Tag: Signal

EFF Warns Against PGP, Reveals Vulnerabilities

EFF Warns Against PGP, Reveals Vulnerabilities

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently advised users to immediately disable or uninstall PGP upon discovering a number of vulnerabilities that could reveal the contents of email previously thought to be encrypted. EFF’s claims were supported by researchers who also said that there are currently no known fixes for the flaws and told users to instead consider using end-to-end secure channels, such as Signal. The foundation has also created guides for disabling PGP in Outlook using Thunderbird and Enigmail, Gpg4win, and Apple Mail with GPGTools. GnuPG however, tweeted that the EFF merely found mail clients which do not properly check […]

Amazon Threatens to Shut Down Signal’s Account for Evading Censorship

Amazon Threatens to Shut Down Signal’s Account for Evading Censorship

Amazon recently announced a change to its Amazon Web Services which will end the practice of domain fronting. In relation to this, the ecommerce giant also sent a warning letter to encrypted messaging app Signal, threatening to cut its CloudFront account if it continues to use Amazon’s sites to avoid censorship. Domain fronting uses a content delivery network’s architecture to hide the actual destination of encrypted Internet traffic. Signal had previously used Google’s services, but switched to Amazon after the search giant got rid of the domain fronting scheme from its network. Signal had reportedly used Google’s App Engine, and […]

Skype, Signal, Slack, Twitch Affected by Software Framework Flaw

Skype, Signal, Slack, Twitch Affected by Software Framework Flaw

Last Monday, the Electron team revealed that it had patched a bug that affects the Electron framework, a a popular software-building framework used by a number of desktop apps such as Skype, Signal, Slack, Basecamp, WordPress.com, Twitch, Ghost, and others. The remote code execution vulnerability in Electron only affects Windows apps. The team also included a workaround for developers whose apps cannot be updated to the new Electron framework code, but warned that attackers may soon find a way to exploit it. Microsoft also announced that it has updated Windows Defender so that it can detect any attempts of attackers […]

Bipartisan Harvard Panel Releases Election Anti-Hacking Recommendations

Bipartisan Harvard Panel Releases Election Anti-Hacking Recommendations

A bipartisan panel from Harvard University released yesterday a 27-page guidebook which details their recommendations on how authorities can protect elections from hacking attempts. Some of the recommendations include the use of two-factor authentication and encrypted messaging services such as Signal and Wickr. The set of guidelines, which were revealed ahead to Reuters, are said to include measures which cost little to nothing, but are expected to reduce risks in both local and Congressional contests next year. NSA vet Debora Plunkett who is involved in the project said that the “cyber playbook” is intended to be a realistic, helpful, and […]