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Yahoo Implements Default Encryption; Speakers Canceling Due To NSA Claims


January 8, 2014

Yahoo has begun automatically encrypting Yahoo Mail users’ connections. Automatic HTTPS is now the default. The move is in response to concerns about government surveillance. Google recently made a similar change, and Microsoft and Facebook have announced stronger encryption keys will be coming in the future. Meanwhile, following allegations that a major security firm accepted $10 million from the National Security Agency to implement an “intentional cryptographic flaw” in one of its encryption tools, several high-profile security experts have begun canceling their appearance at the firm’s annual conference, CNET reports.
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