Saturday, July 20, 2024

Hacker Group of 1980s is Back with Secure Coding Framework for Developers

Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) is one of the oldest and most highly influential hacking groups that was formed at the end of the 1980s.

This group was once responsible for distributing hacking tools and pointing out flaws in software companies, shaming them to improve their security posture.

However, Cult of the Dead Cow is now back with a coding framework that can be used by developers who are willing to use strong encryption and renounce revenue from targeted ads based on the users’ detailed information gathered, as most social media apps do now.

Government Eroding Privacy

There have been several cases where the government is asking application owners to sell the encryption details to the government so as to disclose the content and user identities to the government on demand. 

Many tech giants like Apple, Meta, and Signal are struggling to fight the Online Safety Bill passed by the Britain Government.

As part of this, the CDC has released a framework known as “Veilid,” which can develop applications that work similarly to peer-to-peer network sharing like BitTorrent.

Cindy Cohn, the executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, said, “It’s great that people are developing an end-to-end encryption framework for everything. We can move past the surveillance business model.”

Biggest minds of Cybersecurity in cDc

The hacking group had numerous members who were highly skillful in the field of cybersecurity and have helped a lot towards securing the application and security posture for top tech firms.

Two of the cDc persons were responsible for disclosing a critical flaw in one of the most widely used software and coordinated with the vendors for patching them.

One of them was Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a former head of security at Twitter and Stripe, and the other was Christien Rioux, the founder of Veracode.

Veilid” is one of the biggest releases in over a decade, coding for more than three years, as per reports from Washinton Post.

However, no documentation was released regarding the design choices and collaborative work on the initial messaging app which does not require mobile numbers.

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