Tag: Government

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Shanghai Internet Users Try VPNs to Hop New Blocks

China Telecom customers in Shanghai are experiencing several issues in accessing foreign websites, which the telco says is due to a lack of bandwidth. The Shanghai Telecom brand said that the blocks are not “politically sensitive” or imposed by China’s Great Firewall, which censors a vast array of western sites. The issues have been persisting […]

Wikipedia Sets Up to Sue NSA

This week, the joint organization of Wikipedia and their subsidiary Wikimedia announced they would be launching an official lawsuit against the National Security Agency in a United States court of law. The lawsuit will seek to challenge the basic constitutionality of the NSA’s actions, focusing specifically on their mass surveillance efforts through programs such as […]

Anonymous Hacks Social Accounts of ISIS

This week, select members from the hacking team Anonymous announced they had successfully infiltrated and taken down various social media accounts and email addresses belonging to the international terrorist organization ISIS. In a statement released by the group, the vigilante cyber warriors said: “ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and […]

Ireland: US Needs Permission to View Microsoft Data

The Irish government has submitted a court filing that says that US courts must get its permission to access emails stored in a Microsoft data center in Dublin. The US government has been attempting to access a user’s email data for several months in an ongoing drug trafficking investigation but Microsoft has refused, stating the […]

South Korean Nuclear Reactor Computer Systems Hacked

South Korea has admitted that the computer systems at some of its nuclear reactors have been hacked. This has raised serious concerns about the safety and integrity of its nuclear facilities, especially since the country is technically at war with North Korea. Last week, documents and manuals about equipment used by South Korea’s nuclear plant […]

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BolehVPN to Charge 6% GST Tax, Japan Server Down

Malaysia-based VPN service provider, BolehVPN has announced that starting April 1, 2015, it will be charging Malaysian customers a value added tax of six percent GST or Good and Services Tax. This is in accordance with the budget alignment approved by the government that was announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak himself during the […]

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Best Yemen VPN

There have been numerous incidents of Internet monitoring and censorship in Yemen, though it has been erratic, according to the OpenNet Initiative. Some measures implemented by the government have included blocking content such as gambling, sex or anything that is overly critical of political figures. With a regulated Internet, the Yemeni people are deprived of […]

Politician Calls on Sweden to Grant Asylum to Snowden

Edward Snowden should be granted asylum in Sweden says one Swedish politician, who has criticized other EU countries for not doing so. Valter Mutt, foreign affairs spokesperson for Sweden’s Green Party, commended Snowden as a “hero” in a Swedish TV interview and said that it was a disgrace that no EU country would offer asylum. […]

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Uber Begrudgingly Moves to Two Factor Authentication in India

Uber has been forced to comply with rules in India that state it must use two factor authentication for online transactions, despite the ride sharing company’s protestations. The app announced that it will comply with the rules put in place by the Reserve Bank of India but said that they were “an antiquated solution that […]

UK Government to Introduce Bill to Force ISPs to Hand Over User Data

The anti-terrorism legislation that is going to be introduced in the UK parliament on November 26 will require Internet service providers to hand over user data to government agencies. The bill is expected to become a law before the country goes to the polls in May. The new bill will restrict people from traveling abroad […]

UN Passes Legislation to Condemn Mass Surveillance Tactics

This Tuesday, in a landmark decision for privacy advocates everywhere, the UN passed a resolution which seeks to condemn and demonize attempts by any nation to commit acts of mass surveillance on its own people, or those of an opposing country. The resolution takes special account of metadata, revising its definitions from a similar effort […]

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Symantec Reports a Rise in Regin Detection Rate

On Sunday evening, the anti-virus team at Symantec posted on their blog about the Regin espionage tool, a piece of surveillance software that comes with its own toolkit of tricks, which has been making the rounds on the Internet, undetected, since early 2008. The team goes into intricate detail about Regin’s capabilities in their latest […]

BlackEnergy Malware Inside Critical US Infrastructure Since 2011

This week, researchers at Kaspersky Labs released their latest report on the infamous BlackEnergy malware, claiming that Russian hackers have been using the program to infiltrate vital pieces of the US energy infrastructure including power plants, hydroelectric dams, and manufacturers of equipment destined for nuclear-powered facilities. The bug, which targets both Windows and Linux-based machines, […]

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Australia’s Opal Card Raises New Privacy Concerns

Opal Card, the public transport payment card system for New South Wales, Australia, used by 1.1m people has raised several privacy concerns regarding the data collected and where it goes. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a survey conducted by NSW Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Coombs states that NSW residents are concerned that the information held […]

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The Pirate Bay Founder Found Guilty of Hacking Charges

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty for hacking in the Court of Fredriksberg, Denmark. He has been found to be responsible for hacking the mainframe of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a US IT giant. A 21-year old Danish man, acting as Warg’s accomplice, was also found guilty, according to the ruling. […]

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Snapchat Avoids New Australian Cyber Bullying Regulation

Snapchat will escape new regulations introduced by the Australian government to tackle cyber bullying as it is considered a smaller social media platform based overseas. Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, Paul Fletcher says the government will to take an informal approach to handling offensive or damaging content on Snapchat rather than strict rules. The new […]

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Russian Hackers Allegedly Breach White House Computers

Hackers working for the Russian government have been accused of breaching White House computers, according to the Washington Post. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a number of sources told the Post that several services were disrupted by the breach, which occurred two to three weeks ago. “In the course of assessing recent threats, we […]