A flaw in the way WannaCry operates has allowed a couple of researchers to create decryptors for those affected by the ransomware. That said, these solutions only work for some versions of Windows.
Ransomware has become infamous for asking those who fall victim to cough up cash to release their data. Now, a new one has sprung up that doesn't ask for money but makes you play a video game.
The porn sites have now defaulted to HTTPS encryption following the US Congress' vote to overturn the previous privacy rule that prohibited Internet Service Providers from selling users' information.
After being accused by a British newspaper of "refusing the Home Secretary's demand for more help on terror", a statement from Microsoft pointed out that it swiftly assisted authorities last week.
As tech firms are called upon to do more to help security and intelligence services to combat terrorism, Microsoft's Brad Smith says that there must be limits, in order to respect individual privacy.
In an aim to strengthen cybersecurity, Seagate has announced a partnership with Fornetix to bring new data encryption capabilities to its Government Solutions lineup of HDDs and SSDs.
The PC is interesting again, and although Intel no longer plays the most important role in the story, it certainly brings enough to the table to enable manufacturers to come up with creative designs.
To kick off the new year, Intel unveiled its new Core vPro CPUs, bringing the latest in performance to business users along with security technologies to help manage data security and authentication.
An infamous disk-wiping malware called KillDisk is now functioning as ransomware. It will demand a surprisingly steep amount of 222 bitcoins, or equal to almost $215,000 to unlock infected files.
ProtonMail, an easy to use encrypted email provider, says its user base has doubled since Donald Trump was elected President last week. The service was already popular with opponents of surveillance.
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A new strain of ransomware called CryPy has been discovered by researchers. Built in Python, the malware assigns a unique key for every file it encrypts, making it harder to have the files decrypted.
Apple's iOS 10 may be an outlier when it comes to improved security. Researchers are saying Apple took a big step backwards with the way it hashes backup passwords. Apple says it will fix the issue.
London's top cop explained he'd want a system that allowed law enforcement officers to remotely take over and stop a car if it was deemed necessary. The idea was part of a wider conversation on IT.
Elephone, a company known for making smartphones, has detailed plans for making a biometrically encrypted USB flash drive that uses an integrated fingerprint reader to encrypt and decrypt the drive.
According to a new report that polled over 500 IT heads at companies in different countries, ransomware infections are becoming more and more of a problem, especially for companies in the UK.
Government-linked hackers have targeted Iranian journalists, activists and other people, breaching Telegram accounts and absconding with 15 million phone numbers and IDs belonging to Iranian citizens.
The EU's Data Protection Supervisor has come out strongly in favor of safeguards for user privacy. This is in stark contrast to many institutions calling for backdoors and weak encryption.
The UK government has finally admitted that the wide-ranging powers over the digital world given to it by the Snooper's Charter would allow it to force companies into banning strong encryption.
Traditional ransomware encrypts user data and ransoms it for money. But a new strain of malicious software does away with the encryption bit and just deletes users' files even if they pay.
Facebook has released a new feature for its Messenger platform called 'Secret Conversations.' It offers end-to-end encryption messaging, for conversations with sensitive topics.
A security researcher has found an exploit-chain that can be used on Android devices with Qualcomm chips to break into the device's disk encryption. This exposes all of the user's data.
Mozilla, with the help of TODO, has released a new game called Codemoji which aims to introduce the idea of encryption to a wider audience by using emoji cyphers, and sharing emoji encoded messages.
Apple recently released a preview of iOS 10, in which the company left the OS kernel unencrypted, a move that could aid security researchers to find and report critical security vulnerabilities.
The Russian government wants to fine companies that don't decrypt their users' data when the authorities ask them to. Facebook Messenger, Telegram and WhatsApp are among those targeted.
Microsoft has discovered a new type of ransomware that not only encrypts an innocent user's computer files, but also takes the time to reproduce itself through removable drives and network drives.
An alleged changelog for the upcoming version of the iOS Facebook app shows end-to-end encryption is on the way in the near future, possibly as soon as the next app update, among other changes.
Google's brand new Allo app has received heavy criticism for not including end-to-end encryption by default. But there's hope, as one engineer inside the company is still fighting for that feature.
Microsoft says "all new devices and computers", including phones, that ship with "all SKUs" of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update must have Trusted Platform Module 2.0 support "enabled by default".
Let's Encrypt, the project aimed at securing connections to websites, has hit the three million mark with regards to the number of issued certificates. It left its beta phase less than a month ago.
User feedback platform UserVoice - used by the likes of Twitch, Microsoft, and many others - says it was hacked last month, and that weak encryption means "attackers may be able to decrypt passwords".
The number of people accessing popular social networking website Facebook via internet anonymity program Tor has significantly increased, with the company recording over a million logins over 30 days.
Four major technology coalitions, representing the biggest companies in the business, have written an open letter to the Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the current push to end encryption.
Apple has responded to the government's persistent request to extract data from an iPhone that was used by an accused drug dealer in New York. The firm claims the FBI hasn't exhausted all options.
WordPress.com, the paid side of WordPress, has started to utilize the Let's Encrypt project to enable HTTPS for all of the websites with custom domains that are hosted on the service.
A new bill is being drafted that would compel companies to hand over data when a judge orders them to. If the data in question is encrypted, the company would be compelled to assist in decrypting it.
The war between Apple and US law enforcement is far from over. In a case where the judge had already decided that Apple could not be compelled to unlock an iPhone, the FBI is appealing.
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The FBI has asked to have their hearing with Apple tomorrow cancelled, as they believe that they may have another method to unlock the iPhone that was used by the San Bernardino shooter.
A new proposal has been submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force. It aims to secure email by sending messages over a secure connection. The proposal has support from tech firms such as Google.
Researchers have discovered a way to break Apple's iMessage encryption and probe the device for the unlock key. With this, they got access to iCloud files sent through the iMessage platform.
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While encryption has been troubling the US government in its case against Apple recently, more tech companies are reportedly working on expanding it to more services that deal with user data.
John Oliver chose the Apple vs FBI encryption battle as his topic for the latest Last Week Tonight. He discusses what's going on as well as the implications of it. Read on to watch the full video.
The latest update to the San Bernardino case suggests that law enforcement may be able to compel Apple into providing access to the iOS source code or the tech giant's private signature.
Users of Amazon's line of Fire tablets are finding that encryption is no longer supported on their device after the latest Fire OS update. Fire OS 5 shipped on the latest line of Fire devices.
In an escalating battle with Brazilian authorities, a Facebook Latin American VP was arrested following WhatsApp's non-compliance with demands for user data as part of a criminal investigation.
Following endorsements from several other companies in the tech world, Microsoft is now also publicly backing Apple in its fight against the FBI over access to the San Bernadino killer's phone.
Despite most of the tech industry's support for Apple in its case against the FBI, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates argued in a recent interview that Apple should comply with the agency's demands.
Apple's tough stance on upholding the privacy of customer data appears to have been an exception to the rule, as the company repeatedly complied with the U.S. federal government for past requests.