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Police Just Found Phone & USB Stick Belonging To Paris Suicide Bomber, After Misplacing It For Almost Two Years | Techdirt
Remember how, right after the Paris bombings, people started blaming encryption for the attacks, despite the fact it was later revealed that most of the planning was done in the open and communication occurred via unencrypted SMS messages? As we noted, it seemed pretty clear that the bombings were an intelligence and law enforcement failure rather than an encryption problem.

Now, just to add more evidence to that conclusion in the most ridiculous way possible, apparently Brussels police just found a mobile phone and USB stick that had belonged to one of the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks, Brahim Abdeslam. The police had seized the phone and USB stick during a drug raid back in February of 2015... and promptly misplaced them entirely. They were found under a stack of papers.
crittografia  terrorismo  sorveglianza 
december 2016 by dp
The Cryptopals Crypto Challenges
Quick plug: set 8 is out. It's all about attacks on elliptic curves and GCM.

This set is huge. There's as much content as in any two or three other sets.

This set is tough. It's easily the toughest set so far. And there is some math. But it's fascinating stuff and (I hope) pretty approachable.

This set is OG cryptopals. That means we're (for now) distributing it via email. If you want to check it out, send a mail to with subject "Crazy Flamboyant for the Rap Enjoyment"
crittografia  esercizi 
november 2016 by dp
French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law • The Register
In the lead-up to the meeting and in subsequent public comments from the ministers, they both made repeated mention of the issue of data encryption, even calling out the app Telegram as an example of a problem they wish to find a solution to.
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve even went so far as to argue that the European Commission (EC) should draft a new law that would require companies to work with the authorities to decrypt secure communications on demand and help track down terrorist suspects.

This proposed law would "impose obligations on operators who show themselves to be non-cooperative, in particular when it comes to withdrawing illegal content or decrypting messages as part of an investigation," Cazeneuve said to reporters.

Predictably, those remarks have led to concerns that the European Union will pass new legislation that would effectively ban secure end-to-end-encryption, and hence outlaw the use of apps such as Whatsapp and Telegram.
privacy  crittografia  problemi  europa  buffoni  spunti  panorama  cwi 
august 2016 by nicoladagostino
French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data
In a joint press conference in Paris on Tuesday, the interior ministers of France and Germany called on the European Commission to enact laws that would give countries on-demand access to encrypted communications under some circumstances.
Exchanges via some apps "must be able, as part of court proceedings — and I stress this — to be identified and used as evidence by the investigation and magistrates services," said France's Bernard Cazeneuve, according to TechCrunch. […]
Cazeneuve and his counterpart, Thomas de Maizière, would like the European Commission to have laws enforcing the same rights and obligations for internet services and telecoms operators across Europe, even if they're not headquartered in the European Union. The ministers want their proposals discussed at a September Commission meeting.
buffoni  europa  privacy  crittografia  germania  francia  spunti  cwi  panorama 
august 2016 by nicoladagostino
One of the FBI’s Major Claims in the iPhone Case Is Fraudulent | American Civil Liberties Union
If this generally useful security feature is actually no threat to the FBI, why is it painting it in such a scary light that some commentators have even called it a “doomsday mechanism”? The FBI wants us to think that this case is about a single phone, used by a terrorist. But it's a power grab: law enforcement has dozens of other cases where they would love to be able to compel software and hardware providers to build, provide, and vouch for deliberately weakened code. The FBI wants to weaken the ecosystem we all depend on for maintenance of our all-too-vulnerable devices. If they win, future software updates will present users with a troubling dilemma. When we're asked to install a software update, we won’t know whether it was compelled by a government agency (foreign or domestic), or whether it truly represents the best engineering our chosen platform has to offer.

In short, they're asking the public to grant them significant new powers that could put all of our communications infrastructure at risk, and to trust them to not misuse these powers. But they're deliberately misleading the public (and the judiciary) to try to gain these powers. This is not how a trustworthy agency operates. We should not be fooled.
fbi  apple  crittografia  iphone  diritti  usa  spunti  panorama 
march 2016 by nicoladagostino
Let's Encrypt reaches one million certificate encryption milestone | ZDNet
On Tuesday morning, the Let's Encrypt free Certificate Authority (CA), operated by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), said in a blog post that only three months and five days since launching a beta version of the service, one million webmasters have opted for the free Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates.

Supported by companies including EFF, Akamai and Mozilla, the Let's Encrypt project offers free, trusted Web certificates to increase the rates of encryption in domain communication and traffic.

Available automatically, the free certificates implement the TLS protocol and are configured with cross-signatures through an IdenTrust partnership to keep the certificates trustworthy.

Back in September, the CA issued its first certificate as part of the beta program. At the time, browsers had not added Let's Encrypt as a trusted authority, but the CA is now accepted by all major browsers, including Mozilla and Chrome.
crittografia  eff  mozilla  web  spunti  cwi  panorama 
march 2016 by nicoladagostino
Eddy Cue talks Apple’s battle with the FBI, says goal is always to protect citizens | 9to5Mac
"If we do not protect the phone, we will make a much, much worse. […]
In recent years, the government has lost more than five million fingerprints, employees of government itself. They have lost hundreds of millions of credit numbers, financial systems.This problem is happening more and more and more. And the only way we can protect ourselves is to make the phone more safe."
eddycue  fbi  apple  iphone  crittografia  spunti  panorama 
march 2016 by nicoladagostino
Cryptography Pioneers Win Turing Award - The New York Times
Mr. Diffie and Mr. Hellman have long been political activists. Mr. Hellman has focused on the threat that nuclear weapons pose to humanity, and he said in an interview he would use his share of the prize money to pursue work related to the nuclear threat. He said he also planned to write a new book with his wife on peace and sustainability.

Mr. Diffie, who has spent his career working on computer security at telecommunications firms and at the Silicon Valley pioneer Sun Microsystems, has been an outspoken advocate for the protection of personal privacy in the digital age.

He said in an interview that he plans to do more to document the history of the field he helped to create. “This will free me to spend more of my time on cryptographic history, which is urgent because the people are quickly dying off,” Mr. Diffie said.
crittografia  storia  personaggi  diritti  software 
march 2016 by nicoladagostino

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