Cryptographers and Security Researchers have a penchant for coming up with colorful acronyms and names which describe, in brief, the vulnerability or exposure. Some are them are BEAST, CRIME, ShellShock, SLOTH, POODLE, Lucky 13, Sweet32, Smurf, Petya, BlackNurse, FREAK, DROWN, BREACH, LOGJAM, HeartBleed, CloudBleed, TicketBleed, Fireball, CLOAK and DAGGER, WANNACRY, SambaCry, HIDDEN COBRA, BroadPwn, Blueborne, ... read more
One of the most important properties of a cryptographic hash function is that of “Strong collision-resistance“, that is, it should be “computationally infeasible” to find distinct inputs x, x’ such that hash(x) = hash(x’).
For the SHA-1 hash function, which generates a 160 bit hash, to have strong collision resistance, only ... read more
I am a happy customer of Ola. I decided to try Uber. I installed the Uber app on my wife’s Android mobile and tried to register with her email address and got the message “Email address already in use“. I don’t recall registering with Uber and thought that my wife had done so. ... read more
I read an article titled Frequent password changes are the enemy of security which I find misleading and missing the point.
In this article, Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor, who became chief technologist at FTC challenges FTC’s advice
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FTC’s advice: Encourage your loved ones to change passwords often, making them long, strong, and unique.