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PGP and S/MIME encrypted email standards are unsafe: Researchers

Reuters/ 15 May 18 | 02:37 AM

European researchers have found that the popular PGP and S/MIME email encryption standards are vulnerable to being hacked and they urge users to disable and uninstall them immediately.

University researchers from Muenster and Bochum in Germany, and Leuven in Belgium, discovered the flaws in the encryption methods that can be used with popular email applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail. “There are currently no reliable fixes for the vulnerability," lead researcher Sebastian Schinzel, professor of applied cryptography at the Muenster University of Applied Sciences, said on Monday.

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“If you use PGP/GPG or S/MIME for very sensitive communication, you should disable it in your email client for now."

The team had been due to publish its full findings on Tuesday but rushed them out after the news made waves among the community of encrypted email users that includes activists and journalists working in hostile environments.


 

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