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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

Ten days ago IBM issued ”A Letter to Our Clients About Government Access to Data” that, as we reported, swore on all that is good and holy that it did not hand over data to the NSA and would never do such a thing. But the letter did not satisfy security commentator Bruce Schneier who's penned an open letter of his own to Big …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014
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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

RSA 2014 Bruce Schneier is the man who literally wrote the book on modern encryption, publishing Applied Cryptography in 1994, and for the past 20 years has been an important and sometimes outspoken voice in the security industry. He founded the firm Counterpane Internet Security (later sold to BT), and is also a board member of the …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2014

Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

RSA 2014 If you thought NSA snooping was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet: online criminals have also been watching and should soon be able to copy the agency's invasive surveillance tactics, according to security guru Bruce Schneier. "The NSA techniques give about a three to five year lead on what cyber-criminals will do," he told an …
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2014

Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

RSA 2014 Microsoft's isn't involved in mass spying or putting backdoors in its software, Redmond's VP of Trustworthy Computing Group Scott Charney told the RSA conference. Why? Because it's unethical and bad for business, he said. "We've not been concerned about the Snowden disclosures because we've been principled," he said. "We do …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014

Post-BT crypto guru Schneier gets new gig at startup

Famed cryptographer and security guru Bruce Schneier has moved on from his seven years at BT. Just one month later, he has accepted the role of CTO at incident response startup Co3 Systems. Schneier left BT last month following a seven-year association with the telco giant by mutual consent. Both parties were keen to stress …
John Leyden, 6 Jan 2014

NIST denies it weakened its encryption standard to please the NSA

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has vehemently denied accusations that it deliberately weakened encryption standards to help the NSA's monitoring activities. "We want to assure the IT cybersecurity community that the transparent, public process used to rigorously vet our standards is still in place …
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2013
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TSA agrees to review of perv scanner radiation risks

The US Transport Security Administration (TSA) has finally agreed to take another look at the potential side-effects of its backscatter Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanners, over a year after promising the Senate they'd be right on it. "Administrator Pistole has made a commitment to conduct the study and TSA is following …
Iain Thomson, 20 Dec 2012
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Stick punters' mugs on e-banking pages, that'll end fraud - Schneier

RSA Europe Cryptography guru Bruce Schneier called for more creative thinking and a broader perspective as a means to tackle security problems. For example, the music industry, faced with an explosion in online file-sharing, hired security pros to develop anti-piracy measures, such as digital rights management technology. But these …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2012
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Forget widgets, invest in staff say Black Hat alumni

Black Hat 2012 Five of the speakers at the original Black Hat conference in 1997 have been reunited at this year's session to discuss the next 15 years of security, and all agree that people are the key investment area, not gadgets. "The best return is on your employees," said Black Hat founder Jeff Moss. "I rely on people, not on a widget. …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2012
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Schneier spanks AV industry over Flame failures

Security guru Bruce Schneier has questioned some of the excuses coming from the antivirus industry as to why it is taking them so long to pick up advanced malware like Flame and Stuxnet. Schneier's scolding was inspired by a mea culpa published in Wired by F-Secure's top security man, Mikko Hypponen. He admitted that when …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2012
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TSA bars security guru from perv scanner testimony

Security expert Bruce Schneier was been banned at the last minute from testifying in front of congress on the efficacy – or otherwise – of the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) much-maligned perv scanners. Schneier is a long-time critic of the TSA's policies for screening travelers, and was formally invited to …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2012
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Government, business, military are internet security threats

RSA 2012 Usually the bête noire of the annual RSA conference is the criminal hacking community, but security guru Bruce Schneier asserts that government, business, and the military may well pose a bigger threat to security professionals. "The current risks to internet freedom, openness, and innovation don't come from the bad guys – …
Iain Thomson, 29 Feb 2012

Schneier: Teens and treaties - our cyber-war saviors

We can expect at least another 10 years of unbridled and irrational fear about the threat of cyber war before things calm down. That's according to security expert Bruce Schneier, who reckons it will be people's attitudes to the threat of hackers, terrorists and rogue nations that will grow up first, and essentially help make …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Nov 2011
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Schneier says he was 'probably wrong' on masked passwords

Security expert Bruce Schneier has said that he probably made a mistake when he backed a usability expert's plea to website operators to stop masking passwords as users type because it does not improve security and makes sites harder to use. Usability guru Jakob Nielsen said last month that sites should show most passwords in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 7 Jul 2009
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Crypto guru thinks outside the box with Cube attack

Senior cryptologist Adi Shamir is developing a new attack for rooting out potential weaknesses in encryption ciphers, dubbed the Cube Attack. Shamir, the S in RSA, explained at a talk at the Crypto2008 conference earlier this month that the attack methodology would succeed against cypher schemes providing that they can be …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2008
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Researchers show up deniable file system crypto leaks

Crytography researchers have demonstrated weaknesses in encryption technology used to create so-called deniable file systems (DFS). On-the-fly cryptography packages such as TruCrypt allow the creation of a hidden, encrypted volume (containing files and directories) on a hard disk. Users typically create Alice, a standard …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2008

Ransomware Trojan code break 'impractical'

Updated A cryptographic expert has questioned the practicality of a code breaking initiative geared to cracking the key used in the dangerous Gpcode-AK ransomware virus. Gpcode-AK encrypts content on compromised PCs using a 1024-bit RSA key. In response, Russian net security firm Kaspersky Labs launched an international code-breaking …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2008

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