EFail Vulnerability Underscores Need For Email Encryption

EFail Vulnerability Underscores Need For Email Encryption

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Over the past week, European digital security researchers published a paper which uncovered a new vulnerability in a widely used form of email encryption. The vulnerability lets hackers insert malicious codes into intercepted emails, giving them access to the entire inbox of a given target. However, before any enterprise starts pulling out their servers, it should be noted that the vulnerability only impacts two of the most commonly used encryption protocols, notably PGP and S/MIME.

While this makes a number of clients like Apple Mail, and the Mail app on iOS, Windows and Thunderbird vulnerable, many of the existing…

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