Researchers make advances in database security "arms race"

Researchers make advances in database security "arms race"

Posted by Allison Linn

Seny Kamara and encrypted data

Microsoft researcher Seny Kamara and his academic colleagues have figured out a way to obtain personal information from certain encrypted databases even when the databases are being protected by a promising security method.

The encrypted database system, called CryptDB, could be undermined to reveal information in electronic medical records when the data is being used in certain ways.

The researchers are hoping the discovery will help businesses and organizations that handle sensitive information, such as electronic medical records, to understand what security precautions they should take into account even if they are using some of the latest encryption methods.

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