Security Alert: Hackers Crack Internet Encryption: Should You Be Worried?

October 6, 2011 No Comments


Data encryption is the cornerstone of Internet security. Every time you log into your email account or sign into an online retailer like Amazon, chances are that your browser is establishing a secure connection to the server using an encryption technology called TLS (Transport Layer Security).

First developed in 1999 as an improvement over SSL (Secure Socket Layer) 3.0 encryption, TLS 1.0 is used as part of HTTPS encryption and is now the Web standard for data encryption. Almost all websites and browsers use TLS to secure information being transferred between you and the site, and now security researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo claim to have cracked TSL 1.0 encryption using just a traffic sniffer and a simple bit of JavaScript code.

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