Saturday 12 August 2017

Digital Divide: World Cyber Alerts - August 11, 2017

their legislation today could be yours tomorrow

Indonesian flag and map

Indonesia’s government has cancelled a ban on messaging app Telegram following a company decision to take measures to block unlawful content. Rudiantara, Indonesia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has advised that other social media sites could be similarly evaluated in the future. 

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

German flag and map 

German law enforcement is now able to monitor Android, iOS, and BlackBerry devices with the assistance of Remote Communication Interception Software (RCIS). With this newfound ability to directly install backdoors on targeted devices, the government will no longer look to technology companies to do so.

Chinese flag and map

China has asked Apple to remove Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) from the company’s app store—and Apple has listened. Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged, “We would obviously rather not remove the apps, but like we do in other countries, we follow the law wherever we do business.”

American flag and map

The United States-based Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a legal complaint against Google in response to a new advertising program that links online behavior to in-person purchases—and gives Google access to the highly sensitive purchase history of millions of American shoppers. “Google is seeking to extend its dominance from the online world to the real, offline world, and the FTC really needs to look at that,” said Marc Rotenberg of the Federal Trade Commission. 

Research and Initiatives
making your world a more cybersecure place

Chinese flag and map

China’s Jinan Institute of Quantum Technology will soon release a quantum communications unit. To begin, the “unhackable” technology will connect 200 military, government, and financial officials in Shanghai and Beijing.

Singaporean flag and map

The 5th annual RSA Conference 2017 Asia Pacific & Japan was held in Singapore last month. Said RSA Conference Director Linda Gray Martin, “In recent months, we’ve seen more governments taking a pivotal role in shaping the cybersecurity landscape across Asia Pacific & Japan. The large turnout serves as a strong indicator that organizations are taking bolder steps towards their cybersecurity strategies.” 

the threats we all face

American flag and map 

An anonymous hacker has taken 1.5 terabytes of data from television network HBO. The hacker claims to have material from ‘Game of Thrones’; the American network has thus far only confirmed that “some of our programming” was compromised.

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