Monday 19 December 2016

Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - December 19, 2016

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

Bangladeshi flag and map 

Attempted cyber abuse of a Bangladeshi street cleaner living in Saudi Arabia led to a tweetstorm of support: when one user mocked the man for looking at gold, others came to his defense and offered him gifts ranging from an iPhone to a plane ticket to gold. 

Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

Iraqi flag and map

Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) recently held a course to train Iraqi experts in cyber defense. Course aims included improved technical knowledge and strengthened defense capabilities.

Japanese flag and map Israeli cybersecurity company Cybereason will be partially relocating to Japan in an effort to support the nation in the fight against cyberattacks: “Japanese companies and national institutions are constantly under cyber attack, but the public awareness in Japan as to the need for cybersecurity is low compared to Israel or the United States. But now, we’ve partnered with SoftBank to establish Cybereason Japan Corp to help defend Japan,” reported Cybereason’s Lotem Guy. 

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Ghanaian flag and map

A failed attempt to post fake election results led Ghana’s electoral commission (EC) website to go offline for 4 hours last week. “We deplore the attempt to hack the EC’s website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC,” responded the commission in a tweet. 

South Korean flag and map

South Korea’s banks should expect a cyberattack from North Korea; the country is thought to have stolen classified defense materials from South Korea’s intranet. “It seems the intranet server of the cyber command has been contaminated with malware. We found that some military documents, including confidential information, have been hacked,” reported a military spokesman.

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