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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.
  2. 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
  3. 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/
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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/
  8. 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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    VeraCrypt

    VeraCrypt 1.24-Update8 (November 28th 2020)has been released for MacOSX 10.9 and later. It fixes compatibility issues with macOS Big Sur, especially on Apple Silicon M1 with macFUSE 4.0.x.
  10. DiskCryptor has been modified by the Mamba ransomware. The FBI have advised that if any of the DiskCryptor files are detected prior to the second reboot, attempts should be made to determine if the myConf.txt is still accessible. If so, then the password can be recovered without paying the ransom. https://www.aha.org/system/files/media/file/2021/03/fbi-tlp-white-report-mamba-ransomware-weaponizing-diskcryptor-3-23-21.pdf
  11. DiskCryptor is a free and open-source full disk encryption system for Microsoft Windows. It allows a PC’s entire hard drive or individual partitions to be encrypted, including where the OS is installed. DiskCryptor uses either AES-256, Twofish, Serpent or a combination of cascaded algorithms in XTS mode to carry out encryption. DiskCryptor has not been updated since 2014. VeraCrypt is now used as an alternative.
  12. Elon Musk has tweeted that US orders for new Tesla cars can now be secured with the equivalent of a $100 deposit in Bitcoin, with other countries following soon. Bitcoin paid to Tesla will be retained as Bitcoin, not converted to fiat currencies.
  13. Microsoft has announced that Microsoft teams will offer End-to-End Encryption. The initial preview will be limited to 1:1 unscheduled calls, but Microsoft plans to expand this to scheduled calls and online meetings over time. https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/microsoft-teams-is-finally-getting-end-to-end-encryption-and-bunch-of-other-security-upgrades https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/2/22308915/microsoft-teams-end-to-end-encryption-support-e2ee
  14. Libgcrypt is a general-purpose crypto module developed for GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG), a free software implementation of the OpenPGP standard. The Libgcrypt update to v1.9.0 was released on 19th January 2021. It included faster implementations for Poly1305 and ChaCha, and improved use of AES-NI to speed up AES-XTS (6 times faster). https://lists.gnupg.org/pipermail/gnupg-announce/2021q1/000453.html Unfortunately Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy reported a severe flaw in this update. The identified bug is a heap buffer overflow and it's considered rather serious because it's easily exploitable. Previous versions are not affected. Upgrading to v1.9.1 is recommended.
  15. Federally Chartered Banks and Thrifts May Participate in Independent Node Verification Networks and Use Stablecoins for Payment Activities https://www2.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2021/nr-occ-2021-2.html WASHINGTON—The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today published a letter clarifying national banks’ and federal savings associations’ authority to participate in independent node verification networks (INVN) and use stablecoins to conduct payment activities and other bank-permissible functions. “While governments in other countries have built real-time payments systems, the United States has relied on our innovation sector to deliver real-time payments technologies. Some of those technologies are built and managed by bank consortia and some are based on independent node verification networks such as blockchains,” said Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks. “The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets recently articulated a strong framework for ushering in an era of stablecoin-based financial infrastructure, identifying important risks while allowing those risks to be managed in a technology-agnostic way. Our letter removes any legal uncertainty about the authority of banks to connect to blockchains as validator nodes and thereby transact stablecoin payments on behalf of customers who are increasingly demanding the speed, efficiency, interoperability, and low cost associated with these products.” The agency letter concludes a national bank or federal savings association may validate, store, and record payments transactions by serving as a node on an INVN. Likewise, a bank may use INVNs and related stablecoins to carry out other permissible payment activities. In deploying these technologies, a bank must comply with applicable law and safe, sound, and fair banking practices. Engaging in INVN within the federal banking system may enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and stability of payments activities and achieve the benefits of real-time payments already enjoyed in other countries. For example, such activities may be more resilient than other payment networks because of the decentralized nature of INVNs, which allows a comparatively large number of nodes to verify transactions in a trusted manner. An INVN also limits tampering or adding inaccurate information to the database because information is only added to the network after consensus is reached among the nodes validating the information. Banks must also be aware of potential risks when conducting INVN-related activities, including operational risks, compliance risk, and fraud. New technologies require enough technological expertise to ensure banks can manage these risks in a safe and sound manner. Banks have experience with managing such risks, which are similar to those of other electronic activities expressly permitted for banks, including providing electronic custody services, acting as a digital certification authority, and providing data processing services. Among the compliance risks, banks should guard against potential money laundering activities and terrorist financing by adapting and expanding their compliance programs to ensure compliance with the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act and to address the particular risks of cryptocurrency transactions. Banks should develop and implement new activities consistently with sound risk management practices and should align with banks’ overall business plans and strategies.
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