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Submission + - PGP - Hacked or not? 1

SuperCharlie writes: I have been a windows desktop tech since 3.1 and around the early 2000's took the web developer direction. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that until the recent spat of news I have never investigated encryption.

After a few nights of drinking from the PGP firehose and discussing encrypting my emails and such with a fellow web developer who has about as much knowledge as me in the PGP arena we have come to a loggerhead.

He believes that some time shortly after 1996 PGP was basically compromised by the U.S. government and that any versions afterwards can quite easily be decrypted, basically making the process a waste of time.

I explained that Gpg4win and other open source PGP versions would be obvious to the community if they were compromised.

Maybe I am so uninformed that I am not even asking the right questions, so, I present this question to the /. community at large: PGP — Hacked or not?

Submission + - Internet blackout coming for hundreds of thousands (

SuperCharlie writes: The Internet will fall dark for many who have failed to clean their system from a DNS changing virus aptly name DNSChanger on July 9th 2012 at 12:01am. The virus had affected up to 4 million PC's redirecting traffic to look-alike sites such as Google and Bing to steal credentials and ultimately millions of dollars for the creators. The US FBI set up interim servers instead of taking down 4 million infected users Internet worldwide, however, after almost 5 years they will now pull the plug on these servers and the estimated 304,000 PC's still infected will no longer be able to access the internet. The FBI has a step-by-step method for you to see if you are infected in this pdf document or you can go to for an automated check if you are so inclined.

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