Tuesday 9 August 2016

Digital Divide: Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - August 9, 2016

their legislation today could be yours tomorrow

Israeli flag and mapAn Israeli bill to establish the National Cyber Authority as a cybersecurity umbrella organization is expected to be signed into law. The decision to create such a group stemmed from the realization that “There was no single body that had the exclusive ability to deal with the challenge [of cyberattacks] and commit itself to true cooperation between the different groups,” reported a legislative statement. Regardless, others have expressed concern that a civilian governmental body will be in charge of both civilian and military entities.

Indian flag and mapHoping to avoid the pushback that followed the first draft of the National Encryption Policy, India has started working on a new draft that involves input from the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) and the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI). Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has promised, “There is no intention by the government to implement an encryption policy breaching right to privacy of public.”

Research and Initiatives 
making your world a more cybersecure place

American flag and map YouTube recently announced that 97% of its traffic is now encrypted with HTTPS and also that the United States-based video-sharing platform will continue to strive towards 100% encryption. YouTube’s announcement concluded with a word to the wise, “In the real world, we know that any non-secure HTTP traffic could be vulnerable to attackers. All websites and apps should be protected with HTTPS—if you’re a developer that hasn’t yet migrated, get started today.”

Singaporean flag and map

Singapore and the United States have signed a cybersecurity Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Looking ahead, cooperation between the two countries will include information and best practice sharing; cyber-incident response coordination; joint cybersecurity exercises; cyber-capacity building collaboration; and cybersecurity awareness building activities.

Kenyan flag and map 

Kenya, the African country with the highest vulnerability to cyber attacks, announced a decision to strengthen its efforts to prevent cyberattacks at a recent national cyber security conference: “The increased use and dependence on information technology has exposed the country and its citizens to premeditated security threats. We are on the lookout for adversaries who might exploit our networks to cause harm,” explained Cabinet Secretary for Defense Raychelle Omamo.

the threats we all face

Nigerian flag and map
Interpol and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission have arrested a Nigerian national whose crime network is believed to have stolen $60 million USD via email scams and fraud. Responded Noboru Nakatani of Interpol, “Arrests like this are made possible by partnerships between members of the security community that come together with the common goal of making the Internet a safer place. [Business email compromise] scams are particularly difficult to combat due to their complexity, which is why public-private sector cooperation is essential.” 

Brazilian flag and map

Panda Banker, a Zeus Trojan variant, has spread from banks in Europe and North America to Brazil. 10 Brazilian bank brands and multiple payment platforms have been targeted in attacks that only highlight an increase in collaboration between cybercriminals in Brazil and elsewhere. 

Looking Back 
a new glimpse at old cyber alerts

Emirati flag and map 

Despite previous reports to the contrary, VPN usage in the United Arab Emirates remains legal when used for economic and commercial purposes. When used for crime or fraud, however, VPN usage in the UAE will be punishable by imprisonment and/or fines of up to $545,000 USD. 

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