Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NSA Announces Secure Guidance Program - FPGAs

 This program works to develop Secure Implementation Guides (SIGs) to help explain the unique implementation of the numerous Security Features within each vendor’s product family.

The Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC and IGLOO2 FPGA product families have completed the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) Secure Implementation Guidelines (SIG) document.
SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs integrate flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required high performance communication interfaces on one chip.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

How to use OpenPGP to encrypt your email messages and files in the cloud


 While OpenPGP isn’t quite “set it and forget it” technology, it is very effective—so effective, in fact, that instead of trying to crack the encryption, some government agencies have resorted to issuing subpoenas for private keys and passwords.
While this tutorial doesn’t provide you with an NSA-defeating level of protection (you still have much to learn, grasshopper), you now have the basics for keeping your information private from most casual attacks.

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99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: What use of  weak encryption at all ?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

USB 3.0 Promoter Group Announces USB Type-C Connector


The USB Type-C connector is a major breakthrough that combines 10 Gbps high-speed
communication with charging capability scalable upto 100W, while consolidating numerous
cables into one robust, unique cable with reversible plug orientation and cable direction that
significantly improves the user experience


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99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Apple's patent on July 24, 2014 is given here.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FBI's Meta errors



 "We found that the FBI's corrective measures have not completely eliminated potential intelligence violations resulting from typographical errors in the identification of a telephone number, email address, or social security number in an NSL," the report reads. "These typographical errors cause the FBI to request and, in some instances receive, the information of someone other than the intended target of the NSL."
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Black Hat: More Internet-Scale Bugs Are Likely Lurking


A survey of software libraries used in many companies’ products suggests we may see more incidents like the Heartbleed bug.
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Free: This tool can make 15nm mask for your chip

Free: This tool can make 15nm mask for your chip
They issued FreePDK45 in 2007 to facilitate design at the 45 nm scale. That software was used for educational purposes at hundreds of institutions, and was cited in more than 200 scholarly papers.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Why Every Chip Can Be Hacked With This Tool


Focused ion beam technology is an ingenious technique, developed as a tool to aid in the development, manufacturing, and reworking of chips. But it also can be used to hack them
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously



Blaze says the algorithm scanning system Snowden describes sounds similar to the government’s recent Einstein 2 (.pdf) and Einstein 3 (.pdf) programs, which use network sensors to identify malicious attacks aimed at U.S. government systems. If that system were secretly being extended to cover all U.S. systems, without public debate, that would be a concern.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Intel's first 7 nm node only in 2020


Moore's law is not dead still, but is deadly slow.
Bob Colwell, Intel: “For planning horizons, I pick 2020 as the earliest date we could call [Moore's law] dead,” Colwell said. “You could talk me into 2022, but whether it will come at 7 or 5nm, it’s a big deal.”
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99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK:  Moore is dead in 2022, at 5nm.

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