Likening government surveillance to malware, Microsoft's general counsel says the company is taking steps to protect the privacy of online communications.
In an open letter, more than 50 luminaries in computer science, cryptography, and security join together to decry reported efforts by the agency to undermine encryption and network security.
Many large Web companies have failed to adopt a decades-old encryption technology to safeguard confidential user communications. Google is a rare exception, and Facebook is about to follow suit.
It's relatively easy for the National Security Agency's spooks to break outdated Web encryption after vacuuming up data from fiber taps, cryptographers say. But Facebook is still using it.
ChapCrack and CloudCracker reveal sensitive corporate communications -- including passwords -- protected by the popular PPTP encryption protocol, which is based on an algorithm from Microsoft, a researcher says at Defcon.
Facebook helps people protect against account compromises by offering the ability to use full-session encryption across the site.
Mathematical basis for public-key cryptography was kept secret in its early years to avoid revealing how closely U.K. government was working with U.S. National Security Agency.
Researchers claim to have cracked the quantum cryptography equipment used to cloak highly sensitive communications by banks and defense agencies.
Road Trip 2010: CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman couldn't get into the National Security Agency, but he did visit its museum. Think Enigma.
His scheme lets computation be performed on encrypted data without the need to decrypt it first, which could be useful for calculations connected to electronic health records.