NATO: Cyber attacks like WannaCry, Petya could invoke Article 5 and trigger a military response

NATO has warned cyber attacks like WannaCry and Petya could trigger Article 5 of the treaty and be met with a military response from members after the organisation said there are signs the aforementioned incidents were state-sponsored.

Article 5 is the basic principle of collective defense. An attack on a NATO member is deemed an attack on all members and, if invoked, ties others to a collective response. It has only been triggered once in NATO’s history by the United States...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security, Surveillance.

UK government re-announces broadband plan – for the third time

In what some have observed as being a desperate bid for positive headlines, the sitting UK government has re-announced the same broadband investment plan as it has twice before.

The £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment fund was mooted in the run-up to the Autumn Statement in late November last year, before it was officially announced by the Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Following a further commitment in the Spring Budget, headlines provided further positive coverage despite...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry.

WikiLeaks: How the CIA tracks your exact location

New documents released by WikiLeaks detail how the CIA is able to locate you if you’re using any WiFi-enabled Windows PC or laptop.

The project, known as ELSA, infects a target Windows PC with malware. By using the device’s WiFi chip, the malware scans for all the nearby public WiFi networks and their strengths. This list is then cross-matched with the databases of WiFi networks held by the likes of Google and Microsoft to work out where the person is.

ELSA has likely grown more...

By Ryan Daws, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Surveillance.

Australia joins ‘Five Eyes’ partner UK in calls for weaker encryption

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been vocal in her calls for weaker encryption, but Australia is adding its voice ahead of a meeting of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance.

Taking a similar stance to the UK, Australia wants to clamp down on terrorists using the ‘cyberspace’ for propaganda, recruitment, and organising attacks. Cybersecurity experts have criticised the calls as the deliberate weakening of encryption could leave organisations and individuals more...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

WannaCry cyber attack was 'launched from North Korea' to raise money

British and American security officials believe the WannaCry cyber attack which crippled the NHS was launched from North Korea in a bid to raise money for the secretive nation.

Cyber warfare is proving a growing concern with attacks linked to countries such as Russia and North Korea increasing in pace and effect. Earlier this week, it emerged Obama issued a ‘red phone’ warning to the Kremlin over...

By Ryan Daws, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Manchester attack will be used to push further surveillance laws

Following the abhorrent terrorist attack in Manchester earlier this week that deliberately targeted children, the UK government is already said to be preparing new surveillance legislation.

The current plan involves passing legislation forcing internet companies to weaken their encryption when served with a TCN (Technical Capability Notice) so that messages can be intercepted by surveillance agencies.

Digital rights campaigners, the Open Rights Group, have also criticised the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Surveillance.

Passport scanners in Australia and New Zealand crashed after UK telecoms failure

Passengers in Australia and New Zealand were left facing long check-in delays after passport systems crashed following the failure of an unnamed UK telecoms provider.

We’d expect the provider is part of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance

The disruptive problems were reported early morning in Australia and the country’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection claimed the issue was attributable to “an external system outage with the Society International...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Surveillance.

EU referendum may have been influenced by hackers

In April last year, Britain made the historic decision to leave the European Union. A website allowing people to register for the referendum deciding whether the UK remained a member of the EU bloc collapsed just hours before the vote, prompting speculation it was hacked to influence the result.

A report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs select committee said there were “indications” the website had been targeted by a botnet causing a DDoS (Distributed...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Government, Networks, Public Services, Security.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “unacceptable” authorities can’t bypass encryption

The debate over whether authorities should have the means to bypass encryption under the ruse of national security has been reignited after UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “completely unacceptable” the government cannot easily access communications.

Critics will note government calls to expand intrusive surveillance measures often follow terrorist attacks like the tragic events in London which resulted in five deaths and over twenty injured last week after ISIS fanatic...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Government, Privacy, Surveillance.