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public-key cryptography

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How public-key crypto was born

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.

By October 26, 2010

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Researchers find flaw in key generation with popular cryptography

Small percentage of public keys in sample found online were not randomly generated as they should be, paper says.

By February 14, 2012

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Devastating new malware: pay up or lose your files

A new ransomware doing the rounds is one of the most vicious seen, directly targeting specific files and destroying them if you don't pay up.

By October 21, 2013

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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

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Amid NSA uproar, encryption-standards body defends process

National Institute of Standards and Technology says it will continue to create the "strongest possible" standards, following reports of surveillance-related meddling by the National Security Agency.

By September 10, 2013

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Facebook's outmoded Web crypto opens door to NSA spying

It's relatively easy for the National Security Agency's spooks to break outdated Web encryption after vacuuming up data from fiber taps, cryptographers say.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.

By June 28, 2013

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Body scanner ruling could squelch NSA domestic spying

Electronic Privacy Information Center organizes request by leading technologists to halt National Security Agency's domestic surveillance. They're trying a novel argument from a 2011 lawsuit.

By June 17, 2013

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Code crackers break 923-bit encryption record

In what was thought an impossibility, researchers break the longest code ever over a 148-day period using 21 computers.

By June 20, 2012

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Hall of fame adds inventors of digital camera, barcode

Announcing its inductees for 2011, the National Inventors Hall of Fame is honoring people responsible for such inventions as the digital camera, the industrial robot, and the barcode.

By March 3, 2011

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Want really secure Gmail? Try GPG encryption

If you're a Gmail user spooked by Chinese cyber attacks on Google, here's a way to encrypt your e-mail. Be warned: better security comes at a cost.

By January 14, 2010