Chinese engineers have allegedly cracked Skype's Internet telephony protocol, according to a Thursday blog posting.
If the blog posting is correct, software developers who currently don't have access to Skype's protocol could develop and sell alternative Skype clients. This could prove problematic for eBay, which has kept the protocol private since acquiring Skype last year. In a statement, a Skype representative acknowledged but dismissed the claim.
Reports of data theft often conjure up images of malicious hackers breaking into remote databases to filch Social Security numbers, credit card records and other personal information.
But a lot of the time, the scenario is much simpler: A careless worker at a company or agency with weak security policies falls prey to a low-tech street thug who runs off with a laptop loaded with private data.
PGP is often thought of as an encryption system, but your private key is a digital signature that can prove who your message comes from, as well as showing that it hasn’t been tampered with.
THE University of Melbourne has announced a $9 million international joint venture to commercialise anti-eavesdropper technology based on quantum cryptography.“Using a unique diamond-based device which produces a single photon of light, we will be able to detect eavesdroppers and stop highly sensitive information being intercepted or stolen,” said Quantum Communications Victoria (QCV) CEO and University of Melbourne researcher Dr Shane Huntington.
While still considered the most crucial aspect of data protection, encryption alone will no longer keep your data safe from hackers and thieves. If businesses don’t develop a multi-faceted arsenal of security weapons, they are easy targets for data theft.
Encryption is a powerful weapon in the CIO’s data protection arsenal. But the multi-faceted threats abound today reveal that it is not the only way to reliably protect your data.