Articles by: Paul
I'm an experienced writer, reporter and industry analyst with a decade of experience covering IT security, cyber security and hacking, and a fascination with the fast-emerging "Internet of Things."

Sabotaging Encryption Software – The Perfect Crime?

February 27, 2015 11:110 comments
A paper co-authored by Bruce Schneier noting various methods for subverting cryptographic protections - the better to prevent back doors like those used by the NSA.

  In-brief: A report from Bruce Schneier and researchers at the Universities of Wisconsin and Washington surveys the (many) ways that cryptographic protections can be weakened or subverted, and calls for research on fool-proof technologies.  Like this:Like Loading…

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EFF: SSL Records Show Superfish Attacks in the Wild

February 26, 2015 11:030 comments
EFF researchers say they have evidence of man in the middle attacks in the wild that use the same technology as the Superfish adware used by Lenovo.

  In-brief: The Electronic Frontier Foundation warned that it has evidence of man-in-the-middle attacks that take advantage of the same encryption-busting technology that Lenovo and Superfish implanted on consumer laptops. Like this:Like Loading…

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Doctorow: Fearing an Internet of Things That Do As They’re Told

February 25, 2015 15:020 comments
Doctorow: Fearing an Internet of Things That Do As They’re Told

In-brief: In an essay for O’Reilly Radar, Cory Doctorow argues that remote management features that allow carriers to disable mobile phones are a mistake – taking technology owners’ autonomy and control over their data away in the name of preventing muggings and other crimes.  Like this:Like Loading…

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Verizon: 5 Billion Business IoT Connections by 2020

February 24, 2015 09:460 comments
Verizon: 5 Billion Business IoT Connections by 2020

    In-brief: A report by Verizon finds business adoption of IoT is growing quickly, boosting that company’s Internet of Things numbers. But increased business adoption of IoT brings risks to privacy and security. Like this:Like Loading…

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Update: Superfish is the Real End of SSL

February 23, 2015 12:010 comments
Update: Superfish is the Real End of SSL

In-brief: Outrage over Lenovo’s promotion of privacy busting adware continued to grow amid lawsuits and more spying revelations. The big question: is this the final – final straw for the beleaguered Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology?  (Updated to add comment from Kevin Bocek of Venafi.) Like this:Like Loading…

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