Cryptography

How to Use End-to-End Encryption in Facebook Messenger Right Now

Meta might not be a bastion of digital privacy (and very well may be an enemy of it), but the times might be a-changin’. The company announced on Thursday, Aug. 11 they are testing end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for Facebook Messenger as the default, meaning all Messenger users would have their chats protected from spying eyes …

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The NIST Is Fighting Quantum Hackers, Which Don’t Exist yet

photo: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP (Getty Images) This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the winners of a global competition to create new encryption standards. Somewhat mind-bogglingly, these algorithms have been designed to defend against a cyber threat that doesn’t even exist yet: quantum computers. For the most part, today’s popular encryption standards …

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Even More Crypto Lenders Struggle to Stem Flood of Withdrawals

Image: SIVStockStudio (Shutterstock) The number of crypto lending platforms that actually let users take their crypto home with them is getting progressively smaller. One company even reported its users were draining their accounts of close to $198 million in total over the past three weeks. CoinLoan announced Monday it was putting a big hold on …

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The British Army’s YouTube and Twitter Accounts Were Hacked

Over the weekend, while many in the United States were pre-gaming today’s Fourth of July holiday celebrationsin the UK, the British Army was scrambling to regain control its Twitter and YouTube accounts that had both been hacked to promote NFTs and other crypto investment scans. According to the BBC, at one point over the weekend, …

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The Polium One Is A Web3 Console That Will Never Get Released

Image: shomos uddin / Polium / Kotaku (Getty Images) The Polium One is the answer to a question no one has ever, nor will ever, ask. It is a “next-gen console for web3 gaming.” Which is to say, a render on a website for a fictional machine that I believe will absolutely will never get …

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EU Agrees on MiCa Laws to Reign in Cryptocurrency ‘Wild West’

MiCA was first proposed way back in September 2020 by the European Commission.Image: Christopher Furlong (Getty Images) The European Union is planning to temper the volatility of cryptocurrency with a regulatory framework that would establish consumer protection against crypto scams and forces crypto companies to disclose their environmental impact. Discussions in the European Union have …

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How to Use Google Password Manager On-Device Encryption

photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP (Getty Images) Eventually, Google and other big tech companies want to dispense with passwords entirely, but until that day comes, a Google Password Manager feature called on-device encryption might be your best bet for protecting your precious codes. Though it quietly came out earlier this springsince you can now easily access Google …

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Crypto Workers Behind Terra and Luna Are Facing a Flight Ban

The ongoing crypto crash has brought a lot of investors back down to earth. In the case of current and former Terraform Labs employees, it’s keeping them literally grounded. Dozens of past and present staff from the company behind two notorious crypto coins, terraUSD and Luna, have been barred from leaving South Korea, according to …

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Blockchains Vulnerable to Centralized Control, DARPA Finds

photo: Dan Kitwood (Getty Images) Researchers at the gonzo Pentagon research agency responsible for introducing the world to stealth bombers, insect-sized surveillance dronesand the the internet itself have some reservations about the blockchain technology underpinning Web3. A newly released report commissioned by the Defense Advanced Research Project (DARPA) titled “Are Blockchains Decentralized?” found key vulnerabilities …

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Feds Shut Down a Massive Internet Identity Theft Marketplace

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that a group of darkweb domains, collectively known as the SSNDOB Marketplace, had been taken offline. The websites were reportedly used to sell data like individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, and birthdates—predominately targeting those in the US About 24 million people from the US had their info listed on …

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