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Online Ad Blockers Blocked by Online Advertisers
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Online Ad Blockers Blocked by Online Advertisers

The problems of malicious ads and ad fraud have become widespread and are major annoyances and threats to users. Those issues have led to the huge popularity of ad blocking extensions for browsers, but a backlash from the online ad industry has now reached a fever pitch as industry groups work […]

Google Comes Down on Ad Fraud
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Google Comes Down on Ad Fraud

There are a lot of terrible, terrible things on the Internet and much of that garbage is related to or contained in ads. Malware, phishing links, scams, and other forms of badness all have strong connections to the online ad world, and new data from Google shows just how tight those […]

On the Wire Podcast: Steven Murdoch
Authentication, Podcast, Privacy

On the Wire Podcast: Steven Murdoch

Steven Murdoch is a researcher at University College London and this week published a detailed technical analysis of the MIKEY-SAKKE protocol that is implemented in the U.K.’s Secure Chorus standard for voice encryption. Secure Chorus is set up for key escrow by design, a fact that Murdoch explains in his […]

UK Government Voice Encryption Standard Built for Key Escrow, Surveillance
Authentication, Device Security, Privacy

UK Government Voice Encryption Standard Built for Key Escrow, Surveillance

The U.K. government’s standard for encrypted voice communications, which already is in use in intelligence and other sectors and could be mandated for use in critical infrastructure applications, is set up to enable easy key escrow, according to new research. The standard is known as Secure Chorus, which implements an encryption protocol […]

Banks Get Two-Year Grace Period on Moving to TLS 1.1
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Banks Get Two-Year Grace Period on Moving to TLS 1.1

The group that sets security standards for the payment card industry has decided to delay a requirement that will force payment processors to upgrade to a stronger version of TLS, the standard Web transport encryption protocol. Back in April, the PCI Security Standards Council released a new version of the […]

The Silent Tracking Beacon in Your TV Ads
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The Silent Tracking Beacon in Your TV Ads

It turns out that the weird guy in your office who keeps telling you that his TV is spying on him isn’t totally insane. Well, he might still be insane, but his TV also might be spying on him. An Indian company called SilverPush has developed a technology that allows […]