Thursday, October 29, 2015

American military sites secured with dud SHA-1 cipher -The Register

America, your military fails at security. That's the message from Netcraft security expert Paul Mutton, who has found a bunch of Department of Defence (DoD) agencies issuing SHA-1 certificates.
SHA-1 is almost as old as the art of war: created in 1995, it was secure then, but now, you only need US$75,000 to buy enough cloud CPU to can crack an SHA-1 signature.
Netcraft is waging war on the stubborn protocol, and earlier this month warned that there's still aquarter of a million SHA-1 certs with expiry dates of 2017 or later.
The use of those certs in dot-mil domains, however, singles it out for special criticism, since the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has long told US government agencies that SHA-1 is no longer acceptable.....

Bth - so raping security breaches are allowed to exist due to bureaucratic inertia and incompetence.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tony Blair Iraq war apology: Families of dead soldiers describe 'revulsion' at former PM's 'spin operation’ - Independent

Families of soldiers killed in the Iraq war have described their “revulsion” towards Tony Blair’s televised apology and warned his comments are part of a “spin operation” ahead of the publication of the Chilcot report.
During a CNN interview, Mr Blair apologised for aspects of the Iraq war, including saying sorry that the intelligence behind the 2003 attack against Saddam Hussein’s regime was wrong, and admitting mistakes had taken place in the planning of the operation.

bth: I totally agree with the British KIA parents.  They cannot understand how he can sleep at night.  Also they realize that this is part of an effort by Mr. Blair at spin control because a report is quickly coming out that indicates how complicit he was in the Iraq war.  As usual bad political leaders will blame their bullshit decision on the intelligence service that cannot comment back.  It should remembers that he is also bought and paid for by Gazprom.