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There has been a big debate since the end of World War II regarding whether human beings should use the research and technology developed by the Nazis. Do we get rid of something that is useful or life-saving if someone bad created it? The United Kingdom is taking a chance -- WWII Nazi encryption technology will likely be used to create more secure credit cards. A plugboard positioned in front of an "Enigma" machine. During WWII, the Germans used enigma machines to generate new cyphers or codes that could be used to encrypt and decrypt military messages. The Allied forces were greatly irritated by these machines. The cyphers were generated at such a rapid pace that as soon as the Allied... Read more...
Having access to what the U.K. considers "fast broadband" is about to become a legal right, not a luxury, once Prime Minister introduces what's called a "universal service obligation." It would give residents the legal right to request affordable broadband service with speeds of no less than 10Mbps. The legislation would essentially put broadband access on the same level of water and electricity, both of which are considered basic services. It would also ensure that location isn't a factor -- all residents, no matter where they live in the U.K., would have access to 10Mbps (or faster) Internet service. "Just as our forebears brought gas, electricity, and water to all, we're going to bring fast... Read more...
Whether you use Snapchat to send goofy faces to friends and family, or fling more sultry looking photos to a lover, you probably don't want those snapshots falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately for users in the United Kingdom, new legislation could force messaging applications to be less secure so the government can peep encrypted communications.Apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, and Snapchat would all be banned as currently constructed if the new laws take effect. That's because the legislation being pushed would only allow apps to use encryption if there's a backdoor for government agents. The idea is to prevent terrorists from being able to communicate with one another without government... Read more...
The DDoS attacks that brought down Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network on Christmas Day did not sit well with consumers. But while Kim Dotcom attempted to resolve the issue by giving members of Lizard Squad, the group responsible for the DDoS attacks and looking to profit from its DDoS tool, 3,000 lifetime premium Mega accounts, there are many who wish that the members would be caught. Well, it appears that UK Police took a member of the group into custody. British law enforcement agents arrested 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, a self-professed member of Lizard Squad, on Monday when officials raided his home. The raid was confirmed by Omari who spoke to the... Read more...