But at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, researchers from the BlackBerry are presenting an attack that can intercept GSM calls as they're transmitted over the air and decrypt them to listen back to what was said.
But at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Purdue University researcher Sze Yiu Chau has a warning for the security community about a different threat to encryption: vulnerabilities that were discovered more than a decade ago still very much persist today.
"The net result is that we can perform this computation without exposing any individual data and only getting the aggregate result," says Amanda Walker, a privacy tools and infrastructure engineering manager at Google.
That means MongoDB itself and cloud providers won't be able to access customer data, and a database's administrators or remote managers don't need to have access to everything either.
Which means that today, when you register a site through Google that uses ".app," ".dev," or ".page," that page and any you build off of it are automatically added to a list that all mainstream browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, check when they're setting up encrypted web connections.
In a background phone call with WIRED following that keynote, Apple broke down that privacy element, explaining how its "encrypted and anonymous" system avoids leaking your location data willy nilly, even as your devices broadcast a Bluetooth signal explicitly designed to let you track your device.
Terrorists should not feel free to upload terrible images of slaughter, but neither should they be empowered to empty people’s bank accounts or to tap the phones of presidents and prime ministers.“But,” people say, “What if only legitimate requests can get into the protected communications?” Weaknesses in computer systems are discovered by attackers all the time.
Vulnerabilities that are full-on "leaky" involve more deeply flawed encryption channels between browsers and web servers that would enable an attacker to decrypt all the traffic passing through them.
Even if I delete a file from some cloud storage somewhere, I don’t even know if it’s actually gone for good, or just gone from the user interface.” Because Firefox Send is end-to-end encrypted, not even Mozilla can see the contents of what you’re sharing.
“It’s like working on a car with its engine running.” Sungjin Kim/Getty Images Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid. Peters’s group thinks that a utility company could use quantum-encrypted data to communicate with their hardware.
"The design is solid, based on trusted components, and likely to adequately protect users of the products integrating this new algorithm." The Google researchers says that they are confident in Adiantum's integrity, and they hope it will help call attention to the importance of storage encryption for IoT and other low-resource devices.
The case hinges on Illinois’ strict biometric security law, which passed in 2008, giving the state the strictest rules in the country for how companies can collect permanent personal data like fingerprints.
"If the goal is to allow cross-app traffic, and it’s not required to be encrypted, then what happens?" Matthew Green, Johns Hopkins University In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Thursday evening, Zuckerberg wrote that, "There’s no question that we collect some information for ads—but that information is generally important for security and operating our services as well." An indelible identity across Facebook's brands could have security benefits like enabling stronger anti-fraud protections.
"A bot would dramatically undercut the security properties of a chat." Kenn White, Open Crypto Audit Project But Telegram's bot platform relies instead on the Transport Layer Security protocol used in HTTPS web encryption. While researching one such malware scheme, Forcepoint accidentally discovered that Telegram chats that include bots have reduced security.
All of Australia's intelligence allies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, known collectively as the Five Eyes—have spent decades lobbying for these mechanisms."The debate about simplifying lawful access to encrypted communication carries a considerable risk of regulations spilling to other countries," says Lukasz Olejnik, a security and privacy researcher and member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group.
Rosenstein did, though, repeat past assertions that unyielding encryption blocks crucial investigative avenues, and potentially endangers public safety."There is nothing virtuous about refusing to help develop responsible encryption, or in shaming people who understand the dangers of creating any spaces—whether real-world or virtual—where people are free to victimize others without fear of getting caught or punished," Rosenstein said.It is not so certain, though, that encryption meaningfully hinders law enforcement to the degree that the government alleges.
But if owners of a Model S manufactured before then don't turn on that PIN—or don't pay to replace their key fob with the more strongly encrypted version—the researchers say they're still vulnerable to their key-cloning method.Keys to the KingdomLike most automotive keyless entry systems, Tesla Model S key fobs send an encrypted code, based on a secret cryptographic key, to a car's radios to trigger it to unlock and disable its immobilizer, allowing the car's engine to start.