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Michael Walter is currently working on his post doctoral research at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) in Austria. I caught up with him at the EuroCrypt 2018 conference in Tel Aviv, where he gave a talk titled – On the Bit Security of Cryptographic Primitives. Bit Security has received a lot of criticism...
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Kyoohyung Han is a PhD student in the Department of Mathematical Science at the Seoul National University in Korea. He recently gave a presentation at EuroCrypt 2018 titled Homomorphic Lower Digit Removal and Improved FHE Bootstrapping. He was generous enough to give me a few minutes of his time and talk a little more about...
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Virtual Private Networks are a growing market sector. Concerns over online privacy, censorship, and a growing desire to access geo-restricted content means more people than ever before are turning to VPNs. In fact, research suggests that 25% of global internet users now employ a VPN to secure their connection. In order to better understand the...
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The eyes of the cyber security world were on the popular RSA Conference that was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA from April 16-20. We had a chance to catch up with Linda Gray Martin, General Manager of  the Cconference, on the final day and talk about some of the Conference highlights....
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For the past 30 plus years, the IACR (International Association for Cryptographic Research) has been at the cutting edge of cryptographic research. They run three conferences a year; Crypto (In the United States), EuroCrypt and AsiaCrypt. I spoke with Orr Dunkelman, General Chair for EuroCrypt, which is taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel from April...
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All you want to do after a long flight is arrive at your hotel, connect to the free Wi-Fi and check your phone for any missed WhatsApp messages or emails. If you’re flying to China, none of that is going to be possible. The Chinese government’s “Great Firewall” places strict censorship blocks on some of...
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It’s a no-brainer that the vast majority of people who make regular use of a VPN, do so mainly out of a concern for their privacy. However, recent discoveries related to Facebook’s data collection and ad targeting practices have shown that your sensitive info isn’t necessarily out of anyone’s reach — and the issue can...
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Are you still using Facebook? Do you feel like you can still trust the social media giant, despite all the data leaks that have occurred in the past few months? Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard about the Cambridge Analytica – Facebook scandal. To recap the situation, in 2014, 270,000...
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Online privacy was dealt a major blow at the end of March 2018 when the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act was added in the near the end of a 2,232 page budget bill. The CLOUD Act was never voted on by the US Congress or even reviewed. Instead it was slipped into...
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It’s been nearly 2 years since the Council of the European Union, European Parliament and the European Union passed the privacy legislation known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Beginning on May 25th, 2018 any company that hasn’t updated their privacy policy during the two-year grace period will be in violation of the law...