As part of a sweeping crackdown on dissents and maintaining the Communist party’s grip on power, China will keep blocking access to much of global internet starting February 2018. The China government ordered the three major telecommunications companies to block access to VPNs by February 2018, according to a report by Bloomberg News.
This week, a new Harvard study released to the public concluded that banning encryption in the United States could lead to catastrophic economic consequences on home soil. The purpose of the study, entitled “A Worldwide Survey of Encryption Products,” was to attempt to catalog the entire library of encryption products that are available in the Read More
Symantec has discovered a new line of Android malware infections that turn the operating system’s own services against itself. “Android.Spywaller” poses as a legitimate Google Service designed to protect users via firewall to attack a user’s phone, rooting it from the inside out and installing a number of standard tracking packages including keyloggers and screen-grabbers.
Intel has acquired password and identity management firm PasswordBox but no transaction details have been revealed. PasswordBox, which is based in Montreal, will become part of Intel Security Group. “Everyone can relate to password fatigue,” said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security Group in a statement.
Defense contractor Raytheon is to acquire cybersecurity and surveillance firm Blackbird Technologies for $420m, reports Reuters. Blackbird provides surveillance and security services to spy agencies, which include companies that work with the Department of Defense. Raytheon will use these services to expand its own operations in these fields. “Blackbird Technologies is a strong fit for Read More
The Oregon Employment Department is notifying over 850,000 people regarding a system vulnerability that may have compromised their information. The department received a tip that its WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS) was vulnerable and took the system offline last week. Names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers are among the details believed Read More
George Mason University in Virginia has revealed that a malware intrusion on its travel subsidy website has affected 4,400 students and staff. The university alerted those affected via letter and stated that the intrusion was detected on July 16. It believes no data was stolen but the Travel Request Service, which was accessed, contained names Read More
Reports are coming in that Reuters were hacked this morning by the Syrian Electronic Army, with people taking to Twitter to voice their concerns over the site redirecting to a message from SEA. The message was still online around 12pm GMT but has since been taken down with the site operating as normal again. The Read More
Microsoft is making some changes to its security products where adware is blocked by default. The changes will come into effect on July 1. Under the new rules, Microsoft has set out a new criteria for what constitutes as adware and if a program meets that criteria, it will be blocked. “We only consider classifying Read More
And so the uphill battle begins. Earlier today a US federal judge ordered the NSA to stop its surveillance efforts of 300 million American and UK citizens, and demanded they destroy the records collected on all of them in the past several years. US District Court Judge Richard Leon has officially declared the blanket, dragnet-style Read More