"Snooper's Charter" revisions criticised by Snowden, privacy activists

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Alleged revisions of the Investigatory Powers Bill first shown in 2012, dubbed the "Snooper's Charter" by critics, have been slammed ahead of its presentation to Parliament on Wednesday. Home secretary Theresa May claims that "contentious" parts of the bill have been removed in this draft, but it's not enough to please whistleblower Edward Snowden and other privacy activists. 

The UK...

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Privacy, Security.

Global Cyber Alliance is formed – aims to combat increasing cybercrime

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announced the formation of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international, cross-sector effort designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity. 

Cybercrime-related headlines seem to make the news every...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Privacy, Security.

The top 10 website security myths revealed

Many companies fail to put in place the most fundamental protections to keep themselves safe. The problem is that many businesses have steeped themselves in the mythology that surrounds website security, and bury their heads when it comes to the dangers that every business faces.

To be truly safe, they need to move from myth to reality, shoring up their defences, coprorate policies, practices and procedures. This whitepaper from Thawte takes a look at those myths - hacking won't happen to you, the CISO alone...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

US Navy prepares for cyber warfare offensive

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Individuals behind their computers might sound less-frightening than the nuclear weapons of past, but as we've seen depicted in fictional-but-realistic video games such as Call of Duty, compromising the right systems can have devastating consequences.

Most governments have been setting-up dedicated teams to help defend against such modern attacks, including the UK who set-up...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Security.

Opinion: Reactionary surveillance will boost extremist groups

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After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, much of the world rallied around the magazine's right to free speech; even if they didn't necessarily agree with its content. In such a tragedy, it was a heart-warming response which united people of all background rather than divide. Unfortunately, that unification is now in danger thanks to proposed surveillance efforts.

Radical groups are often formed...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security, Surveillance.

Opinion: Digital privacy is becoming extinct

Recent high-profile events are being used to bring back discussion about how our data is protected, and how much government bodies should have access to. Some cybersecurity experts even claim that evidence points towards some of the alleged attacks - such as the vandalism of the CENTCOM Twitter account - as being "inside jobs" designed to push surveillance legislation.

The law requires new cars to contain a black box which records all data about movements and faults

In the UK,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Surveillance is not a human rights violation, UK tribunal rules

Just days after we reported the NSA has access to 70% of the world's cellphone networks through monitoring high-value communications and exploiting network weaknesses; the UK has announced the results of a tribunal investigation into whether mass surveillance on citizens is an infringement on human rights.

Rights groups including 'Privacy International' and 'Bytes for All' took their case to...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

NSA: AURORAGOLD accessed 70% of cellphone networks

In documents released by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, it has been revealed the NSA has access to 70% of mobile networks worldwide. The initiative called 'Project AURORAGOLD' aims to ensure the agency can exploit weaknesses in cellphone technology for surveillance whenever required for government operations.

Influential UK-based trade group, the GSM Association, was one of the NSA's...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Security.