Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Considers Outlawing Encryption (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Considers Outlawing Encryption. “Well, here we go again. According to Politico, on Wednesday, at Trump’s National Security Council meeting, a proposal was floated that the administration should back legislation that would outlaw encryption. Of course, that’s not how it’ll be framed should they actually decide to go down this path. Instead, they’ll be nonsense about ‘responsible encryption’ and ‘lawful access.’ But, make no mistake, what’s being proposed is outlawing encryption.”

Wired: A Plan to Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Encryption

Wired: A Plan to Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Encryption. “Data breaches and exposures have become so common these days, it’s difficult to keep track of them all, much less step back to mull a solution. But, perhaps out of necessity, researchers from the database giant MongoDB have spent the past two years developing a new database encryption scheme aimed squarely at reducing these damaging incidents. Their secret weapon? Radical simplicity.”

CNBC: Tesla cars keep more data than you think, including this video of a crash that totaled a Model 3

CNBC: Tesla cars keep more data than you think, including this video of a crash that totaled a Model 3. “Crashed Tesla vehicles, sold at junk yards and auctions, contain deeply personal and unencrypted data including info from drivers’ paired mobile devices, and video showing what happened just before the accident.”

Wired: HTTPS Isn’t Always As Secure As It Seems

Wired: HTTPS Isn’t Always As Secure As It Seems . “Widespread adoption of the web encryption scheme HTTPS has added a lot of green padlocks—and corresponding data protection—to the web. All of the popular sites you visit every day likely offer this defense, called Transport Layer Security, or TLS, which encrypts data between your browser and the web servers it communicates with to protect your travel plans, passwords, and embarrassing Google searches from prying eyes. But new findings from researchers at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy and Tu Wien in Austria indicate that a surprising number of encrypted sites still leave these connections exposed.”

TechCrunch: These are all the federal HTTPS websites that’ll expire soon because of the US government shutdown

TechCrunch: These are all the federal HTTPS websites that’ll expire soon because of the US government shutdown . “During the government shutdown, security experts noticed several federal websites were throwing back browser errors because the TLS certificate, which lights up your browser with ‘HTTPS’ or flashes a padlock, had expired on many domains. And because so many federal workers have been sent home on unpaid leave — or worse, working without pay but trying to fill in for most of their furloughed department — expired certificates aren’t getting renewed. Renewing certificates doesn’t take much time or effort — sometimes just a click of a mouse. But some do cost money, and during a government shutdown, there isn’t any. Depending on the security level, most websites will kick back browser errors. Some won’t let you in at all until the expired certificate is renewed.”