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    We Already Know How to Stop SolarWinds-Like Hacks

    Last year, hackers made headlines after they breached SolarWinds, a software company that specializes in network monitoring software. About 33,000 organizations, including the Pentagon, the U.S. State Department, and some intelligence agencies, use Orion, one of SolarWinds’ products. Orion was designed to monitor the users’ networks to make sure they were functioning properly and, ironically, […]

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    How Classical Cryptography Will Survive Quantum Computers

    Quantum Lab: Scientists are fabricating quantum photonic circuits—consisting of waveguides and other elements—to manipulate single photons for future quantum communications and processing.Oak Ridge National Laboratory / Flickr Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, certainly raised the profile of quantum computing a few notches last year, when he gamely—if vaguely1—described it for a press conference. But […]

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    The Prison Guard with a Gift for Cracking Gang Codes

    Former correction officer Gary Klivans doesn’t want to be photographed more clearly for fear of gang retaliation.Gary Klivans As a corrections officer at a Westchester County, N.Y., prison in the 1990s, Gary Klivans was a one-man gang unit. Members of The Latin Kings and the Bloods made up a sizable part of the prison population. […]

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    The Artist of the Unbreakable Code

    Composer Edward Elgar still has cryptographers playing his tune.

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    The Cost of Cryptography

    Computer security is trying to avoid wasting your time.

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    The Artist of the Unbreakable Code

    Composer Edward Elgar still has cryptographers playing his tune.

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    Joys of Noise

    The reliability of some technologies depends on just the right amount of randomness.