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Asia Chats: LINE keyword filtering upgraded to include regular expressions

This report is part of a series which analyzes regionally-based keyword censorship in LINE, a mobile messaging application developed by LINE Corporation. The most recent update to the censorship keyword list include a number of new entries as well as the introduction of regular expressions for more advanced keyword matching.

Early findings from AMI requests

This post provides a summary of early findings associated with Canadians creating right to information requests using the Access My Info tool. It discusses several themes emergent from an analysis of company responses to such requests.

Targeted Threat Research at USENIX Security 2014

At USENIX Security 2014 Citizen Lab researchers presented two papers on targeted threats against civil society communities as part of a dedicated session on the topic entitled Tracking Targeted Attacks against Civilians and NGOs.

Research News

Schrodinger’s Cat Video and the Death of Clear-Text

This report provides a detailed analysis of two products sold for facilitating targeted surveillance known as network injection appliances. These products allow for the easy deployment of targeted surveillance implants and are being sold by commercial vendors to countries around the world. Compromising a target becomes as simple as waiting for the user to view unencrypted content on the Internet.

Information controls during Thailand’s 2014 Coup

The May 2014 coup d’etat in Thailand was the 19th coup attempt in the country’s history. It stands out from previous coups due to the military junta’s focus on information controls. In this report we document the results of network measurements to determine how the Internet is currently being filtered in Thailand and discuss other forms of information control implemented in the coup’s aftermath.

Social Media Watch – June 2014

This edition of Social Media Watch deals with top court rulings on digital privacy, social media monitoring, and mobile security news.

Police Story: Hacking Team’s Government Surveillance Malware

We analyze a newly discovered Android implant that we attribute to Hacking Team and highlight the political subtext of the bait content and attack context. In addition, we expose the functionality and architecture of Hacking Team’s Remote Control system and operator tradecraft in never-before published detail.

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Lab News

Cyberspace “action hero” issues wakeup call

In June 2014, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert gave a keynote address at the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference, where he was introduced as an “action hero.”

Cyber Stewards at the IGF14 in Istanbul

Members of the Cyber Stewards network are participating this week at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Morgan Marquis-Boire quoted in WSJ piece on anti-virus companies and cyber spying

In a piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Morgan Marquis-Boire commented on government complains that antivirus programs are thwarting their planned surveillance activities.

Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2014

On July 28-31, 2014, we convened the second annual Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights.

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