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Web security upgrade delayed over fears 60m could lose connection

A major security upgrade to infrastructure that supports the entire Internet has been delayed over fears it could knock 60 million people offline. ICANN was preparing to change cryptographic keys to boost security but has put the plans on hold until 2018.

4.5m web servers at risk due to insecure private keys

A study has found that over 4.5 million web servers fail to properly secure their private keys, cryptographic signatures that protect data and prevent sensitive connections being hijacked. The keys can be found online, allowing hackers to access servers.

USB-C getting new safety mechanism to stop cables frying phones

USB-IF, the group responsible for managing the standards surrounding USB ports, cables and connectors, has announced it is developing new cryptographic authentication features to put an end to the recent rise in dangerous non-compliant USB-C cables.

Secure smartphone called Blackphone will thwart security laws

A new ultra-secure smartphone called the Blackphone will run a security-enhanced version of Android named PrivatOS. Its developers say it will allow users to anonymously send and receive calls, text, video chat, transfer and more through a VPN.

Op-Ed: NSA building powerful quantum computers to end all privacy

New York - In its bid to secure America from online and other perceived threats, the US National Security Agency (NSA) is reportedly racing against time to build a quantum computer capable of breaking every imaginable encryption code known to humans.

Strings of photons are the future of IT encryption

Quantum physics can bring good news to all those who want to conduct totally secure communications over IT networks - particularly financial institutions. Strings of photons are affected when they are observed and this fact can be used in IT encryption.

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