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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >