Thursday 13 July 2017

Digital Divide: World Cyber Alerts - July 13, 2017

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

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The United States Executive Office of the President has requested that secure voter registration data be sent to an insecure email address. Let’s Encrypt acknowledged, “Without point to point encryption anyone with access to the internet link between a user and their mail server, or between two mail servers, can see exactly what has been written, who wrote it, and who it is being sent to.” 

Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

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A celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel included talks of cybersecurity cooperation. Said Israel’s Netanyahu, “Once it was a disadvantage to say that you are from Israel. Today when you talk about cyber or advanced technology, it is an advantage to say we are an Israeli company.”

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Researchers in Switzerland have created Oblivious Ride (“ORide”), a method of encrypting data such as a user’s location and destination from American-based rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. The technology remains unpatented in an effort to increase availability.

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 The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has four new Active Cyber Defence measures, which will strive to make infrastructure, products, and services automatically safer to use while also increasing the cost to criminals when carrying out cyberattacks. 

the threats we all face

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The website of South Africa’s Department of Basic Education experienced a cyberattack at the hands of Team System Dz, a hacking group in support of Isis. In response, the South African government took the website and the photos posted by Dz offline and opened an investigation into how the hacking had occurred.

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Malware known as Petya first hit Ukraine, and then Russia, Europe, and the United States, affecting the Kiev international airport, Russian oil company Rosneft, and American pharmaceutical giantMerck. Raj Samani of McAfee reported, “Fundamentally, this was a wiper campaign. It appears to be a campaign meant for destruction or disruption.”

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