Tag Archives: Security News

Is WhatsApp safe to use or does it have a backdoor?

Last week an article from The Guardian stated that a backdoor within the end-to-end encryption of popular messaging app WhatsApp could be used by governments to snoop on users. The author “warned it could be used by government agencies as a backdoor to snoop on users who believe their messages to be secure.” This caused quite a stir in security circles, which resulted in a group of cryptography and security experts calling for a retraction and an apology for misleading claims.

Misconfigured server reveals Cerber ransomware targets users in Europe and North America

Cerber ransomware is a highly effective ransomware family that has been developed by professional cybercriminals. Fortunately for us, even professional cybercriminals make mistakes – like misconfiguring their servers. Twitter user and researcher @Racco42 noticed the mistake . Through this misconfiguration, we were able to take a closer look at their statistics and learn more about who they are targeting and who are not targeting.

NIST Calls Development of Quantum-Proof Encryption Algorithms

Quantum Computers – Boon or Bane?

Quantum computers can perform operations much more quickly and efficiently even with the use of less energy than conventional computers, but that’s bad news for encryption — a process which scrambles data according to a massively complex mathematical code.

In theory, quantum computers can break almost all the existing encryption algorithms used on the

Tech’s power to promote good or evil depends on who controls it

Originally published at The Parallax.

We often forget that technology is a double-edged sword. With the benefits of every advance comes the possibility that it will be used for destructive purposes. ISIS builds its own drones, botnets hijack appliances to bring down huge chunks of the Internet, and ubiquitous Web publishing has led to fake news outperforming real news on social media.