Sunday, February 24, 2008

Researchers find way to easily access encrypted data...a way that encrypted data could be stolen.

2 comments:

ThomasLB said...

The computers most at risk are laptops, because people tend to leave them in "hibernation" mode. That means there's still a little bit of power running through it, and the Bad Guys have plenty of time to take it apart and dissect the password.

It's rare though for someone to steal a laptop for the data. Usually when a thief grabs a laptop it's because he wants to sell the laptop.

So I think this technique is most likely to be used by governments- and you can thwart them easily enough just by turning your computer completely off or rebooting.

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

The government would be baffled by my laptop. I have done thousands of searches for things so varied. It's because I try to follow up on everything I ever write about....and I am interested in a lot of different topics. I literally have hundreds and thousands of searches a week. My bookmarks take about 5 minutes to go through the whole list (I need to organize those sometime soon). You always hear about the goverment seizing laptops from suspected criminals and I wonder what they would think of mine.

Anyway....I have that stupid Mozilla feature that saves what I was last working on. I told it not to install...but it did anyway. Sometimes I use it (sometimes it messes up my computer).

I just find it interesting that computers are not as protected as companies and/or corrupt individuals think they are.

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