Cryptographers Asked To Solve Gauss Mystery

By Robert Vamosi | 8/14/12 2:42 AM

Antivirus researchers are asking for help from cryptographers to help decrypt a section of the new Gauss malware, a section they say could be used for Industrial Control System attacks like Stuxnet.

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Podcast: Erik Peterson On MAP 2.0

By Robert Vamosi | 4/10/12 2:52 AM

This week's podcast, Erik Peterson, Principal Engineer at Mocana, discusses MAP 2.0 with Robert Vamosi, and relates his experience bringing Mocana's unique mobile app protection solution to Apple's iOS.

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Satphone Encryption Cracked

By Robert Vamosi | 2/9/12 2:49 AM

In places where cellular communications is not possible, satellite phones have been used. These include sites of war, third-world countries, and out atop the ocean blue. Now a team of German researchers have found that encryption used in the popular GMR-1 and GMR-2 phones is mathematically weak.

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DeviceLine Podcast for January 13, 2012

By Robert Vamosi | 1/13/12 5:58 AM

... And we're back on the air.

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Smart Meters Hacked, Part Two

By Robert Vamosi | 1/10/12 4:30 AM

Yesterday, DeviceLine talked about two German researchers who could intercept and decipher what videos you were watching by eavesdropping on your smart meter. Today, DeviceLine is talking about a more serious concern: spoofing energy usage data from your smart meter.

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Smart Meters Reveal Movie and TV Viewing Habits

By Robert Vamosi | 1/9/12 3:59 AM

German researchers, presenting at the 28th Chaos Communication Congress (28c3), say they can guess what's on your digital TV based on unencrypted signals from certain Smart Meters.

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U.S. Army Tests Commercial Smartphones

By Robert Vamosi | 7/19/11 8:15 AM

Soldiers in the field may soon be able to use smartphones similar to their own personal iPhone and Androids, according to US government officials.

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iPhone Encryption Hacked

By Robert Vamosi | 5/26/11 3:25 AM

A Russian security company has found a way to crack the hardware encryption on iOS 4-based devices—but the company is only offering the service to law enforcement and the military.

On Wednesday, ElcomSoft, a company that specializes in cracking Microsoft Office and OS passwords (useful to enterprises whose employees leave suddenly), said it had created a toolset that circumvents the hardware encryption chip Apple uses by extracting the keys. Rather than using a hardware dump, which is encrypted but missing some data, the toolkit accesses the full device showing investigators geolocation data, browsing history, call history, text messages, emails, usernames and passwords. It also reveals information the user has deleted.

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Square Nightmare: The Innovative App That’s Leading to Card Skimming

By JDavis | 3/10/11 7:45 AM

VeriFone, an electronic payment firm, launched a surprising attack on the hot Square mobile payment application that has been generating high-tech buzz recently. In an open letter urging Square to recall their product, VeriFone claimed that private consumer data is easily made vulnerable because their hardware is full of serious security loopholes.

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Cracked Code Causing Increase in Auto Thefts?

By JDavis | 12/7/10 6:56 AM

After 16 years of decline, car theft has been on the rise in Germany. And at a recent embedded security conference, one researcher offered a surprising idea as to why. Citing the widespread adoption of engine "immobilizers"--key fobs that transmit encrypted signals to a car's receiver that, when recognized, permit the vehicle to start--researcher Karsten Nohl described the ease of deciphering the simple encryption used in this technology.

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