encryption Flaws Leave Millions of Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai Cars Vulnerable to Key Cloning

Millions of cars with radio-enabled keys made by Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia may be vulnerable to hijacking thanks to a flaw in their encryption implementation, Wired reported this week, citing the results of a KU Leuven in Belgium and University of Birmingham study. Read More >>

CIA Spied Using Sabotaged Encryption Equipment It Sold to Foreign Governments Since the 1970s

America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) spied on allies and enemies alike through a company they owned that made cryptography equipment, according to an explosive new report from the Washington Post and Germany’s ZDF news outlet. Read More >>

ProtonMail Just Launched a Calendar So You Can Encrypt Your 2020

ProtonMail – an email service that makes it ridiculously easy to encrypt communication – has now made it ridiculously easy to encrypt your schedule. Read More >>

WhatsApp Vulnerability Could Have Allowed Attackers to Hijack Phones Using Malicious GIFs

Fair warning: It’s time for users to update encrypted messaging service WhatsApp. Read More >>

US Antitrust Investigators Now Scrutinising Google’s Plans to Add DNS Encryption to Chrome

Antitrust investigators with the US House Judiciary Committee are looking into Google’s plans to add Domain Name System over Transport Layer Security (DNS over TLS) to its Chrome browser, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, in the latest escalation of scrutiny over the company’s business practices. The US Department of Justice has also heard complaints, a source told the paper. Read More >>

Report: UK and U.S. to Sign Treaty Forcing Platforms Like Facebook to Share Encrypted Chats With Police

The U.S. and UK governments are expected to sign a treaty in October that will force social media platforms based in either of the countries to “disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles and other serious criminals” to police in the other, according to The Times. Read More >>

quantum mechanics
You Won’t See Quantum Internet Coming

The quantum internet is coming sooner than you think – even sooner than quantum computing itself. When things change over, you might not even notice. But when they do, new rules will protect your data against attacks from computers that don’t even exist yet. Read More >>

Bizarre Sponsored Talk on ‘Time AI’ Encryption Tech Mocked at Black Hat Conference

Attendees at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, booed and ridiculed a sponsored talk on Thursday called “The 2019 Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does This Mean For Encryption?” that touted a bizarre technology called “Time AI”, Motherboard reported on Saturday, with the conference even going so far as to delete material on the talk from its website. Read More >>

Our Dipshit Government is Going After Encrypted Messaging Apps Again

So as of last week we have a new Prime Minister, in the form of Boris Johnson. That means we also have a new government, because a big chunk of the last one resigned in protest over that laughing stock of a man being in charge of the country. But things aren't changing a whole lot. The Brexit situation is still at a standstill, nobody knows what's really going on, and the government still wants to undermine encryption for reasons that still show it doesn't understand a damn thing about technology. Read More >>

Bletchley Park Plans Cracked D-Day Comms Reenactment

A unique insight into the unfolding horror of D-Day from the perspective of the baddies will be offered by today's curators of Bletchley Park, who are planning to live-tweet the intercepted and cracked messages of the German command as realisation gradually dawned that the Allies were throwing everything and everyone at the Normandy coastline. Read More >>

Silicon Valley and the FBI Take Their Encryption Fight Behind Closed Doors

The encryption war is quiet now, but the murky back-and-forth between Silicon Valley and Washington, DC is far from over. Read More >>

GCHQ Wants To Add Spies To Your Chat Threads

Not everyone thinks the FaceTime messaging bug is a bad thing, apparently. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) quite fancies making a permanent feature that would do something similar, only for its benefit rather than your prankster mates'. Read More >>

Netflix Has Reportedly Signed a ‘Best Practices’ Code in India to Avoid State Censorship

Netflix and eight other streaming services including pending Disney acquisition Hotstar and Jio Cinema have signed a “code of best practices” stating they will voluntarily self-regulate their content in India, CNN Business reported on Friday. According to CNN, the agreement (posted to Indian tech site MediaNama) includes provisions targeting content that “disrespects the national emblem or national flag,” “intends to outrage religious sentiments,” or “encourages terrorism or other forms of violence against the State.” Read More >>

Australia Says G’Day To Backdoors in Encrypted Messages

The Australian government has been arguing for some time that it needs a backdoor into people's messages, including ones encrypted by services like WhatsApp, and now it looks like it's going to happen. Read More >>