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PC World Latest NewsAug 09, 2022
This Windows 11 encryption bug may cause data damage

The functions affected are two you've probably never heard of: either the AES XEX-based tweaked-codebook mode with ciphertext stealing (AES-XTS) or the AES with Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) (AES-GCM). As Toms' Hardware noted, the processors impacted include Intel's 10th-gen "Ice Lake" and 11th-gen "Rocket Lake" processors plus AMD's upcoming Zen 4 chips, otherwise known as the Ryzen 7000.

The problem is that both functions are used for data encryption and AES-XTS was specifically added to Windows 10 as the function underlying BitLocker encryption. BitLocker works with your PC's Trusted Platform Module (or TPM) to encrypt and protect your drive — if your laptop is lost or stolen, an attacker wouldn't be able to access your data without your PIN, your fingerprint, or your face via Windows Hello. The function is also used to secure encrypted flash drives, too.

If there's any good news, it's that keeping your PC up to date may have mitigated the data-damage problem entirely. For


Wired NewsAug 09, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Paxlovid
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NPR Topics: Research NewsFeb 21, 2022
As booster shot protections wane, here's the latest research on a 4th vaccine dose
Scientists now know that the potency of the booster shot wanes quickly after about three months. We look at the latest research on a fourth shot.
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