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Submission + - Preparing for the Worst in IT

mplex writes: "How vulnerable is the internet to terrorist attack? Is it robust enough to handle an outage on a massive scale? Should the commercial infrastructure that powers the internet be kept secret? These are the sorts of questions raised by Mark Gibbs in his latest column in Network World. Given that the internet thrives on open networks, it's hard to imagine keeping them a secret. At best, we must be prepared to deal with the worst."

Submission + - NIST Announces Contest to Replace SHA-1 Algorithm

mplex writes: From the article:
'The National Institute of Standards and Technology today announced a public competition to pick a new cryptographic hash algorithm that would become the new federal information processing standard. This evaluation process is expected to run a minimum of three years.'

This is overdue given the known weaknesses with SHA-1 and it's variants

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead