Are you part of the 200,000,000 club?

If you’re doing internet-banking, playing online video games or simply logging on to your company’s network, there’s a good chance the answer to this question is “YES” and here’s why. Many of these types of applications require users to login with a VASCO DIGIPASS® authenticator or token. DIGIPASS authenticators come in all shapes, sizes & colors (there are even software & mobile DIGIPASS authenticators available) but they all have one… Read more


On Monday April 7th, news broke about the so-called Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, a software library implementing the Transport Layer Security (TLS) security protocol. TLS is widely used to protect communication via websites, e-mail, instant messaging, etc. It can be recognized by the prefix “https” or by a lock in the address bar of a browser. The Heartbleed bug The Heartbleed bug allows an adversary to obtain… Read more


March 12, 2014 - Jan Valcke
cracking passwords

A while ago, Ars Technica, a US magazine, had a rather eye-opening experience. A list of 16,000 encrypted passwords was given to Nate Anderson, the publication’s Editor-in-Chief, then to three cracking experts. After a few hours’ work, Nate Anderson, though a newcomer to the field, managed to decipher nearly half of the 16,000 passwords. The three seasoned crackers between them hacked 82% of the passwords on the list in under… Read more