Monday, 5 December 2016

Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - December 5, 2016


Policy
their legislation today could be yours tomorrow

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A panel of Thailand’s National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has proposed that cybersecurity policy and operation be handled by the nation’s military and police officers. The proposal, part of a larger cybersecurity study, was approved by the NRSA, 141-1.





Privacy, Surveillance and Censorship
government isn't always on your side

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Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service has received $160 million USD to crack the encryption of messaging services such as WhatsApp and Telegram. Said Chancellor Angela Merkel, “We can not afford to put our hands in our lap and trust in the efforts of others.”




Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

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The Jamaican Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology recently conducted a cybersecurity training for 80 information and communications technology (ICT) experts. “This increased use of technology, not only brings increased opportunities for economic development and growth, but also increased opportunities for cybercrime,” acknowledged Trevor Forrest, senior advisor to the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology.



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An open letter to the United States Congress has requested an investigation into reports of hacking by foreign powers, especially Russia, and its potential effect on the results of the recent American presidential election. The letter was drafted by scholars of cybersecurity, national defense, authoritarian regimes and free and fair elections.

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This week’s Internet Governance Forum in Mexico will focus on human rights and encryption, the 8th topic covered by the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom. The research presented will provide insight into the connection between encryption and human rights, especially as it pertains to media and communications.





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Thursday, 1 December 2016

SumTips: What to Say When the Internet Goes Off

The Gambia goes to the polls on December 1, but the election’s legitimacy is already under attack. Dictatorial President Yahya Jammeh has been in power since 1994 and, by the looks of a November 30 internet and phone shutdown, has no intention of leaving office. However, as with most attempts to silence dissent, Gambia’s recent blackout has only brought more global attention to the country’s inequities:








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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - November 24, 2016


Privacy, Surveillance and Censorship
government isn't always on your side

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Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan was charged under Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Act for “uploading offensive videos with the intent of annoying others.” The videos showed a news conference that asked for the resignation of Attorney General Mohamad Apandi Ali; if convicted, Gan could be jailed for as much as one year.





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In response to South African cricket match fixing, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced it may begin to look at players’ communications. ACU head Ronnie Flanagan stated, “As the world changes and as people use different means of communicating with each other through social media—WhatsApp, Snapchat, all of these things—we have to keep ahead of these things.”

 

Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

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The Norton Cyber Security Insights Report revealed contradictory behaviors in India’s approach to Wi-Fi: “Most people in the survey have WiFi at home, and yet many leave their WiFi unprotected without a password. They are worried about data loss, privacy and security, and yet are okay installing an app which will give them access to, say public WiFi, which is dangerous behavior,” reported Country Manager Ritesh Chopra.

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Abu Dhabi’s RSA Conference shed light on both the good and the bad of cybersecurity in the United Arab Emirates. “The UAE, in terms of security, is pretty good. There is recognition. They are willing to do more about handling the challenges. But are they evolving with the threat? They are not advancing,” reported RSA’s Azeem Aleem. 




Cyberattacks
the threats we all face

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Malaysian ethical hacker Fong Choong Fook recently warned that distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks will continue to be a threat for the next 3-5 years: “Any device that has an IP (Internet Protocol) address – a smart TV, Playstation and even when a user’s iPhone uses home WiFi—is vulnerable to hackers who will then use them to attack a target.”

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An attack on online dating service Friend Finder Network has affected and leaked the email addresses and passwords of more than 400 million accounts. The attack follows a May 2015 hack of 3.5 million Friend Finder Network accounts. The United States-based site has users worldwide.





Looking Back
a new glimpse at past alerts

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Although many voices from outside China have opposed the country’s new cyber law, two tech giants from within—Alibaba and Tencent—have only praise to give. Incidentally, Tencent has been working diligently with the state to “clean up content” and remove 80,000 videos from its website. 






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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

SumTips: How to Protect Yourself Online in Uncertain Times

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In 2016, the digital era giveth and the digital era taketh away. Citizens everywhere—from those outraged at the Turkish government to those outraged at the results of the American presidential election—have the power to use the internet to communicate their innermost thoughts, feelings and desires, but also risk persecution if those sentiments fall into the wrong hands.

Digital rights defender Access Now has created “A First Look at Digital Security,” an easy-to-access guide to enhancing security for those who choose to challenge the status quo online:

If you are a journalist:
  • Protect your sources; correspondence with editors; time-sensitive research and written drafts.
  • Use encrypted emails, instant messenger, texts, voice apps and document sharing daily; a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when on untrusted Wi-Fi; and full-disk encryption when going through security checkpoints.

If you are an activist or blogger:
  • Protect your research and data; online accounts; and correspondence with other activists.
  • Use two-factor authentication and strong passwords; security checkups offered by social media platforms; full-disk encryption and encryption of flash drives, hard drives and all other sensitive files; expanded short urls; and anonymous chat.

If you are a civil rights defender:
  • Protect the financial information of donors and employees; contact information of partners and clients; integrity of your organization; and private documents.
  • Use the latest version of available software; strong passwords; a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when on untrusted Wi-Fi; caution with opening links and attachments; full-disk encryption when going through security checkpoints; and discretion in personal postings online.

If you are a student engaged in a movement:
  • Protect your personal privacy; online identity and persona(s); and access to information.
  • Use circumvention and anonymity tools (including VPNs); privacy enhancing browser extensions; regular clearing of chat history; anonymous chat; separate online personas; and discretion in personal postings online.

If you are you:
  • You just might find that everything above applies.

Right now, the election of Donald Trump to the American presidency has much of the United States wondering what exactly is the status quo and what online sentiments will be respected and protected, a state of uncertainty not unlike what individuals worldwide face daily. Check out the guide and if you need more support, the Access Now Helpline is there for you: help@accessnow.org.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - November 17, 2016


Research and Initiatives
making the world a more cybersecure place

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Android 7 users: beware of brute-force unlocking. American developer Ethan “Dees Troy” Yonker found a security-compromising encryption password file that is saved on the device.


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The East African Community—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—is looking to build a cyber and forensics intelligence center in order to confront cross-border cybercrime. “We need to promote and strengthen cooperation and innovation,” said Rwanda’s inspector general of police, Emmanuel Gasana.

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A memorandum of agreement has been signed by Cybersecurity Malaysia and Korea’s Internet & Security Agency (KISA). The two agencies agree to collaborate on and share knowledge of cybersecurity incidents.





Cyberattacks
the threats we all face

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Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have hit Russia's Sberbank and Alfa Bank. "The attacks were organized using botnets spread over tens of thousands of computers located in a number of different countries," reported Sberbank; the source of the attacks remains unknown.




Looking Back
a new glimpse at past alerts

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Despite Chinese claims otherwise, the international community continues to express concerns regarding the country’s new cybersecurity bill. “If online speech and privacy are a bellwether of Beijing’s attitude toward peaceful criticism, everyone—including netizens in China and major international corporations—is now at risk,” continued Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch.

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Liberia’s information minister, Eugene Nagbe, clarified that a recent cyberattack had disrupted 60% of the country’s internet infrastructure, markedly less than previous reports of 100%, but nonetheless in need of attention and action: “The scale of the attack tells us that this is a matter of grave concern, not just to Liberia but to the global community that is connected to the internet. We are actively pursuing the option of seeking assistance from friendly countries like the US and Great Britain.”




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