Thursday, 22 December 2016

Emerging Economy Cyber Alerts - December 22, 2016

their legislation today could be yours tomorrow

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Thailand has amended its cybercrime law, in a move that will only strengthen government surveillance and censorship. State officials no longer need court approval to access service provider data or to remove websites that threaten national security or “good morals”

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

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Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Turkey had blocked the Tor anonymity network and Tor browser. Now, following the assassination of a Russian ambassador to Turkey, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are also banned

Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

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India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) have released a report entitled, “Growing Cyber Security Industry: Road-map for India”. Said Nasscom’s president, “A list of 16 initiatives has been formulated by NASSCOM-DSCI to make India a global cyber-security hub. These vary in terms of priority and should be pursued within the next five years.” 

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The United States’ Freedom of the Press Foundation has published an open letter, signed by 150 documentary filmmakers and photojournalists, asking Canon, Sony, Nikon, Fuji and Olympus to include encryption features in their cameras. “Without encryption capabilities, photographs and footage that we take can be examined and searched by the police, military, and border agents in countries where we operate and travel, and the consequences can be dire,” argued the letter. 
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The France-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently weighed in on the encryption conversation in an 85-page report. “What ultimately matters, from a human rights perspective, is that cryptographic methods empower individuals in their enjoyment of privacy and freedom of expression, as they allow for the protection of human-facing properties of information, communication and computing,” recommended UNESCO. 

the threats we all face

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Police in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Nigeria are working to stop an international group that has scammed 86 women out of HK$58 million. The women, largely educated and computer-proficient, were victimized by online promises of love that developed into requests for money and technology. 

Looking Back
a new glimpse at past alerts

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Edward Snowden followed up last week’s conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with an ask for encrypted direct messages on the United States-based platform. Dorsey responded that Twitter would consider such a move towards enhanced security. 

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