Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps

Rob Lever AFP Washington (AFP) – Governments around the world have stepped up efforts to block or censor social media and messaging applications, in a new blow to internet freedom, a watchdog group said Monday. The Freedom on the Net report by the activist group Freedom House said online freedom declined in 2016 for a sixth consecutive year amid new restrictions on messaging platforms such … Continue reading Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps

China passes ‘draconian’ cyber security law: Controversial bill is criticised for violating freedom of speech

AFP WHAT DOES THE BILL MEAN? The law is largely focused on protecting the country’s networks and private user information. But it also bans internet users from publishing a wide variety of information, including anything that damages ‘national honour’, ‘disturbs economic or social order’ or is aimed at ‘overthrowing the socialist system’. A provision requiring companies to verify a user’s identity effectively makes it illegal … Continue reading China passes ‘draconian’ cyber security law: Controversial bill is criticised for violating freedom of speech

French teenager convicted of ‘condoning terrorism’ for naming Wi-Fi network ‘Daesh’

RT An 18-year-old man from eastern France was given a three-month suspended sentence under a strict new anti-terrorism law for “publicly condoning an act of terrorism” by naming his Wi-Fi network “Daesh 21” – seemingly in reference to Islamic State. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) that is often used as a pejorative by politicians to describe the terrorist group. … Continue reading French teenager convicted of ‘condoning terrorism’ for naming Wi-Fi network ‘Daesh’

Experts Warn Of Election Day Cyberattacks

NPR Concerns about the possible hacking of voting systems on Election Day are growing. 46 states have asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help make sure their systems are protected from disruptions on Tuesday. And some states, like Ohio, are taking steps on their own. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, says his state worked with “all available public and private … Continue reading Experts Warn Of Election Day Cyberattacks

FBI: New Malware to Spur More Large-Scale Cyber Attacks

The Washington Free Beacon The FBI is warning companies to protect themselves from cyber attacks from a newly released malware that disrupted a large segment of the Internet in the United States last month. The distributed denial of service attack on the internet company Dyn revealed new vulnerabilities to cyber attackers through inter-connected devices known as the Internet of Things, the FBI stated in a notice … Continue reading FBI: New Malware to Spur More Large-Scale Cyber Attacks

NSA Hackers The Shadow Brokers Dump More Files

Joseph Cox Motherboard The hacker or hackers calling themselves The Shadow Brokers, who have previously released NSA hacking tools for anyone to download, published more files on Monday. This latest release comes while Hal Martin, an NSA contractor and, according to The Washington Post, the prime suspect in The Shadow Brokers case sits in detention after being arrested for allegedly stealing swaths of classified material. … Continue reading NSA Hackers The Shadow Brokers Dump More Files

Unsecured Internet of Things gadgets get hacked within 40 minutes of being connected to the net

Cory Doctorow BoingBoing The Atlantic’s Andrew McGill set up a virtual server on Amazon’s cloud that presented to the internet as a crappy, insecure Internet of Things toaster; 41 minutes later, a hacked IoT device connected to it and tried to hack it. Within a day, the “toaster” had been hacked more than 300 times. I’ll admit this volume of attacks might not be typical. … Continue reading Unsecured Internet of Things gadgets get hacked within 40 minutes of being connected to the net

Cyber-criminals may doom Internet freedom and other notable comments

The New York Post Editorial From the right: Battle of the Sexes Would Hillary Clinton’s election as president usher in an era of gender harmony? If Barack Obama’s presidency is any guide, Eric Felton notes in The Weekly Standard, the opposite is more likely. Felton writes that Obama backers spoke of a racial healing, and polls showed Americans believed Obama’s election would be good for … Continue reading Cyber-criminals may doom Internet freedom and other notable comments

Yahoo eyes billboard that can spy on drivers inside their cars

Ethan Baron SiliconBeat (The Mercury News) Yahoo, under fire over this week’s revelation that it helped the federal government spy on its users, has applied for two related patents describing a camera-equipped billboard that can spy on drivers. The patent applications, submitted in March 2015 and made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, describe a billboard that has sensors including cameras, microphones and even retina … Continue reading Yahoo eyes billboard that can spy on drivers inside their cars

Assange claims ‘crazed’ Clinton campaign tried to hack WikiLeaks

https://www.rt.com/usa/364461-assange-clinton-wikileaks-hack/video/ RT Julian Assange has claimed the Hillary Clinton campaign has attacked the servers being used by WikiLeaks. Despite the Ecuadorian embassy shutting down his internet until the US election is over, the website will continue publishing, according to Assange. “Everyday that you publish is a day that you have the initiative in the conflict,”Assange said via telephone at a conference in Argentina on Wednesday. … Continue reading Assange claims ‘crazed’ Clinton campaign tried to hack WikiLeaks