Thursday, 2 February 2017

Digital Divide: World Cyber Alerts - February 2, 2017

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

Kenyan flag and map

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to arrest anyone who plans chaos in response to this year’s general elections. “I will not allow anyone in Kenya to lose their lives or property because of elections again. The government will legally deal with leaders planning to cause chaos,” reported Kenyatta. 

Thai flag and map 

Microsoft is enabling the Thai government to spy on its citizens, says Privacy International. Unlike other operating systems, Microsoft’s Windows is designed to automatically trust the Thai government’s root certificate, which in turn allows the government to install malware on websites or misrepresent websites altogether. 

Research and Initiatives
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British flag and map 

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has hired Indian startup Spherical Defense to assist the British spy agency. Spherical Defense will monitor for hacking attempts via its Banking Intrusion Detection System. 

Brazilian flag and map 

It’s Right to Be Forgotten Week in Brazil. The event, hosted by InternetLab, strives to bring attention to an important issue that frequently goes unnoticed. Later this year, the organization will also host InternetLab School 2017, an initiative that invites journalists to explore the intersection of technology and the internet. 

New Zealand flag and map 

 Hamilton, New Zealand will host the International Standards Organisation (ISO) conference in April, which will examine the standardization of cybersecurity worldwide. The conference expects attendees from 100 countries, including experts from Interpol and the American National Security Agency. 

American flag and map 

United States-based National Cyber Security Alliance celebrated Data Privacy Day on January 28. The international celebration focused on Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust. 

the threats we all face

Russian flag and map 

Ruslan Stoyanov, manager of Kaspersky Lab’s computer incidents investigations unit, has been arrested for hacking. The Russian is accused of treason and is under investigation for actions committed prior to joining Kaspersky Lab. 

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