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In bid to achieve quantum encryption, China set to finish 2,000-kilometer 'quantum link'

In bid to achieve quantum encryption, China set to finish 2,000-kilometer 'quantum link' Now, China is nearing completion of another major facet in its push for a quantum phone at the capital building: a 2,000-kilometer fiber-optic line for ferrying quantum encryption keys.It’s the beginning of China’s roll-out of true quantum encryption technology.

New ransomware offers to restore your files for free - if you infect two friends

New ransomware offers to restore your files for free - if you infect two friends These pieces of malware encrypt your files and won’t unlock them unless you pay, but the new “Popcorn Time” ransomware offers an alternative: Just infect some friends and you get your files back free.If you can get two other people to install that file — thus encrypting their files — and pay the ransom, you get your files decrypted for free.

​Can you ever be truly anonymous online?

​Can you ever be truly anonymous online? That’s the word of NordVPN, who is offering some advice on how to enhance anonymity online.However, NordVPN says using cryptocurrency can help users stay anonymous to some extent.

This article about WhatsApp made security experts furious

This article about WhatsApp made security experts furious Last week, The Guardian published a bombshell "exclusive" report claiming to reveal disturbing information about a "backdoor" into WhatsApp's encrypted messaging platform.The article was met with near-immediate backlash from information security experts and cryptologists, who took to Twitter to voice their complaints.

Symantec caught once again improperly issuing illegitimate HTTPS certificates

Symantec caught once again improperly issuing illegitimate HTTPS certificates Roughly 16 months ago, Symantec was caught distributing improperly signed cryptographic certificates that could be used to break HTTPS protection and put users’ at risk.Now, the company has been caught once again doing something similar — even though such activity is directly against the agreements it made when caught breaking things last time.

Keep your texts private in Trump's America (and everywhere else, too)

Keep your texts private in Trump's America (and everywhere else, too) After Trump's election, there was a surge in downloads for Signal, a private messenger that works on smartphones.Sure, but I have yet to see one as proven and accepted in the infosec community as Signal," he added.

Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, will likely renew fight against strong encryption

Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, will likely renew fight against strong encryption But Apple’s staunch defense and widespread dissent in the court of public opinion led the bureau to back down.Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President Trump’s choice for attorney general, is unlikely to let that decision stand once he is confirmed — and he’s expected to be confirmed with strong Republican support.

Why isn't Trump using the self-destructing phone Obama had all the time?

Why isn't Trump using the self-destructing phone Obama had all the time? Over the past few days, some of the biggest questions about our national cybersecurity have centered on one device: President Donald Trump's phone.Shortly after he reportedly traded in his main Twitter machine, an old-model, unsecured Android phone, for a "secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service," the famously tech averse executive appeared to still be using the unsecured device.

Signal, Snowden's favorite private messenger, is testing a video call feature

Signal, Snowden's favorite private messenger, is testing a video call feature A beta version of the secure messaging platform is now available on Google Play, which includes an additional toggle for "video calling beta" when you go into settings.Any messages you send will be scrambled and can only be "unscrambled" by the intended recipient.

It's about time: Half of all websites are now encrypted

It's about time: Half of all websites are now encrypted About half of all websites are now encrypted using HTTPS, in a development the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) has labeled a significant milestone.The nonprofit EFF and other privacy advocates have been encouraging wider adoption of HTTPS for years but progress has been relatively slow.

explains: All about the dark web, and how to use it

explains: All about the dark web, and how to use it In fact, under the hood, the dark web is the same as the regular web, with two important exceptions that also distinguish the dark web from the deep web.That relative inaccessibility is because the dark web uses a complete, but fundamentally different, network addressing system than the web addresses most of us know and use.

How to protect your phone from border guards, and why it's probably a bad idea

How to protect your phone from border guards, and why it's probably a bad idea If the government wants your data, they're probably going to get it — one way or another.And of course, there are different considerations to be made if you're a U.

FBI director says 'there is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.' Welp.

FBI director says 'there is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.' Welp. There's no such thing as total privacy in the United States, but it's a vital part of being an American.That was the somewhat convoluted message from FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday as he spoke at a cybersecurity conference in Boston.

Wikileaks says they contacted Apple, Google and more about protection from the CIA

Wikileaks says they contacted Apple, Google and more about protection from the CIA The group tweeted on Tuesday that it had reached out to Microsoft, Google, Apple, Mozilla and "MicroTik" (we're assuming they meant MikroTik) to talk with those companies about protecting customers from the intrusions of CIA malware.The document dump is allegedly part one in a series to come.

Politician's baffling quote about hashtags gets the mocking it deserves

Politician's baffling quote about hashtags gets the mocking it deserves Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called for tech companies that provide "completely unacceptable" end-to-end encrypted messaging services to work with law enforcement.Rudd's interview with BBC's Andrew Marr Show came after reports that the Westminster Bridge attacker, Khalid Masood, had sent a WhatsApp message prior to the incident that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted.

U.K. targets Whatsapp encryption in the wake of Parliament attack

U.K. targets Whatsapp encryption in the wake of Parliament attack The attack, which took place on March 22 and saw many people injured and several killed, involved just one man, though many related arrests have been made since.However, the lone attacker was found to have used Whatsapp half an hour before the attack began, which has prompted the authorities’ increased scrutiny of the messaging application.

WhatsApp says it won't create an encryption backdoor, and that's a good thing

WhatsApp says it won't create an encryption backdoor, and that's a good thing Build a backdoor allowing government officials, and potentially nefarious actors, a future way in?But it's not like WhatsApp doesn't want to help.

How Microsoft helped British authorities after the London attack

How Microsoft helped British authorities after the London attack In a statement, the tech giant said it had received orders seeking email information related to the attack and it swiftly provided the information requested.“Our team responded in under 30 minutes last week to verify that the legal order was valid and provided law enforcement the information that was sought,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith.

Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs?

Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs? Now, everyone’s trying to find a way around this, and virtual private networks (VPNs) are the most popular means of doing so.quickly came back with a solution to get around your ISP tracking you: VPNs.

We’re shocked (shocked!) that White House staffers’ favorite secure messaging app is probably not that secure

We’re shocked (shocked!) that White House staffers’ favorite secure messaging app is probably not that secure That question is at the heart of a lawsuit alleging that a messaging app beloved by White House staff isn't as secure as it claims to be.The self-described "confidential messenger" app Confide, however, is trying.