News and Announcements

Citizen Lab’s latest news and announcements.

Irene Poetranto at Colombia’s Internet Governance Forum

Citizen Lab Communications Officer and Researcher Irene Poetranto speaking at a number of cybersecurity events in Latin America, including the second annual Colombian Internet Governance Forum.

Jason Q. Ng speaks to the China Economic Review on UC Browser vulnerabilities

Citizen Lab Senior Research Fellow Jason Q. Ng spoke to the China Economic Review on the findings of the UC Browser report, and the impact of security vulnerabilities on users.

Ron Deibert at the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 2015 Pioneer Awards

September 24 – San Francisco

Morgan Marquis-Boire at infosec conferences

Morgan Marquis-Boire at the Strange Loop Conference, t2’15 conference, and Black Hat Executive Summit.

The Citizen Lab wins 2015 Pioneer Award

The Citizen Lab is one of the winners of the 2015 Pioneer Award, awarded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Job Posting: Security Researcher / Malware Analyst

The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs is hiring a Security Researcher / Malware Analyst to support our work on threats against civil society.

Christopher Parsons on the Canadian government’s “secret network” hack

A “secret network” launched by the Canadian federal government last year, costing millions of dollars to taxpayers, came under close scrutiny following a suspected hack. Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christoper Parsons explains the possibilities behind the leaking of the document.

Cyber Stewards selected as Quantified Society grant winners

The Media Democracy Fund, in conjunction with the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations, selected Cyber Stewards Network partners Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) and Derechos Digitales as recipients of the Quantified Society Grants.

Pakistan to ban BlackBerry encrypted messaging

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), a government agency responsible for the establishment and operation of telecommunications in the country, ordered the shutdown of BlackBerry’s encrypted communication services.

Hacking Team leak highlights Citizen Lab research

Hacking Team, a Milan-based developer of “offensive security” technology that markets its products to governments and law enforcement agencies around the world, was significantly compromised when hackers leaked nearly 400 GB of its internal data, including emails, client files, and financial documents. The leak was announced via Hacking Team’s own compromised Twitter account, and the content made publicly available. Among other things, the leaked documents confirmed our findings that the company sells its software to several governments with repressive human rights records, such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, and more.