Archive | Cryptography


07 June 2011 | 11,615 views

RSA Finally Admits 40 Million SecurID Tokens Have Been Compromised

Well we did say assume SecurID was broken back in March when we wrote – RSA Silent About Compromise For 7 Days – Assume SecurID Is Broken. With the recent news Lockheed Martin Hacked – Rumoured To Be Linked to RSA SecurID Breach and another US Military sub-contractor compromised through SecurID tokens – RSA have [...]

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31 May 2011 | 7,252 views

Lockheed Martin Hacked – Rumoured To Be Linked to RSA SecurID Breach

You all probably remember the big kerfuffle that occurred after RSA got hacked, it was widely assumed that the SecurID system was compromised somehow and could not be relied on. We reported about it in the article – RSA Silent About Compromise For 7 Days – Assume SecurID Is Broken – where we questioned their [...]

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20 May 2011 | 12,079 views

Google Proposes Way To Speed Up SSL Handshake

I’m always interesting when it comes to cryptography and cryptographic trickery. We all know, the main problem with SSL is speed – it can really slow your surfing experience down and for most people it annoys them enough to just not use it. Google researchers claim they’ve devised a way to reduce that painful wait [...]

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02 May 2011 | 8,486 views

sslsnoop v0.6 – Dump Live Session Keys From SSH & Decrypt Traffic On The Fly

sslsnoop dumps live session keys from openssh and can also decrypt the traffic on the fly. Works if scapy doesn’t drop packets. using pcap instead of SOCK_RAW helps a lot now. Works better on interactive traffic with no traffic at the time of the ptrace. It follows the flow, after that. Dumps one file by [...]

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25 March 2011 | 8,600 views

RSA Silent About Compromise For 7 Days – Assume SecurID Is Broken

About a week ago we tweeted about the “Open Letter” from RSA to customers, a rather vague letter. If you haven’t read it yet, you can do so here. To summarise, they basically said “Recently, our security systems identified an extremely sophisticated cyber attack in progress being mounted against RSA. [...] Our investigation also revealed [...]

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28 January 2011 | 10,187 views

Happy New Year Geohot – Court Orders Seizure Of PS3 Hacker’s Computers

We published the story about the Playstation 3 (PS3) Finally Hacked & Exploit Released back in January 2010. The exploit of course developed by the very prolific hacker and jailbreaker extraordinaire Geohot. He became notorious way back in 2007 by fulling unlocking the iPhone and then again in 2008 by jailbreaking the iPhone running 1.12 [...]

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06 January 2011 | 18,406 views

Researchers Hack Mobile Calls On GSM Network

Gotta love a bit of hardware hacking in the new year, this Karsten Nohl guy has been busy lately – he recently exposed Car Immobilisers Using Weak Encryption Schemes and more relevant to this article we’ve written about him and GSM Hacking Coming To The Masses Script Kiddy Style before. This kind of GSM snooping [...]

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23 December 2010 | 13,526 views

Car Immobilisers Using Weak Encryption Schemes

Another case of a certain industry lagging behind, I mean come-on – who seriously still using proprietary cryptography algorithms in 2010? Especially only 40 or 48-bit protocols, with the processing power available on hand now and new techniques like GPU based cracking – that just doesn’t cut it. The latest discovery of such implementations was [...]

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12 November 2010 | 8,472 views

PGP Users Locked Out With Latest OS X Update

For the past day or so I’ve been seeing endless people tweeting about how the latest Mac OS X update b0rks your Mac if you are using PGP full disc encryption. It’s a pretty nasty bug, but thankfully it can be recovered from fairly easily. If you are just looking for a quick solution, you [...]

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10 November 2010 | 9,751 views

Hotmail Always-On Encryption Breaks Microsoft’s Own Apps

Oh look, Microsoft is late to the party again? They are finally launching full-session SSL encryption to Hotmail a mere 2 years after Google did the same thing for Gmail. It looks like the release of FireSheep really has had an impact on web-application vendors due to the amount of mainstream media coverage it got [...]

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