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US military seeks technology for remotely blowing gadgets into dust piles

US military seeks technology for remotely blowing gadgets into dust piles

On the TV show Mission: Impossible, the tape with mission instructions always self-destructed, sometimes crumbling and sometimes going up in smoke. The US military wants that to happen in real life with electronics that shatter and turn to dust on command.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Get up to date with everything we wrote in the past seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

IBM takes a big new step in cryptography: practical homomorphic encryption

IBM just released an open source software package called HELib.

HE stands for *homomorphic encryption*, and HELib is an important cryptographic milestone.

Paul Ducklin explains why...

Apple's Siri voiceprints raise privacy concerns

Apple's Siri voiceprints raise privacy concerns

Most of us likely wouldn't want Apple to store a copy of our DNA or our fingerprints, but that's pretty much what it's doing with another one of our biometric identifiers: namely, our voices.

Aldi supermarkets withdraw infected hard disks

Aldi supermarkets withdraw infected hard disks

Supermarket giant Aldi joins an extensive club of companies which have shipped devices with a pre-installed virus - in Aldi's case, for the second time!

Pfizer's Facebook page hacked - don't be next!

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Pharmaceutical megacorp Pfizer's Facebook page was defaced a couple of days ago, quite literally by script kiddies.

How safe is your organisation's social media presence from depredations of this sort?

IBM distributes USB malware cocktail at AusCERT security conference

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Sheesh. This must rank as one of the most embarrassing things a security company can do at a security conference. IBM has admitted that the complimentary USB drives it handed out this week at the AusCERT conference on the Gold Read more…