A union representing U.S. government workers says it believes detailed personal information on millions of current and former federal employees that was stolen by hackers was not encrypted.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) said the attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) resulted in the theft of all personnel data for every federal employee.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook echoed words from the security community on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s current push for backdoor encryption, which could weaken the current mobile encryption techniques used by Apple, Google and other technology companies.
Speaking at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington DC, Cook said “So let me be crystal clear: Weakening encryption or taking it away harms good people who are using it for the right reason,” and called the FBI plea for removal of mobile encryption “incredibly dangerous.”
"A lot of what we're talking about tonight isn't 'Here's how to make yourself totally secure and defeat the NSA, and you'll never get spied on.' It's about 'If you do these things, and if we all do these things, [surveillance will] become more expensive, and more hassle'," said Tom Sulston over a cup of tea late Friday afternoon.
Some of the technology industry's largest companies have applied pressure on President Obama over the issue of data encryption.
Random numbers in cryptography are key (pun intended). They can be a weak point in a crypto system and, consequently, are frequently the target of attack. So I've been trying to get my head around the subject of randomness.