Securing Data at Rest with Cryptography

Over at Schneier on Security, Bruce Schneier has a post today about securing data on disk. Encryption is often sold as a panacea for all security problems — which it’s not — but keeping people from reading your data if they steal your laptop is one thing encryption is really good at, and it’s an […]

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Passwords Aren’t Secure; Two-Factor Auth on a Credit Card

A pair of companies called Innovative Card Technologies and eMue Technologies have put out a press release for a one-time-password token embedded in a credit card. Essentially, they embed a smart chip and an LCD display inside a bank card. When you need the password to your account (such as to log into online banking), […]

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Password Cracking Moves to the GPU

A company called Elcomsoft has just put out a press release promoting the newest version of their Distributed Password Recovery tool, which is now capable of making use of the GPU (graphics processing unit) on modern 3D video cards for breaking password hashes. Password hashes have been weak for quite a while now — as […]

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