Yearly Archives: 2015

Morgan Marquis-Boire profiled by CNN

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire was interviewed by CNN.

Ron Deibert in The Varsity

Director Ron Deibert outlined the Citizen Lab’s research interests, methods, and objectives in an interview with The Varsity, the University of Toronto’s student newspaper.

Packrat: Seven Years of a South American Threat Actor

This report describes an extensive malware, phishing, and disinformation campaign active in several Latin American countries, including Ecuador, Argentina, Venezuela, and Brazil. The nature and geographic spread of the targets seems to point to a sponsor, or sponsors, with regional, political interests. The attackers, whom we have named Packrat, have shown a keen and systematic interest in the political opposition and the independent press in so-called ALBA countries (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas), and their recently allied regimes.

Report Reveals Seven Year South American Malware Campaign

A number of journalists, activists, politicians, and public figures in Latin America have been targeted by a large-scale hacking campaign since 2008, according to a new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

Christopher Parsons on Pakistan’s BlackBerry information requests

Pakistan and BlackBerry have agreed to delay the shutdown of BlackBerry’s Enterprise Server (BES) by one month. This comes months after Pakistan initially ordered the shutdown of the company’s encrypted messaging services for businesses. Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons weighed in on the policy reasons for the disagreement.

Morgan Marquis-Boire at Black Hat Executive Summit

December 8-10 – Scottsdale, Arizona

Research on Hacking Team and Finfisher highlighted in Motherboard

Citizen Lab surveillance research on Hacking Team and FinFisher highlighted in articles on Motherboard, the Varsity, and the New York Times.

Citizen Lab at the World Movement for Democracy Eighth Assembly

November 1-4 – Seoul, South Korea

Citizen Lab research cited in Freedom House report

Freedom House has released their “Freedom on the Net 2015” report, placing China at the bottom of a ranking comprising 65 countries. The report cites the Citizen Lab’s research on China, specifically on chat application censorship and targeted threats.

The Kids are Still at Risk: Update to Citizen Lab’s “Are the Kids Alright?” Smart Sheriff report

A second audit of South Korea’s Smart Sheriff application reveals that there are numerous unresolved vulnerabilities that put minor children and parental users of the application at serious risk.