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+ - The gift that keeps on giving: Snowdon files report NSA broke most encryption-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "“For the past decade, N.S.A. has led an aggressive, multipronged effort to break widely used Internet encryption technologies,” said a 2010 memo describing a briefing about N.S.A. accomplishments for employees of its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. “Cryptanalytic capabilities are now coming online. Vast amounts of encrypted Internet data which have up till now been discarded are now exploitable.”"
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+ - N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption->

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An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times is reporting that the NSA has "has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show."

"The agency, according to the documents and interviews with industry officials, deployed custom-built, superfast computers to break codes, and began collaborating with technology companies in the United States and abroad to build entry points into their products. The documents do not identify which companies have participated.""

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Comment: Re:Shooting for 10.x? (Score 1) 131

by ashpool7 (#44555453) Attached to: GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Easy portability from OS X to Linux/FreeBSD.

Many programmers and server admins moved to OS X as their desktop machine because of its Unix base. You can have a nice desktop, commercial app support, and not be far away from a command line environment.

If GNUStep can get compatibility, then developers can cross target OS X and Linux with their apps.

Windows has nothing in common with Linux. All you're doing by throwing money at Wine is perpetuating the Windows Way Of Programming. At least with GNUStep it starts with the assumption of Linux or BSD Unix.

Comment: Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (Score 1) 135

by ashpool7 (#44261047) Attached to: Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

You're not forced to install antivirus programs nor is there a scheme to prevent you from removing them.

I'm not speculating about "people," I'm talking about the "people" accused of turning their brains off when Secure Boot gets brought up. These are the same people who don't like the locked bootloaders on the iPad and especially on Android phones and tablets.

Comment: Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (Score 1) 135

by ashpool7 (#44247095) Attached to: Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

What *is* the same between the Surface Pro and the Surface (RT), is that UEFI and Secure Boot are being used.

Back to the original topic, this is why people do not want Secure Boot. Here is a company taking the standard and doing *exactly* what people were afraid the company would do with it. It's no longer "speculation."

Comment: Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (Score 1) 135

by ashpool7 (#44246895) Attached to: Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

Sure... for x86 machines. I assume you mean

where they have four requirements, one of which is "They must allow the user to completely disable Secure Boot."

Now, for the Win RT version of Surface

"If the computer is running Windows RT, Secure Boot cannot be disabled."


Comment: Re:Hint: real-life hacking is all automated (Score 1) 81

by ashpool7 (#44233881) Attached to: Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability

Do Google Play downloads go over SSL? Does Google Play fail to work if the SSL verification fails against the installed CAs? Does that Raspberry Pi have its SSL cert installed on the phone?

It's not that easy...

(...or maybe it is, I'm assuming Google wasn't stupid when it comes to the first two questions.)

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?