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Submission + - SHA-3 winner announced (nist.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just announced the winner of the SHA-3 competition: Keccak, created by Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen and Gilles Van Assche of STMicroelectronics and Michaël Peeters of NXP Semiconductors.

“Keccak has the added advantage of not being vulnerable in the same ways SHA-2 might be,” says NIST computer security expert Tim Polk. “An attack that could work on SHA-2 most likely would not work on Keccak because the two algorithms are designed so differently.”

For Joan Daemen it must be a "two in a row" feeling, since he also is one of the authors of AES.

Submission + - Yandex Releases Chromium Based Browser (yandex.com)

anonimim writes: Russian search engine Yandex released it's browser called "Yandex.Browser" today. It's based on Chromium and features some customizations such as Kaspersky powered anti-virus protection, a smart launch page called Tableu that shows you "up-to-date information about the weather and traffic, as well as social network notifications."

Currently, Yandex.Browser is only available for Windows and Mac, but launch page says Linux version is being worked on.

Comment Re:Citation Needed (Score 4, Informative) 100

According to this article from a major Turkish newspaper, related authority in charge (BTK) revised and lifted the Tinyurl.com ban today! Ban was in effect since the 1st of March, so it's probably lifted due to recent press coverage. Engelliweb includes a catalog of blocked websites in Turkey. You can check related pages for Tinyurl and Pastebin to confirm the bans. Linked article was from the February, when BTK databases were leaked to Pastebin. So it doesn't cover the recent events.

Submission + - Turkey bans Pastebin and Tinyurl

anonimim writes: Pastebin and Tinyurl, two highly popular web services has been recently blocked in Turkey.

Pastebin is blocked last week by a court decision about the recent hacking of Turkish Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK). Four databases including email addresses and plain-text passwords stolen from BTK website was posted to Pastebin last month, in retaliation to blocking of Blogspot, Incisozluk (a popular Turkish community dictionary) and other thousands of websites.

The more shocking ban was that of Tinyurl, a URL shortening service blocked by the 1st of March on behalf of the BTK, without a court decision. Turkish Internet users amazed by the absurdity of the BTK's decision as Tinyurl does not store any content itself but only serve pointers to online resources.

Turkey currently blocks thousands of websites and classified as one of the countries under surveillance by the 2012 Internet Enemies report published last week by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

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