Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The experts doubt that a serious terrorist uses Telegram

The attacks of Paris have initiated a tsunami in the network and outside, where the defenders and detractors of the encryption are arguing, fed by the secret services, which are exploiting the situation to ask more money and the expansion of their monitoring capacities of the population, meanwhile the activists say that so many monitoring hasn’t avoided the attacks. Meanwhile, Anonymous entangles the situation launching cyberattacks on ISIS and they call them “idiots” and “lamers”. Writting a quality post about cybersecurity without dins among so many noise was hard, but we think we made it.


About the “mess” in hand, we´ll just highlight a text about the allegation that the terrorist used the messaging app Telegram, which allows encrypted private chats. The recognized security expert The Grugq explains that, although officially nobody has broken the encryption of Telegram, “personally I wouldn’t trust that the encryption of Telegram would protect me from an adversary in the shape of a nation”. Moreover, hoping the terrorist would use only Telegram is candid, given the multiple possibilities offered on the Internet to hide their communications, mentioned by Lorenzo Martínez in “Security By Default”.

An airport with Windows 3.1

We don’t leave Paris yet because the last Saturday the airport of Paris Orly had to close temporally because of a failure in the system. Another terrorist attack? No: a system still running with Windows 3.1 got stapped or damaged. Windows 3.1, yes, a software with more than 20 years. No comments.

NTP Upgraded

And seeing so noise, fright and smoke in the social networks, we prefer highlight some positive news to brighten the day, as much as we can, to our readers. Eric S. Raymond, guru among gurus in the hacker community, has announced he and the experts team in charge of the NTP protocol (Network Time Protocol), attacked recently by the investigations of the Spanish José Selvi, started to work to upgrade their security. By the way, if anybody wants to help them or thank them, you can do it participating in an open crowdfunding campaign.

Google wants more encryption

We keep with positive news: in a few months Google will warn to their users when they receive or send email without encryptions. According to a study made by Google and different American universities, 82% of mailing service servers (SMTP) of the main domains in Alexa allow encryption (TLS), but just the 35% are configured to allow it.

The struggle continues, fed by the attacks of Paris, by the governments which don’t want encryption facing an Internet which demands it no matter who falls. We’ll see how evolve the contest.


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