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In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. Encryption does not of itself prevent interception, but denies the message content to the interceptor. In an encryption scheme, the intended communication information or message, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually uses a pseudo-random encryption key generated by an algorithm. It is in principle possible to decrypt the message without possessing the key, but, for a well-designed encryption scheme, large computational resources and skill are required. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients, but not to unauthorized interceptors.

Paper Spells Out Tech, Legal Options for Encryption Workarounds

Bruce Schneier and Orin Kerr have written a paper that explains the technological and legal issues associated with six encryption workarounds available to law...

Firefox gets complaint for labeling unencrypted login page insecure

Enlarge / Passwords help keep hackers like this out, but passwords are pretty terrible. (credit: TeachPrivacy) The operator of a website that accepts...

Cebit showcases security after Snowden

It's almost four years since Edward Snowden leaked U.S. National Security Agency documents revealing the extent of the organization's surveillance of global internet traffic,...

Google Cloud adds new customer-supplied encryption key partners

After encrypting data at the storage level for many years, Google is working on giving customers more choices for securing their information.

It’s time to turn on HTTPS: the benefits are well worth...

After Edward Snowden revealed that online communications were being collected en masse by some of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies, security experts called...

PetrWrap: the new Petya-based ransomware used in targeted attacks

This year we found a new family of ransomware used in targeted attacks against organizations.After penetrating an organization’s network the threat actors used the...

Sad fact of the day: Most people still don’t know how...

Greater transparency about snooping, tracking needed In light of the contrast between widely observed personal security routines such as locking the door at night...

FBI Chief Calls for United Fight Against Cybercrime

James Comey stresses the need to address encryption challenges faced by law enforcement.

Google tries to beat AWS at cloud security

Google knows that if enterprises are going to move their critical services to its cloud, then it has to offer something that AWS doesn’t.At...

Unfixed weaknesses in Confide stoke doubts about end-to-end crypto claims

Enlarge (credit: Confide) A pair of damning advisories independently published Wednesday raise serious questions about the security assurances of Confide, a messaging app...

FBI boss: ‘Memories are not absolutely private in America’

Comey blames Snowden for popularity of encryption FBI director James Comey has told a cybersecurity conference that any communications – be it with your...

Comey Talks Strong Crypto, Silent on WikiLeaks

FBI Director James Comey revived old rhetoric on strong encryption during a keynote at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security. He did not address...