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Researchers crack Microsoft feature, say encryption backdoors similarly crackable

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Aug
2016
Researchers crack Microsoft feature, say encryption backdoors similarly crackable

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Researchers who uncovered a security key that protects Windows devices as they boot up say their discovery is proof that encryption backdoors do not work. The pair of researchers, credited by their hacker nicknames MY123 and Slipstream, found the cryptographic key protecting a feature called Secure Boot.

They believe the discovery highlights a problem with requests law enforcement officials have made for technology companies to provide police with some form of access to otherwise virtually unbreakable encryption that might be used by criminals.

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