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Facebook nabs Yahoo's chief information security officer

Alex Stamos joins the social-networking giant after a little more than a year on the job at the Web company.

By June 24, 2015


Judge: Child porn suspect doesn't need to decrypt files

Earlier court order requiring a Wisconsin suspect in underage porn case to decrypt his hard drives for the FBI by the end of the day Tuesday -- or face contempt of court -- has been lifted.

By June 4, 2013


Stealthy Regin malware is a 'top-tier espionage tool'

Regin's behavior suggests that the newly uncovered and "highly complex" spying threat came from a nation-state, Symantec reports.

By November 23, 2014


Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones

ATF says no law enforcement agency could unlock a defendant's iPhone, but Apple can "bypass the security software" if it chooses. Apple has created a police waiting list because of high demand.

By May 10, 2013


Open Enigma Project: Build your own encryption machine

S&T Geotronics wants to give collectors and cryptographers a chance to re-create a piece of encryption history with a special kit for building an open-source Enigma machine.

By March 31, 2014


Yahoo, ICQ chats still vulnerable to government snoops

Spy agencies and hackers at your local Starbucks can vacuum up Yahoo and ICQ chats and metadata about AOL's AIM users. These services are over a decade old -- why are they not fully encrypted?

By February 28, 2014


Crypto, security, comp-sci specialists speak out on NSA

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.

By January 24, 2014


Google finishes 2,048-bit security upgrade for Web privacy

Prodded by "concerns about overbroad government surveillance," Google beat an end-of-year deadline to retire Web certificates with less secure 1,024-bit encryption keys.

By November 19, 2013


How NSA snooping secures profits for famed privacy pro (Q&A)

Government surveillance has been a business boon for PGP creator Phil Zimmermann, whose company Silent Circle counts SEALs and the CIA as clients. Plus: why encryption needs a "Spartacus" moment.

By September 30, 2013


Latest NSA abuse allegation: Spying on the United Nations

The new revelation comes as the NSA also cops to acknowledging that some of its analysts have snooped on e-mails of ex-lovers.

By August 25, 2013