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SHA-1 Collision Spells the End for Old Algorithm
Hacking, Privacy

SHA-1 Collision Spells the End for Old Algorithm

Engineers at Google have created the first SHA-1 collision, an achievement that should lay to rest any remaining doubts about the practical security of the hash function. Cryptographers and security researchers have been warning about weaknesses in SHA-1 for several years, saying that modern computing power would soon put a […]

Google Releases Upspin Secure File-Sharing Tool
Privacy

Google Releases Upspin Secure File-Sharing Tool

Google has published a new open-source tool called Upspin that enables users to share files and other content securely across networks without the need for uploading and downloading. Unlike existing systems such as Dropbox or Google Drive, Upspin isn’t really a separate file storage and retrieval service. Instead, Google describes […]

On the Wire Podcast: RSA 2017
Podcast, Privacy

On the Wire Podcast: RSA 2017

As the RSA Conference was winding down this week in San Francisco, we gathered a few reporters and other friends to talk about all the security news from the conference, what we liked, things we didn’t like so much, and a lot of other topics. Guests this year include Brian […]

Security Lessons From Snowden
Hacking, Privacy

Security Lessons From Snowden

SAN FRANCISCO–Working in the security field offers ample opportunity to learn from your mistakes, and perhaps no organization has had to go through that process more publicly and painfully than the National Security Agency. The failures that led to Edward Snowden walking out the door with a massive cache of […]

The Joy and Pain of RSA Week
Identity, Privacy

The Joy and Pain of RSA Week

It’s that time of year again, when the security industry looks westward with a mixture of anxiety, dread, and expense-account induced giddiness: RSA week. When people who have never been to the RSA Conference before ask me what to expect, I never have a good answer. A lot of it […]