Category Archives: Encryption

The REAL Price of “Free”

So many people want to get something for nothing. They don’t want to pay for Netflix, or pay for their movies, or some other such digital product. They say that it’s a victimless crime and doesn’t harm the content/product owner any. While that’s debatable, there’s now a a serious example of why getting shit for free is not a good idea, unless it was supposed to be free in the first place.

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SCAM: RNC Attendees Get Hacked Through Fake Wi-Fi Networks

So it seems a security company wanted to troll the RNC a little bit, and see who would connect to a potentially malicious Wi-Fi Hotspot. The results were scary…but expected.

(NOTE: This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans. I have no doubt that if this test were performed at the DNC, we’d see similar results)

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Phishing Emails, Ransomware, and You

So a recent study was published, stating that about 93% of phishing emails lead to ransomware, or have ransomware embedded directly in them. This is a staggeringly frightening number. And it’s only getting worse. Continue reading Phishing Emails, Ransomware, and You

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SCAM: Reset Your LinkedIn Password

So apparently the 2012 LinkedIn breach of 6.5 million records was inaccurate. Over 117 million records were compromised, and easily decrypted (somebody probably forgot to salt their decrypted records). And now, they’re asking you to reset your password – this is a good thing.

But the bad thing is that hackers are asking you to reset your password, too. And if you use the wrong method, you could get into trouble. Continue reading SCAM: Reset Your LinkedIn Password

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Fifth Amendment Violated – Suspect Jailed Without Sentence for Not Giving Up Password

This is utter bullshit. We have the protection of the Fifth Amendment that prevents our government to force a testimony that incriminates oneself, or to be jailed or punished without due process of law.

And yet, that’s EXACTLY what’s happening here.  Continue reading Fifth Amendment Violated – Suspect Jailed Without Sentence for Not Giving Up Password

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FBI Finally Gives Up–Who Wants To Bet They Find ANYTHING?

So, the FBI declared yesterday that it finally cracked the iPhone of Sayed Farook (one of the terrorists that attacked in San Bernardino) without the help of Apple. This is good. Apple states they will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as per their previous commitment, while still providing security on their products. This is good.

So, the reported crack came not from a government entity, but from a private entity. And that’s all we know about it. We don’t know if it was a person, a company, some super computer, or what. But some sources suggest it may be an Israeli forensic company, Cellebrite. Continue reading FBI Finally Gives Up–Who Wants To Bet They Find ANYTHING?

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Finally Added SSL To The Site!

That’s right! I’ve finally got SSL encryption added to this site.  It took me nearly two years to pull off (mostly due to cost reasons), but ryancash.co is now on an HTTPS site with a trusted certificate. Continue reading Finally Added SSL To The Site!

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No Government-Mandated Decryption

So it appears the federal government, supposedly under the purview of the Obama administration, won’t seek to create a law to force back doors into encryption.

But that’s not the entire story. You still need to be cognizant of your communications, and here’s where it gets tricky. Continue reading No Government-Mandated Decryption

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The Best of the Nation’s Privacy Laws – In The Sunshine State

Okay, I’m not usually a fan of advocating nearly anything that California does. But this warrants some very good attention to the Sunshine State. See, they just updated their privacy laws to be more in line with how people use technology today.

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Oh, TrueCrypt! How You Have Let Me Down…

I just found out about this about half an hour ago. Color me VERY disappointed.

So Truecrypt, up until now the leading way for private citizens to do full disk and file encryption, underwent a full two-part security code audit and a now a Google Project Zero audit, just failed. Big time. Continue reading Oh, TrueCrypt! How You Have Let Me Down…

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