Interesting Parts in CIA Leaks

Schneier wrote: 8,761 classified CIA documents […] 2012-2016 […]it sounds like this cache of documents wasn’t taken from the CIA and given to WikiLeaks for publication, but has been passed around the community for a while — and incidentally some part of the cache was passed to WikiLeaks. […]  extraordinary collection […] several hundred million lines …

Continue reading ‘Interesting Parts in CIA Leaks’ »

Is PGP Bankrupt?

In the last few years, we have seen an increased awareness that PGP/GPG is a dinosaur of 1990s crypto, and it does not satisfy the need of modern users for secure communication. PGP model has many perverse effects: like creating a single point of failure where all sensitive communications are compromised with cracking one single …

Continue reading ‘Is PGP Bankrupt?’ »

D-Day For Z.Cash

Today the first ever truly anonymous crypto currency ZEC went live. The full P2P client can be downloaded from here [Linux only for now]. The total number of ZEC coins will be only 21 million, like in bitcoin. Zerocash also reproduces few other unreasonable properties known from bitcoin: bizarre monetary policy with inelastic monetary supply and block halving every …

Continue reading ‘D-Day For Z.Cash’ »

Controversy Around Profitability of AltCoin Investment

There is a considerable controversy around whether investing in a balanced basket of cryptocoins is a good idea. Two serious sources show that this sort of investment enjoys steady growth without a lot of downturns, cf. DLT10 Index and a recent detailed study which concentrates on a shorter period with excellent returns since Jan 2016 (cf. also …

Continue reading ‘Controversy Around Profitability of AltCoin Investment’ »

How Many 1024-bit Primes Have Backdoors?

So how did the NSA backdoored the Internet or did they??? New ground-breaking paper shows that DSA and DH mod P keys with 1024 bits are vulnerable to practical backdoors which can be exploited to break our secure communications. Few highlights: For such trapdoored primes the DL problem can be solved in 2 months by an academic cluster. The …

Continue reading ‘How Many 1024-bit Primes Have Backdoors?’ »

UCL InfoSec Visit at Bletchley Park – 2 Oct 2016

    Home Work After a bombe demonstration by a WW2 veteran Ruth Bourne and BP bombe experts, students have been asked to further study at home how Enigma was broken, see our hand-out. More details can be found in our teaching materials “Enigma and Block Ciphers – 100 years of cryptanalysis with non-commutative combinations …

Continue reading ‘UCL InfoSec Visit at Bletchley Park – 2 Oct 2016’ »

Bitcoin Block Reward Halving

In a few minutes, cf. countdown, the amount of bitcoins attributed to each block mined will be divided by 2 in one single step. A rare event which happens once approximately every 4 years. This is an artificial shock which is tolerated by the bitcoin community in the name of misplaced ideology that whatever was decided …

Continue reading ‘Bitcoin Block Reward Halving’ »

Comparison of R&D Expenses in Different Countries

We have heard about the CIA/NSA Uber Apple/Google/Facebook, food industry, rampant imperialism which emanates from a handful of countries… and how these forces corrupt politicians and business circles in many other countries. Well actually in many cases it is self-inflicted misery. In many cases it is politicians and business people who run these countries do not …

Continue reading ‘Comparison of R&D Expenses in Different Countries’ »

Is Computer Security a Pseudo Science?

A major paper trying to explain why security experts have so frequently failed.    Cormac Herley: The Unfalsifiability of Security Claims paper /slides. It starts with a great classic, Karl Popper philosophy of science which would be the basis to say “security” is some sort of pseudo-science. We read that “there is no empirical test that allows us …

Continue reading ‘Is Computer Security a Pseudo Science?’ »