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‘Unhackable’ encrypted flash drive eyeDisk is, as it happens, hackable

In security, nothing is “unhackable.” When it’s claimed, security researchers see nothing more than a challenge. Enter the latest findings from Pen Test Partners, a U.K.-based cybersecurity firm. Their latest project was ripping apart the “unhackable” eyeDisk, an allegedly secure USB flash drive that uses iris recognition to unlock and decrypt the device. In its ...

Why your CSO, not your CMO, should pitch your security startup

Whenever a security startup lands on my desk, I have one question: Who’s the chief security officer (CSO) and when can I get time with them? Having a chief security officer is as relevant today as a chief marketing officer (CMO) or chief re boss. Just as you need to make sure your offering looks ...

Mueller says use of encrypted messaging stalled some lines of inquiry

A single paragraph in the Mueller report out Thursday offers an interesting look into how the Special Counsel’s investigation came head-to-head with associates of President Trump who used encrypted and ephemeral messaging to hide their activities. From the report: Further, the Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated-including ...

New book looks inside Apple’s legal fight with the FBI

A new biography of Apple chief executive Tim Cook out this month describes the moment — and the deliberations — after the FBI issued an unprecedented legal order demanding Apple undermines the security of its flagship product. The new book, Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level by Leander Kahney, offers ...

Telegram adds ‘delete everywhere’ nuclear option — killing chat history

Telegram has added a feature that lets a user delete messages in one-to-one and/or group private chats, after the fact, and not only from their own inbox. The new ‘nuclear option’ delete feature allows a user to selectively delete their own messages and/or messages sent by any/all others in the chat. They don’t even have ...

UK’s Police Federation hit by ransomware

The U.K.’s Police Federation has confirmed it’s been hit by a cyberattack. The union-like organization, representing 119,000 police officers across the 43 forces in England and Wales, described the event as ransomware in a statement shared on Twitter. The ransomware attack hit computers at the federation’s Surrey headquarters on March 9, but was only revealed ...

Law enforcement needs to protect citizens and their data

Robert Anderson Contributor Robert Anderson served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He is currently an advisor at The Chertoff Group and the chief executive of Cyber Defense Labs. Over the past several years, the law enforcement community has grown increasingly concerned ...

Gearbest security lapse exposed millions of shopping orders

Gearbest, a Chinese online shopping giant, has exposed millions of user profiles and shopping orders, security researchers have found. Security researcher Noam Rotem found an Elasticsearch server leaking millions of records each week, including customer data, orders, and payment records. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to search the data. Gearbest ranks ...

Telegram gets 3M new signups during Facebook apps’ outage

Messaging platform Telegram claims to have had a surge in signups during a period of downtime for Facebook’s rival messaging services. In a message sent to his Telegram channel, founder Pavel Durov’s just wrote: “I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours.” It’s probably not a coincidence that ...

Mozilla launches its free, encrypted file sharing service, Firefox Send

Firefox Send, Mozilla’s free, encrypted file transfer service, is officially launching to the public today following its debut as a “Test Pilot” experiment back in August 2017. The service allows web users to share files up to 2.5 GB in size through the browser, while protecting them with end-to-end encryption and a link that automatically ...