Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Big Tech Pushing for Email Encryption Standards

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Comcast and LinkedIn have submitted a proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force (yes, that is really an organization) aimed at encrypting email messages by eliminating "man-in-the-middle" attacks.

The underlying technology behind email has remained largely unchanged since first becoming available and hackers have long been able to insert fake digital certificates into messages - allowing email to be sent to unsecured servers.

If adopted, it is estimated that the encrypted messages sent out and received by Gmail, for example, could go up from 83 to 69 percent, respectively, to a hundred percent.


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