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Glitch imperils swath of encrypted records

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 12/26/2012 @ 11:48 pm In U.S.,World | No Comments

(Washington Times) A widely used method of computer encryption has a little-noticed problem that could allow confidential data stored by almost all Fortune 500 companies and everything stored on U.S. government classified computers to be “fairly easily” stolen or destroyed.

The warning comes from the inventor of the encryption method, known as Secure Shell or SSH.

“In the worst-case scenario, most of the data on the servers of every company in the developed world gets wiped out,” Tatu Ylonen, chief executive officer of SSH Communications Security Corp., told The Washington Times.

Mr. Ylonen said a computer programmer could create a virus that would exploit SSH’s weaknesses and spread throughout servers to steal, distort or destroy confidential data.

“It would take days, perhaps only hours,” to write such a virus, he said.


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