Eric Schmidt said recently that encrypting everything can end government censorship in a decade. Activists battling China's Great Firewall say why wait, when we just did it in a fraction of the time?
US officials certainly don't like that he published top-secret documents, but they say that legally, he hasn't committed a crime - at least, not that they've determined so far. They've refrained from formally closing the grand jury investigation, though, so maybe they're holding out hope.
Paul Ducklin looks why hackers are more than merely interested in online Bitcoin repositories - and why you need more than just a hunch about a repository's trustworthiness before you hand over your Bitcoin data.
Chet and Duck dig into the good and bad of the week's news, from the amusing "Happy Hour Virus", through Twitter's implementation of forward secrecy, to LG's data-grabbing TVs and the company's unamusingly casual attitude...
Aaaaaaaaand they're OFF! Encrypted (unsalted? unhashed?!) passwords are out of the gate, heading into the first turn toward potential decryption by cybercrooks. Anybody care to place bets on how many of those passwords are reused on other sites?
A study by risk analysis firm BitSight reveals US financial companies are best protected from cyberattacks, followed by the energy and retail sectors, while tech firms are left trailing.
Activists have uploaded mirrored copies of blocked sites to cloud hosting services, challenging China to block major brands like Amazon and Google cloud hosting, or allow freer access to banned material. How long can the Great Firewall last?
Don't want the entire Facebook-using and -abusing population to see your friends list? You could set your friend list to private, but fat lot of good that will do, given a researcher's discovery that Facebook sucks out and displays our friends in "People You May Know" feeds, in spite of the setting.
The story of LG's "data stealing" TVs continues to twist and turn, with LG now on its third version of what happened, and why.
LG is sorry for the confusion caused by reports of problems, but not for the problems themselves - in fact, it doesn't seem to think they're a problem at all...
In case you missed anything last week, here's a roundup of everything we wrote in the last seven days.
Created by an advertising agency in Boulder, Colorado, the web-borne Happy Hour Virus lets you deliberately simulate a security problem in order to leave work early.
Paul Ducklin stayed back late to take a look...
Is CryptoLocker, with its $300 extortion, the most cynical and odious cybercrime on the go at the moment?
Paul Ducklin wonders...
The UK in 2007 gave the go-ahead to the US National Security Agency (NSA) to snoop on innocent Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing, new documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show.
Can you believe that a brand loyalty company would take two weeks to tell its loyal customers their data had been stolen? Oh, and that it wasn't encrypted, either?
What does this tell us about security? Find out in the latest episode of the Chet Chat...
Four cyber security experts have delivered to the US Congress a unanimous opinion: Americans shouldn't use HealthCare.gov, given its security issues.