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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

The leak of a PGP-encrypted email between Ed Snowden's pet journalist Glenn Greenwald and a lawyer has created a bit of a fuss in crypto circles. Jesselyn Radack, a national security and human rights brief, ‪said an encrypted email sent by her to Greenwald was this week leaked by persons unknown to Cryptome, the long-running …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2014
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PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

A smartphone that tries to thwart eavesdroppers will be launched this summer by Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone and Silent Circle – the secure chat firm started by the inventors of PGP encryption. Dubbed Blackphone, and featured in the video above, the handset runs a hardened version of Android called PrivatOS that has …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jan 2014
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PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

ElcomSoft has built a utility that forages for encryption keys in snapshots of a PC's memory to decrypt PGP and TrueCrypt-protected data. Forensic Disk Decryptor attempts to unlock information stored in disks and volumes encrypted by BitLocker, PGP or TrueCrypt. The tool is designed for criminal investigators, IT security bods …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2012
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PGP founder's mobile privacy app goes live

Silent Circle, the secure mobile communications app backed by Phil Zimmermann, has gone live - offering protection from all but the most determined of government departments. Silent Circle comprises a handful of iOS/Android/PC apps facilitating secure phone calls, text messaging and video calling, with secure email promised soon …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2012
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PGP Zimmermann teams with Navy SEALs, SAS techies in London

Encryption guru Phil Zimmermann is going after security conscious users with his new venture Silent Circle, a security start-up offering ultra-secure VoIP and texting services. Silent Circle, which opened a UK office this week, charges a monthly subscription of $20 (£13) per month for a bundle of secure voice, text and video …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2012
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PGP founder, Navy SEALs uncloak encrypted comms biz

Phil Zimmermann and some of the original PGP team have joined up with former US Navy SEALs to build an encrypted communications platform that should be proof against any surveillance. The company, called Silent Circle, will launch later this year, when $20 a month will buy you encrypted email, text messages, phone calls, and …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2012
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CERN and MIT chaps' secure webmail stalled by stampede of users

A bunch of CERN alumni has taken time out of the weighty world of particle physics to take another shot at cracking the e-mail encryption nut. Their offering, Proton Mail, has gone into public beta, and proved so popular the group has had to suspend new registrations while it upgrades its servers. As a concept, encrypting e- …
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PGP buys tech to offer trusted ID from the cloud

PGP Corporation has acquired privately-held TC TrustCenter and its US parent company, ChosenSecurity, as part of plans to offer trusted identity management services from the cloud. Terms of the transaction, announced Tuesday, were not disclosed. TC TrustCenter provides managed trust services for customers in the financial, car …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2010
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Symantec buys PGP and GuardianEdge too

Symantec has announced a surprise deal to buy both email and data encryption firms PGP Corporation and GuardianEdge Technologies for a combined total of $370m in cash. The security giant is paying $300m for PGP and $70m for GuardianEdge as part of deals announced on Thursday and expected to close in June. Both agreements are …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2010
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Anti-snoop Android 'Blackphone' sees the light of day

The “Blackphone”, a super-secure Android handset promised to arrive in late June has just made its deadline, with the announcement that the first batch started to ship on the last day of the month. The handset is the brainchild of Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone and Silent Circle, a secure communications firm founded by …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2014
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PGP email marketing gaffe creates message storm

PGP irritated its security conscious customers on Tuesday by making the schoolboy error of sending out an email marketing message to a list of around 300 recipients without using the bcc field. As a result of the slip-up, all the recipients of the marketing email (extract below) learned the email addresses of other potential …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2009
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ElcomSoft poster provokes PGP apoplexy

A row broke out at the Infosec conference on Tuesday after PGP objected to the content of a poster on password recovery firm ElcomSoft's stand, and lodged an objection with conference organisers Reed Exhibitions. The offending poster, which said "the only way to break into PGP" (a reference to ElcomSoft's graphic card assisted …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2009
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PGP disk encrypt approved by MoD for military use

The UK MoD has certified PGP Corporation's whole disk encryption technology as suitable for use on British military computers. However, like most software-only solutions, it has been approved only for machines holding fairly low-level information. PGP Whole Disk Encryption had previously passed the UK government's baseline …
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2009
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PGP co-founder takes OS security job with Apple

Jon Callas, who as co-founder and chief technologist of PGP helped bring strong encryption to the masses, has taken a job with Apple working on operating-system security. His move around the beginning of the year was confirmed by two of his long-time friends and this brief bio, which says Callas remains on PGP's technical …
Dan Goodin, 22 Apr 2010
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IBM, PGP fill Bletchley Park's rattling tin

The campaign to save Bletchley Park from decay and disrepair is moving stateside. On Tuesday, a fundraising group organized by IBM and the cryptography firm PGP plan to launch a US campaign to raise awareness of the historical landmark and raise donations for its preservation. Bletchley Park was home to UK code-breaking …
Austin Modine, 08 Sep 2008
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PGP takes disk encryption management into the cloud

PGP is aiming to exploit concern about the security implications of lost laptops with the launch via its resellers of a managed service for the administration of whole disk encryption. Partners ANI Direct, Aurora Enterprises in the US and Gradian Systems in the UK will be the first to offer a pay-as-you-go laptop security …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2008
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MPs told PGP 'incompatible' with Parliament network

MPs have been told that although they are free to install PGP on their parliamentary machines the technology is not compatible with Parliament’s remote access software, making its use impractical. The curious response came from the House of Commons Commission via Lib Dem MP Nick Harvey in response to questions raised by Francis …
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2009

'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

For a man some perceive as an audacious libertarian who puts untraceable weapons into the hands of criminals, Cody Wilson is a surprisingly ordinary fellow, albeit one who gets quite animated about 3D-printed guns, Bitcoin and "crypto-anarchism". At an event organised by the Adam Smith Institute in London, the 26-year-old spoke …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Apr 2014

Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

The internet is full of daft things. Animated cat GIFs, stupid headlines, NSA spies, etc. But the online world isn't just fields of mindless dreck. For instance, you could always take a crack at the web's toughest crypto-puzzle: the ever-baffling Cicada 3301. Appearing each year since 2012, these strange series of challenges …
Chris Williams, 11 Jan 2014
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Silent Circle adds private email to hush-hush communications

Silent Circle, the private communications venture set up by the founders of PGP and two former US Navy SEALs, has added encrypted emails to its protected text and voice services. Silent Circle email Keeping comms quiet As expected, the new email application uses custom code developed by Phil Zimmermann, Jon Callas, and other …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2013
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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Brits on the UK cell network EE are reporting dodgy connections, delayed text messages and other problems tonight. Some users are unable to make calls even though they have a full signal strength showing on their mobiles. According to handy uptime monitoring website downdetector.co.uk, most of the complaints are coming in from …
Chris Williams, 19 Mar 2014
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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

We here at The Register recently got the chance to have a look at what appeared to be some most interesting confidential information, from within a large aerospace and defence contractor. We're most grateful for this. However the way the information came to us, combined with the circumstances of the case, is going to make it …
Lewis Page, 12 Jun 2013
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Silent Circle aims for email that's as secure as it gets

It's been 22 years since Phil Zimmerman, Jon Callas and the rest of the PGP crew brought encryption to the masses for free, and now the same team – augmented by backing from a couple of former Navy SEALs – has expanded into a new privacy concern that will launch an email service in a couple of weeks. Silent Circle came out of …
Iain Thomson, 06 Apr 2013

Lavabit, Silent Circle form Dark Mail Alliance to destroy email snooping

Two firms at the sharp end of privacy have joined forces to build an email system that provides end-to-end encryption that will hopefully prove impossible for service providers to eavesdrop and crack – even if forced to do so. "As founding partners of the Dark Mail Alliance, both Silent Circle and Lavabit will work to bring …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2013

PGP inventor to debut VoIP crypto

Phil Zimmerman, inventor of Pretty Good Privacy cryptography, will unveil a prototype of his new privacy software for net phone calls this week. Unlike PGP however, it doesn't use a PKI (public key infrastructure). It's based on the open source Shtoom VoIP client software, Zimmerman told CNET, and he hopes to have working …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2005
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PGP puts finger in network storage dyke

Encryption specialist PGP will plug a sizable hole in its line-up this week with the release of its networked storage product NetShare. PGP hopes the boom in companies sharing data centre resources will provide a fillip for NetShare. It'll work both ways, they reckon; commercial interests like intellectual property will be …
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Silent Circle shutters email service

Silent Circle, the company founded by former PGP wonks and Navy Seals and which offers very, very, secure communications, has decided to shutter its Silent Mail email service. The decision, announced in a blog post, comes on the same day that Lavabit, another secure email service, decided to close because it cannot guarantee …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2013
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PGP launches network storage crypto

PGP has added another layer to its encryption platform by launching NetShare, which scrambles data headed to and from networked storage. PGP says authorised users will be able to access their data from the desktop as normal, and IT administrators will no longer require the right to view files to maintain the network. The …
The Register breaking news

Secure phone app library vulnerable

Users of a number of telephone apps need to upgrade, with a security researcher publishing research identifying serious vulnerabilities in ZRTPCCP, a core security library. As ThreatPost notes, the compromised library counts PGP luminary Phil Zimmerman's SilentCircle secure comms application among its users. Researcher Mark …
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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

The launch of the privacy-focused Blackphone attracted plenty of attention at Mobile World Congress last week, but security experts are already warning privacy-conscious potential users not to get too carried away. The technology has limitations and even its developers acknowledge it is not "NSA-proof". Blackphone is scheduled …
John Leyden, 03 Mar 2014
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PGP unfazed by MS disk encryption

PGP says the whole disk encryption kit Microsoft will bundle with Vista is no threat to its position as the first port of call for forgetful laptop luggers. At its InfoSec press briefing, Microsoft was pushing its BitLocker software as peace of mind for firms wanting to sling old HDDs. In contrast, PGP marketing manager Jamie …
The Register breaking news

PGP to integrate anti-virus defences

PGP Corporation and Symantec are to integrate encryption and anti-virus technology. PGP Universal will incorporate Symantec's AntiVirus Scan Engine to thwart attempts to smuggle viruses into corporates via encrypted email. Traditionally, AV and encryption have not been particularly complementary. AV scanners should check …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2004
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PGP goes the whole hog of encryption

PGP Corporation has launched a radical overhaul of its PGP desktop security suite aimed at making its products more comprehensive and easier to use. PGP Desktop 9.0, released Monday 9 May, features "automatic operation so email, instant messaging (IM), whole disk, and file encryption are secure without user interaction or …
John Leyden, 09 May 2005
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NSA-proof email encryption? Cobblers, sniff German hackers

German hackers have poured scorn on Deutsche Telekom's plan to offer "secure email", describing it as little more than a marketing gimmick. Deutsche Telekom and partner United Internet are rolling out SSL-encrypted connections between users’ computers and the companies' mail servers as part of the “Email made in Germany” offer …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2013
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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

The TrueCrypt project abruptly imploded on Wednesday – leaving folks in the infosec world scratching heads and scrambling to recommend alternatives. In the past hour, crypto-guru Bruce Schneier has told us he's switched back to Symantec's PGPDisk to encrypt his data. "I have no idea what's going on with TrueCrypt," he added on …
John Leyden, 29 May 2014

Lavabit founder: Feds ORDERED email providers to stay open

Lavabit's founder has claimed other secure webmail providers who threatened to shut themselves down in the wake of the NSA spying revelations had received court orders forcing them to stay up. Ladar Levison made the claim during a recent Reddit AMA (ask-me-anything) Q&A chat without going into details about the alleged strong- …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2013
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PayPal 'n' Google's FIDO drops 'simpler, stronger' secure login spec

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has marked its first anniversary with the publication of specifications for technology it hopes will simplify authentication and reduce password headaches. FIDO, which is backed by industry heavyweights such as PayPal, Google and Mastercard, is working hard to address the problems that …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2014
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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

Heavyweights of the cryptographic world have lined up behind a campaign against proposed US wiretapping laws that could require IT vendors to place new backdoors in digital communications services. Technical details are vague at present, but the planned law could mandate putting wiretap capabilities in endpoints to cover …
John Leyden, 21 May 2013
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The secure mail dilemma: If it's useable, it's probably insecure

The sudden closure of two secure email services may cause many privacy-conscious people to begin looking for alternatives. However, security experts warn that any service provider may be put under pressure to comply with authorities, and this might kill off secure mail as we know it. Lavabit's Levison: No more palaver, I'm …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2013
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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

Attempts to use a mixed-up font that makes machine reading more difficult in order to foil NSA snoopers or hackers are almost certain to fail, according to privacy experts. Sang Mun, a former South Korean Army man who worked in liaison with the US National Security Agency (NSA) during his service, spent a year creating the ZXX …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
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Whatever happened to PGP?

PGP is often thought of as an encryption system, but your private key is a digital signature that can prove who your message comes from, as well as showing that it hasn’t been tampered with. The reason a Public Key Infrastructure doesn’t look like a widespread identity system is that it needs a web of trust; if somebody you …
Mary Branscombe, 21 May 2006

Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

A security startup founded by a former NSA bod has launched an encrypted email and privacy service, aimed initially at ordinary folks. The ongoing revelations of PRISM and other US-led internet dragnets, fueled by leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden, may render the premise of upstart Virtru laughable. However, that would be …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2014
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Drugs e-souk Silk Road back from the dead with new Dread Pirate Roberts

Barely a month after the FBI shuttered the first Silk Road online black market, the secretive souk is back with another "Dread Pirate Roberts" (DPR) at the helm – and the operator has added PGP encryption for good measure. "Over the last four weeks, we have implemented a complete security overhaul. This overhaul marks the dawn …
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2013
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Zimmermann calls for NAI to free PGP

Phil Zimmermann is calling on Network Associates to open source portions of the PGP encryption program he sold to the security giant in 1997. The suggestion from the author of PGP comes as NAI continues to search for a buyer for the popular desktop encryption program, having decided to cease development work on the product as …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2002
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How Dark Mail Alliance hopes to roll out virtually NSA-proof email next year

The Dark Mail Alliance has revealed more details of plans to build a secure, encrypted email system that's surveillance-proof, provided the user's machine isn’t already pwned. Jon Callas, CTO of Silent Circle and cofounder of the Dark Mail Alliance, told The Register that the idea for the service came when he met up with Ladar …
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2013
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PGP is back!

Phil Zimmermann's PGP is back in the hands of an independent company, after Network Associates agreed to sell the technology it mothballed back in March to a start-up specially created to market PGP. Jon Callas, the former PGP chief scientist, becomes the CTO of the new company, PGP Corporation. Will Price, former Director of …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2002
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You want to put 3D gun designs on the web? You'll need a 2D printer

Much fun has been had over the Liberator, the 3D printed plastic gun. Our editor - a man who knows about such things - here at El Reg has pronounced it a piece of crap. Innumerable people have declared that it's either the end of civilisation as we know it or proof perfect that the Commie statists will never win. My own …
Tim Worstall, 14 May 2013
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PGP creator: Net is like 'downtown Bagdad'

PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), the encryption software package created by privacy advocate Phil Zimmermann, celebrated its fifteenth birthday last week. Developed to help human rights activists to communicate safely via the net, Zimmermann’s software is deployed by more than 35,000 businesses and millions of individuals. In the …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2006
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PGP Vuln exposed by Outlook plug-In

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence One the most important secure email standards used to encrypt messages could be vulnerable to attack through a plug-in used by the Microsoft Outlook email suite. It is claimed that certain commercial and freeware products supplied by Network Associates Inc that use the Pretty Good …
ComputerWire, 15 Jul 2002
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PGP app yields remote root on Windows

A curious flaw in a PGP application's handling of file names could allow an attacker to own a remote Windows machine with a malicious, encrypted archive. File names over 200 characters in length will cause a buffer overflow, which, if exploited properly, could allow running arbitrary code on the target machine. A typical …
Thomas C Greene, 06 Sep 2002