Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims

Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims

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Marcus Hutchins arrested over his alleged role in creating Kronos malware targeting bank accounts Marcus Hutchins at his workstation in Ilfracombe, England. He was arrested in Las Vegas after attending an annual hacking conference. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old British security researcher who was credited with stopping the WannaCry outbreak in its tracks by discovering a hidden “kill switch” for the malware, has been arrested by the FBI over his alleged involvement in separate malicious software targeting bank accounts. According to an indictment released by the US Department of Justice on Thursday, Hutchins is accused of having helped to create, spread and maintain the banking trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015. The Kronos malware was spread through emails with malicious attachments such as compromised Microsoft Word documents, and…
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Shh! Proven security for your secrets

Shh! Proven security for your secrets

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How do we know if the electronic keys we use in our devices are really secure? While it is possible to rigorously test the strength of a cipher -- a kind of digital data lock -- there are rarely any definitive proofs of unbreakability. Ciphers are highly complex, and while they may ward off certain attacks, they might be vulnerable to others. Now, in a series of papers published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEICE Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications, researchers from Kyoto University have definitively demonstrated the strength of a cipher which is based on principles of chaos theory. The group's Vector Stream Cipher -- or VSC -- this is the first example of a 128-bit key chaotic cipher with provable security. "We first developed…
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