Tag Archives: US

Social Media CyberWatch – February 2013

This Social Media CyberWatch looks at the rebirth of CISPA, death of bill C-30, EU privacy lobbying, Facebook and Google Play privacy concerns, and various web tracking policy developments such as Do Not Track and third-party cookies implementations.

New document sheds light on government’s ability to search iPhones

Source: Chris Soghoian and Naomi Gilens, American Civil Liberties Union

Cell phone searches are a common law enforcement tool, but up until now, the public has largely been in the dark regarding how much sensitive information the government can get with this invasive surveillance technique.

The near impossible battle against hackers everywhere

Source: Joseph Menn, Reuters

Dire warnings from Washington about a “cyber Pearl Harbor” envision a single surprise strike from a formidable enemy that could destroy power plants nationwide, disable the financial system or cripple the U.S. government.

Senior Researcher Sarah McKune quoted in AFP piece

In a piece for Agence France Press, Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Sarah McKune was quoted in response to a recent report outlying alleged Chinese hacking of US firms.

China, the US and cybersecurity: Is Mandiant promoting a Cold War mentality?

Source: Internet Governance Project

The release of the Mandiant report on “Advanced Persistent Threat 1″ (APT1) marked a watershed in US-China relations on cybersecurity.

Mandiant APT1 report has critical analytic flaws

Source: Jeffrey Carr

Mandiant’s APT1 report is the latest infosec company document to accuse the Chinese government of running cyber espionage operations.

Chinese army unit is seen as tied to hacking against U.S.

Source: New York Times

On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People’s Liberation Army base for China’s growing corps of cyberwarriors.

Pentagon’s new massive expansion of ‘cyber-security’ unit is about everything except defense

Source: Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian

As the US government depicts the Defense Department as shrinking due to budgetary constraints, the Washington Post this morning announces “a major expansion of [the Pentagon's] cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold.”

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Sarah McKune in Huffington Post interview

Hosted by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, the segment explored US involvement in exporting arms and censorship, surveillance and filtering technology to brutal regimes abroad.

Banks seek NSA help amid attacks on their computer systems

Source: Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post

Major U.S. banks have turned to the National Security Agency for help protecting their computer systems after a barrage of assaults that have disrupted their Web sites, according to industry officials.