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  2. Peter Eckersley, one of the original founders of Let’s Encrypt, passed away at CPMC Davies Hospital in San Francisco on 2nd September 2022. He had been diagnosed with cancer on 31 August, but died of complications during pre-operative preparations to treat the disease. https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/peter-eckersley-may-his-memory-be-a-blessing/183854 https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2022/09/04/peter-eckersley-co-creator-of-lets-encrypt-dies-at-just-43/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Eckersley_(computer_scientist)
  3. A cipher key was written in the form of a defined monomer sequence, dissolved in isopropanol and mixed with glycerol and soot. This created an ink that was used to write a letter. The 256-bit cipher key was successfully recovered by the recipient of the letter by extracting with dichloromethane and following instructions for sequencing. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acscentsci.2c00460
  4. Microsoft SEAL prior to v3.6 using the Brakerski/Fan-Vercauteren (BFV) protocol is vulnerable to a power-based side-channel attack. Aydin Aysu at North Carolina State University demonstrated that by monitoring power consumption in a device that is encoding data for homomorphic encryption, you can read the data as it is being encrypted. https://securityboulevard.com/2022/06/researchers-demonstrate-they-can-steal-data-during-homomorphic-encryption/
  5. Microsoft SEAL is an open-source homomorphic encryption library that enables running computations directly on encrypted data. A cloud provider does not have unencrypted access to the data they are storing and computing on. SEAL comes with two homomorphic encryption schemes. BFV allows modular arithmetic on encrypted integers. CKKS allows additions and multiplications on encrypted real or complex numbers, but yields only approximate results. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/microsoft-seal/
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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.
  7. 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
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