encryption

  • Quasar IV Encrypted Ninja Smartphone Goes Into Production, Despite Indiegogo Failure

    Quasar IV Encrypted Ninja Smartphone Goes Into Production, Despite Indiegogo Failure

    One of the more ambitious and interesting hardware projects on a crowdfunding platform recently has to be the Quasar IV, a smartphone designed entirely around security, encryption and identity protection. QSAlpha’s Quasar IV uses authentication tech called Quatrix, and a hybrid Android/Linux and Quatrix mobile OS called QuaOS to make sure communications in and out of the phone are protected. Read More

  • Lockbox Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round To Help Encrypt Your Stuff

    Lockbox Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round To Help Encrypt Your Stuff

    It’s hard to trust the cloud. With the NSA coming in one end and hackers coming in through the other, complete encryption is key. That’s what Lockbox is for. The company, founded in 2008, has accepted $2.5 million in seed funding to further roll out their Client Portal and iPad app. Read More

  • Google Cloud Storage Launches Automatic Server-Side Encryption For All Files

    Google Cloud Storage Launches Automatic Server-Side Encryption For All Files

    Starting today, all the data developers write to unstructured storage on Google’s Cloud Platform will now be automatically encrypted on Google’s servers. Google already encrypted data that was written to its Persistent Disks and Scratch Disks on its Compute Engine, but as the company just announced, all of the data written to Google Cloud Storage will now also be encrypted using… Read More

  • Apple’s iMessage Encryption “Impossible To Intercept” For Surveillance Purposes, Claims DEA Report

    Apple’s iMessage Encryption “Impossible To Intercept” For Surveillance Purposes, Claims DEA Report

    Apple’s iMessage text messaging replacement and chat service has frustrated U.S. federal agents looking to get access to suspect communications, a new report from CNET reveals. According to government documents obtained by the news source, iMessage and its encryption are not vulnerable to existing methods used by the DEA, meaning that in a recent February 2013 investigation in particular… Read More

  • New Darknet Wants To Match-Up Cypherpunks In Crypto Utopia

    New Darknet Wants To Match-Up Cypherpunks In Crypto Utopia

    Earlier this year French entrepreneur Ramine Darabiha called for a cypherpunk revival. Looks like he might be getting his wish. Cryptosphere is a new darknet now under development. A darknet is a private and/or anonymous network, sometimes using the public internet for connectivity. Silk Road, a marketplace for illegal drugs, is probably the most famous. You can’t use Cryptosphere yet… Read More

  • Proliferation Of PGP Complicates Job Of Federal Investigators

    Proliferation Of PGP Complicates Job Of Federal Investigators

    Given that enabling PGP encryption is as easy as ticking a few boxes in both Mac OS X and Windows, it’s no surprise that the authorities are now increasing their efforts to combat the scourge of people wanting to keep their private data private. For starters, new Secret Service recruits are given a one-week crash course in computer forensics, presumably so agents will be able to say… Read More

  • What's the secret message on the USB drive?

    What's the secret message on the USB drive?

    There were a bunch of USB keys sent out to gaming outlets today, with no return address and only a cryptic message. What could it mean? Is Majestic coming back? Are aliens trying to contact gaming press outlets? Read More

  • Why the Predator drone encryption doesn't matter

    Why the Predator drone encryption doesn't matter

    Bruce Schneier wrote a great piece on the unencrypted Predator drone video feeds, noting that the drones were built for a post-Soviet, pre-insurgent era and that encryption, in the case of a live feed, is more of a problem than a threat. Read More

  • Review: Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS USB drive

    Review: Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS USB drive

    I mentioned a newly released hardware encrypted USB flash drive last week, and promised a full review. Here it is! The Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS is a hardware-encrypted USB drive that satisfies U.S. government computer security standard FIPS 140-2 Level 3. “Physical security mechanisms required at Security Level 3 are intended to have a high probability of detecting and responding… Read More

  • Secure your data with encrypted USB drives

    Secure your data with encrypted USB drives

    USB media represents a double-edged sword: on the one hand, data portability is an extremely useful thing; but on the other hand, data portability can be a gigantic liability for your business operations. You can try to train your users not to put sensitive data on USB drives, but chances are that convenience will win out over security, and your data will slip out on USB media anyway. And… Read More