Thursday 6 October 2016

Digital Divide: Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - October 6, 2016

their legislation today could be yours tomorrow

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India has (once again) withdrawn its draft National Encryption Policy. At issue is a proposal to require all citizens to save their emails, chats and other digital communications for 90 days. Although the government insists that communications via web-based applications and social media sites like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter would not be affected, others maintain that the legislation would be better termed the “Gujarat Snooping Model.” 

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

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Kuwaiti activist Sara al-Derees has been sentenced to jail for 21 days for “insulting the Emir” via Twitter. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has asked for al-Derees to be released and also for an end to the prosecution of social media activists and human rights defenders in general. 

Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

Nigerian flag and map At the International Police (INTERPOL) Cybercrime Training for Practitioner Investigators from African Countries, Nigerian Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris committed Nigeria to better supporting INTERPOL. In the words of Nigerian Commissioner of Police Olusshola Subair, “Cyber criminals have enjoyed a long start ahead of law enforcement and inflicted serious injuries on citizens we have sworn to protect. We must in turn develop new ways and methods to adapt to current challenges.” 

Malaysian flag and map
CyberSecurity Malaysia and the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) will host the ASEAN Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Summit and ASEAN CISO Workshop from October 17-20. Said EC-Council’s Danish Arshad, “EC-Council and CyberSecurity Malaysia have taken the initiative to gather the movers and shakers of cyber security in a single platform and challenge them to address the pressing issues of static cybersecurity policies and fairly exercised regulatory frameworks, as well as bridge the cybersecurity skill gap by enabling more security experts to obtain international security leadership training and build a proactive information-security maturity roadmap leading to greater information-security sustainability.” 

Emirati flag and map 
Digital Shadows recently released ‘Compromised Credentials,’ a research paper that revealed 97% of the 1,000 largest companies worldwide had leaked credentials. In the Middle East, the most leaked credentials came from the United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar rounded out the list. 

the threats we all face

Israeli flag and map

Wintego, an Israeli hacking firm, now sells CatchApp, software designed to intercept WhatsApp communications. What remains unclear is whether CatchApp can hack into WhatsApp applications that utilize its now-available end-to-end encryption. 

Looking Back
a new glimpse at past alerts

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First Zimbabwe and now India: At CyFy 2016, the country's conference on cybersecurity and internet governance, Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta acknowledged the need to continually update India’s cyber doctrine in order to keep pace with ever-evolving cyber space. India is currently the second largest user of the internet in the world.

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