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    VeraCrypt

    VeraCrypt 1.25.9 was released February 19th 2022. Downloads are available from https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Downloads.html for Windows, Mac, Linux (CentOs, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE), Raspberry Pi and FreeBSD.
  3. The Treasury has announced that it will regulate some cryptocurrencies as part of a wider plan to make the UK a hub for digital payment companies. Separately, the Treasury said it will ask The Royal Mint to create a Non-Fungible Token (NFT). The Treasury has not yet confirmed which stablecoins will be regulated, however well-known ones include Tether and Binance USD. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60983561
  4. CentOS 8 is EOL and no longer supported, so an encryption vulnerability poses a challenge. The LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) issue stems around the re-encryption process during key change and weakens security for an encrypted block device. CVE-2021-4122 https://thehackernews.com/2022/01/patching-centos-8-encryption-bug-is.html
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    POODLE

    POODLE means Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption. It allows an attacker to eavesdrop on encrypted HTTPS communications using the SSL 3.0 protocol. To protect a server against POODLE attacks you can disable SSL 3.0, or TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2. The POODLE vulnerability was discovered by Google in 2014, reference CVE-2014-3566. Additional information is available from https://www.makeuseof.com/what-is-the-poodle-attack/
  6. Dear Encryption Chat support, I would like to ask you one important question. Is the (Samsung Notes App) suitable for storing sensitive information? Are these "password-protected" notes really encrypted? As encryption experts, do you have an idea about which encryption algorithm they might be using on this App? I am asking you guys this question because I am a Samsung smartphone user, and I have a lot of important Data stored in this particular Samsung App. And I am asking you because you guys are experts in the encryption field. I really would like to know whether this "Samsung Notes App" is safe or not. I just need to know so I can look for a more secure App if I have to. One thing that bothers me the most is that Samsung at their website doesn't provide any information regarding the encryption algorithm (if any) they use to safeguard the contents stored in this App. They should have available at their website a whitepaper explaining this App encription to us Samsung users, but they don't. I don't know if they use for this App: AES 128-bit, AES 256-bit, Twofish, Serpent, or another encryption algorithm, etc. Therefore I don't even know if it is secure. Perhaps I should stop using this App and migrate to a more transparent App in terms of its encription algorithm. Please let me know guys, this is truly important to me and I need to have a good understanding about it, whether this App is suitable for storing sensitive information or not. Thank you so much.
  7. Arqit has announced the release of the first version of its QuantumCloud service. The software enables customers to secure the communications channels and data of any cloud, edge or end-point device. The launch of Arqit satellites in 2023 will replace terrestrial systems as the root source of randomness in QuantumCloud. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/arqit-releases-quantumcloud-deliver-stronger-042000026.html
  8. And now you can’t. However Musk has suggested he may change his mind again if Bitcoin has better eco-considerations. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/14/bitcoin-btc-soars-after-musk-says-tesla-could-accept-the-crypto-again.html
  9. A crypto flaw has been found in the GPRS (2G) mobile data standard. The researchers (Christof Beierle, et al) said the vulnerability in the GEA/1 algorithm is unlikely to have been an accident, and was probably created as a backdoor for law enforcement. Instead of 64-bit protection it only provides 40-bit and is vulnerable to downgrade attacks. GEA/1, GEA/2 and GEA/3 are known to have weaknesses. https://eprint.iacr.org/2021/819 https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/security-flaw-found-2g-mobile-data-encryption-standard-78309008 https://www.theregister.com/2021/06/17/gprs_encryption_backdoor/
  10. Arqit has announced it will develop a satellite-based quantum technology encryption network for the United States, Japan, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Austria. Known as the Federated Quantum System (FQS) the satellites will distribute quantum keys to data centres using a protocol called ARQ19. The FQS satellites will be assembled at the National Satellite Test Facility in Harwell near Oxford and launched by Virgin Orbit in 2023. Commercial partners include BT, Sumitomo Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Leonardo, QinetiQ Space N.V., qtlabs and Honeywell. Italy, Belgium and Austria are also partners in a European quantum communications network called EuroQCI. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/international-partners-and-government-agencies-join-arqits-federated-quantum-system-301310846.html https://spacenews.com/governments-ally-for-federated-quantum-encryption-satellite-network/
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