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A surprisingly big number of top-name websites—Facebook and PayPal among them—recently tested positive for a critical, 19-year-old vulnerability that allowed attackers to decrypt encrypted data and sign communications using the sites’ secret encryption key.

The vulnerability in the transport layer security protocol for Web encryption was disclosed in 1998 when researcher Daniel Bleichenbacher found it in the TLS predecessor known as secure sockets layer. A flaw in the algorithm that handles RSA encryption keys responded to certain types of errors in a way that divulged potentially sensitive information. With enough specially formed queries, attackers could exploit the weakness in a way that allowed them to decrypt ciphertext even when they didn’t have the secret decryption key. SSL architects responded by designing workarounds that suppressed the error messages rather than removing or rewriting the faulty RSA algorithm.

Researchers call the class of crypto vulnerability an Oracle because it provides only “yes” or “no” answers that, over time, can reveal detailed information about the contents of encrypted data. The information allows hackers to carry out what’s known as an “adaptive chosen-ciphertext attack.”

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Apple’s original content video team continues to grow with the addition of two recently hired TV veterans who will handle business affairs for the division, reports Variety.

Philip Matthys, who previously worked for Hulu, and Jennifer Wang Grazier, who was with Legendary Entertainment, have both joined Apple. Matthys was hired last month, and Wang Grazier, who will report to Matthys, will start in January.

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Prior to joining Apple, Matthys was Hulu’s head of business affairs, the same role he has now taken at Apple. At Hulu, where he handled dealmaking and policy, Matthys worked on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Marvel’s Runaways,” “The Looming Tower,” “The First,” and “Castle Rock.”

Wang Grazier served as EVP, Business and Legal Affairs at Legendary, overseeing business and legal aspects related to TV and digital studios development. Wang Grazier worked on shows that include USA’s “Colony,” Netflix’s “Love and Lost in Space,” Hulu’s “The Looming Tower,” and Amazon’s “Carnival Row.”

Apple began building its new video division in June of 2017 with the hiring of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two former Sony executives who now report to Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue. Erlicht and Van Amburg helped produce shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Better Caul Saul,” “The Crown,” and more.

Erlicht and Amburg have made several hires since then, bringing on Matt Cherniss in August and former Amazon Studios executive Morgan Wandell in October, Michelle Lee just this month, and several other experienced TV execs over the last few months.

Apple’s video team is has so far inked deals for two shows, including a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi series “Amazing Stories” and an untitled “morning show drama” that will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

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