Privacy no more. Open source software is publically available for free...

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by overangry, Sep 9, 2011.

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  1. overangry

    overangry Registered Member

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    Researchers crack Windows code for online activity monitoring


    The key to the technology, reports the New Scientist, comes from unlocking Microsoft’s encryption.

    The majority of sensitive data on a hard drive, including browsing history, site logins and passwords, uses an algorithm to generate an encryption key based on the standard Windows login.

    Last year, Bursztein and his colleagues discovered how this system works—making them the only team in the world, other than Microsoft, able to decrypt the files. Now the team have made their discovery public, with free access.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/20...-unlocks-online-history/?mod=google_news_blog

    http://news.techeye.net/security/researchers-crack-windows-code-for-online-activity-monitoring

    EDIT: posted same link twice
     
  2. x942

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    So glad I use FDE :D I do hope MS pushes an update to fix this. Then again what data is encrypted like this anyways? Cookies aren't, web history isn't cache isn't. I can use all of that to get the same information. So what does this do exactly?
     
  3. Hungry Man

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    Now that it's been made public I really hope they update...
     
  4. J_L

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    Another privacy issue on Windows, just great.
     
  5. x942

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    After reading more about this it seems like nothing new. Anything this opens up I can already get just from history, cache, cookies, etc. So really if you aren't wiping those files, you already had these issues. I can see everywhere you went and what you did. FDE is really the only way to remain secure in this day and age yet so many people think it is paranoia. Really it is necessary. If you don't use it I can just boot off a flash drive and dump everything.
     
  6. m00nbl00d

    m00nbl00d Registered Member

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    What is FDE? I'm not familiar with that. :oops:
     
  7. J_L

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    Full drive encryption via TrueCrypt, BitLocker, etc.

    This software doesn't seem to be available yet.
     
  8. m00nbl00d

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    OK. Thanks. :thumb: For a moment I got lost. :D
     
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