Signal partners with Microsoft to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype

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In collaboration with Signal, Microsoft is introducing a Private Conversations feature in Skype, powered by Signal Protocol. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Google Allo already use this technology. The protocol combines the Double Ratchet Algorithm, prekeys, and a triple Diffie–Hellman (3-DH) handshake, and uses Curve25519AES-256 and HMAC-SHA256 as primitives.

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WPA3 to be Released in 2018

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces enhancements and new features for Wi-Fi Protected Access®, the essential family of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ security technologies for more than a decade. Wi-Fi Alliance is launching configuration, authentication, and encryption enhancements across its portfolio to ensure Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices continue to implement state of the art security protections.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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A fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.

Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel’s virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming Patch Tuesday: these changes were seeded to beta testers running fast-ring Windows Insider builds in November and December.

Crucially, these updates to both Linux and Windows will incur a performance hit on Intel products.

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IT Crisis in India: 56,000 Layoffs and Counting

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For Indian techies, 2017 was the stuff of nightmares.

One of the top employment generators until a few years ago, India’s $160 billion IT industry laid off more than 56,000 employees this year. Some analysts believe this spree was worse than the one during the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile, hiring plummeted, with entry-level openings having more than halved in 2017, according to experts.

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Office 365 Discontinuing Support for TLS 1.0 – Mar. 1, 2018

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On March 1, 2018, Microsoft Office 365 will disable support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1. This means that, starting on March 1, 2018, all client-server and browser-server combinations must use TLS 1.2 or later protocol versions to be able to connect without issues to Office 365 services. This may require certain client-server and browser-server combinations to be updated.

This is going to directly affect anyone who has TLS 1.0 on in IE to interface with financial institutions that still use it (i.e. Trusteer) or web-based applications that also use it (i.e. Yardi). They’re going to have to use Firefox/Chrome to get to their email instead, is really all it is.

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