Critical PGP and S/MIME bugs can reveal encrypted e-mails. Uninstall now

Happy Monday.

The Internet’s two most widely used methods for encrypting e-mail–PGP and S/Mime–are vulnerable to hacks that can reveal the plaintext of encrypted messages, a researcher warned late Sunday night. He went on to say there are no reliable fixes and to advise anyone who uses either encryption standard for sensitive communications to remove them immediately from e-mail clients.

Read the full article at arstechnica.com.

Think You’ve Got Your Credit Freezes Covered? Think Again.

This is infuriating! Equifax has a handy little backdoor way of getting around credit freezes to still make money off of our data. (Not to mention the other companies that have easy access without much oversight.)

I spent a few days last week speaking at and attending a conference on responding to identity theft. The forum was held in Florida, one of the major epicenters for identity fraud complaints in United States.

Read the full article at krebsonsecurity.com.

Robert N. Hall, 96, Whose Inventions Are Everywhere, Is Dead

It’s sad that some who influenced so much is not well known.

Robert N. Hall’s legacy can be found at almost every checkout counter — that little red blinking laser scanner that reads bar codes on milk cartons, boxes of light bulbs, price tags dangling from a new jacket and just about everything else that can be bought in a store.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com.

Introducing Watchtower 2.0: The turret becomes a castle

My favorite password manager gets even better. Check out the new features designed to help you keep your passwords secure.

Introducing the all new Watchtower – it is absolutely gorgeous, and appears to be rather timely! Twitter asked their 330 million users to change their password yesterday due to a security snafu, putting privacy and security at the forefront of everyone’s mind once again.

Read the full article at blog.agilebits.com.

Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies

Even hackers risk impact from poor operational processes.

Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade’s worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetrate software and gaming companies in the US, Europe, Russia, and elsewhere.

Read the full article at arstechnica.com.