Tag Archives: Privacy

Bank hacking was the work of Iranians, officials say

Source: Nicole Perlroth and Quentin Hardy, The New York Times

The attackers hit one American bank after the next. As in so many previous attacks, dozens of online banking sites slowed, hiccupped or ground to a halt before recovering several minutes later.

Indian government wiretapping

Source: The Hacker News

According to a report, all major Indian telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Tata Tele services, have agreed to share real-time interception of BlackBerry calls and data services on their networks with Security agencies.

2012 CyberWatch Year in Review: Social Media

This year-end report summarizes several trends and noteworthy happenings of the past 12 months, including an increase in government user data requests, a community governance decision-making debacle, and controversies around various privacy-oriented technical implementations.

U.S. terrorism agency to tap a vast database of citizens

Source: Julia Angwin, The Wall Street Journal

Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal.

U.S. probe finds kids’ apps secretly collect data

Source: Toronto Star

Software companies that make cellphone apps are being investigated to determine whether they have violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from phones and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers.

Social Media CyberWatch – November 2012

The inaugural edition of the Social Media CyberWatch discusses issues related to privacy awareness.

Chinese Internet search players sign code of conduct

Source: Liau Yun Qing, ZD Net

Several Chinese Internet search players have come together under the lead of the Internet Society of China to sign a code of conduct which requires them to self-regulate to protect user rights.

GCHQ to trawl Facebook and Twitter for intelligence

Source: Ryan Gallagher, The Guardian

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest: all of them could be the source of valuable intelligence that the UK’s intelligence agencies want to know about – and now government eavesdropping and security agency GCHQ is developing new tools to sift through them for nuggets of useful data.

Being social with privacy in mind

Source: Mozilla Blog

People really enjoy social features that help them connect with others. To offer these features, social networks often end collecting lots of personal info, and their users don’t always understand the tradeoffs involved.

Dutch government proposes cyberattacks against…everyone

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

If the location of a particular computer cannot be determined, the Dutch police would be able to break in without ever contacting foreign authorities.