It’s 2018, five years after Edward Snowden’s documents revealed the scope of US and allied mass surveillance; after a string of revelations about creepy private-sector cyber-arms-dealers who sell spying tools to stalkers, criminals, and autocratic governments, Google has proposed “Chat,” a new Android standard for instant messaging with no encryption and hence zero protectionRead More
Saleem Rashid is a 15 year old self-taught British programmer who discovered a fatal defect in the Ledger Nano S, an offline cryptocurrency wallet that is marketed as being “tamper-proof.”
After giving the company a suitable window to create a patch for the defect he’d identified, Rashid published his research.
The epidemic of cryptojacking malware isn’t merely an outgrowth of the incentive created by the cryptocurrency bubble — that’s just the motive, and the all-important the means and opportunity were provided by the same leaked NSA superweapon that powered last year’s Wannacry ransomware epidemic.
It all started when the Shadow Brokers dumped aRead More
In a new white paper, Consumers Union (publishers of Consumer Reports) looks at the “consumer stake in the encryption debate”: they note that governments want to ban working cryptography so that cops can spy on crooks, but the reprt does an excellent job enumerating all the applications for crypto beyond mere person to personRead More
Zerodium is a cyber-arms dealer that produces hacking tools for governments by buying up newly discovered defects in widely used systems, weaponizing them and then selling them to be used against criminals, activists, journalists and other targets of state surveillance.
In 2015, the company offered $1m in bounties for Iphone breaks. Now, it’sRead More