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Microsoft Encryption Medicine Security

Microsoft To Provide New Encryption Algorithm For the Healthcare Sector 85

An anonymous reader writes: The healthcare sector gets a hand from Microsoft, who will release a new encryption algorithm which will allow developers to handle genomic data in encrypted format, without the need of decryption, and by doing so, minimizing security risks. The new algorithm is dubbed SEAL (Simple Encrypted Arithmetic Library) and is based on homomorphic encryption, which allows mathematical operations to be run on encrypted data, yielding the same results as if it would run on the cleartext version. Microsoft will create a new tool and offer it as a free download. They've also published the theoretical research. For now, the algorithm can handle only genomic data.
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Microsoft To Provide New Encryption Algorithm For the Healthcare Sector

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 16, 2015 @06:26PM (#50943473)

    It is based on homophobic encryption!

    • by slazzy ( 864185 )
      Okay, that was funny. Where are my mod points when I need them?
    • You read it wrong. What it does mean, however, is that it's going to turn your data gay.

      Not that there's anything wrong with that. /Seinfeld

  • SEAL... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Super Easy Access Leak.
    • by cfalcon ( 779563 )

      I sorta doubt that but maybe. Either way, it's not for you to mount your drive with. AES Twofish Serpent in LUKS or Veracrypt should be used for that.

  • >> encrytped

    Someone, please buy the Dice interns a spellchecker for Christmas this year.

    • >> encrytped

      Someone, please buy the Dice interns a spellchecker for Christmas this year.

      They also need a grammar checker:

      to be ran on encrytped data

      • by cfalcon ( 779563 )

        "to be ran on encrypted data" seems like solid grammar to me. Imperfect tense, right?

        • "to be ran on encrypted data" seems like solid grammar to me. Imperfect tense, right?

          "which allows mathematical operations to be ran on encrytped data" is not proper grammar. "ran" is past tense only. "to be" is future. It should be "to be run on encrypted data."

          • by cfalcon ( 779563 )

            Ran in the indicative is past tense.
            Ran in the subjunctive is imperfect tense.

            Since this referring to a possible future execution of the program being discussed, "ran" seems to fit perfectly as subjunctive imperfect.

  • What types of mathematical operations are done on genomic data? I know nothing about it, but it doesn't seem like that's the kind of data you'd be performing mathematical operations on.
    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Think back to the PRISM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org] idea of advanced, gov friendly US cryptography.
      The system will keep out random hospital workers, secretaries, dr's, nurses, visitors, 3rd party developers and will pass any state, federal, out side 3rd party tests that the data is totally secure after and during networking.
      So the "genomic data" will be safe until the government copies it in a readable form for law enforcement needs. Law enforcement always has a warrant so access is always allowed
      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        Of course you can create all the illusion of security you want but when you have an operating system with a built in keylogger (M$ Windows 10) then all the security is wasted unless you encrypt it prior to entry into those operating system or any functioning, goal or target typed in by the user at their terminal unless they themselves personally are encrypted. So M$, let's punch holes all over our OS to sell advertising and people's private data and then 'er' 'um' security yes, M$ are all about security. Y

  • You know what this could lead to?! A mandatory Windows(TM) license for every human on earth!

  • by Myria ( 562655 ) on Monday November 16, 2015 @10:01PM (#50944745)

    "SEAL" is the name of a patented cipher from 1994 [wikipedia.org].

    Let me introduce you to my new encryption algorithm, Alien Encoding System (AES). Because that won't conflict at all with existing ciphers...

    • I think they need to come up with a better IDEA.

    • Yep, I was going to say the same thing. Cisco has supported SEAL as a VPN crypto algorithm for quite a while. Not only has it been around for a long time but it's actually in commercial software (e.g. Cisco IOS) and has been refined several times (version 3 came out in 1997). Clearly Microsoft didn't do their due diligence on the name...

  • Encrypting data using a homomorphic encryption scheme allows for meaningful computation on the encrypted data producing the results of the computation in encrypted form, without the need for decrypting it or requiring access to the decryption key.

    How long until someone comes up with a blockchain scheme that pays out for computational work done on encrypted data sets?

    • > How long until someone comes up with a blockchain scheme that pays out for computational work done on encrypted data sets?

      How long until you stop trying to crowbar your buttcoins into every last use-case you can think of in an effort to prop up your failed investment long enough for you to break even after 2 years?
  • Surely it has to be taken as a given that anything from Microsoft is fatally compromised with respect to privacy.
  • So that means it will start being adopted in about 20 to 30 years, at least 6 months after the government deadline to do so.
  • Normally I'm always a scientific progressive but something about this idea horrifies me. Doing analysis on data while it still remains encrypted? better hope that nothing goes wrong, better hope that there isn't some hidden unknown variable that develops. Kind of like a magic trick and magic tricks have a habit of going wrong..

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