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Shi's Encryption Work Highlighted in MIT Technology Review


Elaine Shi, an assistant professor of computer science with appointments in UMIACS and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, is part of a team of researchers featured in MIT Technology Review for their work on a prototype browser extension called ShadowCrypt, which makes it easy for users to send and receive encrypted text on Twitter, Facebook or any other website.

Using ShadowCrypt, a person who writes or is authorized to read a tweet or e-mail sees normal text. The site operator or anyone else looking at or intercepting the posting would see a garbled string of letters and numbers.

To use ShadowCrypt, you install the extension and then create encryption keys for each website you wish to use it with. A small padlock icon at the corner of every text box is the only indication that ShadowCrypt is hiding the garbled encrypted version that will be submitted when sent or posted.

Read more here.

November 6, 2014


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