Author Archives: Irene Poetranto

Bitter Sweet: Supporters of Mexico’s Soda Tax Targeted With NSO Exploit Links

This report describes an espionage operation using government-exclusive spyware to target Mexican government food scientists and two public health advocates.

Researchers Identify Security and Privacy Issues in Baidu Browser

A new report from the Citizen Lab reveals that Baidu Browser, a popular mobile browser based in China and used by millions of people, has numerous privacy and security issues that could put users’ communications at risk.

Baidu’s and Don’ts: Privacy and Security Issues in Baidu Browser

This report describes privacy and security issues with Baidu Browser, a web browser for the Windows and Android platforms. Our research shows that the application transmits personal user data to Baidu servers without encryption and with easily decryptable encryption, and is vulnerable to arbitrary code execution during software updates via man-in-the-middle attacks. Much of the data leakage is the result of a shared Baidu software development kit, which affects hundreds of additional applications.

Who Controls the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms?

February 26 – New York City

Security and Privacy Issues in Several Leading Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices

A new report describing major security and privacy issues in several leading wearable fitness tracking devices and accompanying mobile applications. The research examined offerings by Apple, Basis, Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Mio, Withings, and Xiaomi.

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.

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.

شركة كندية تحجب الانترنت في منطقة حرب لصالح جماعة متمردة يمنية خاضعة لعقوبات من الامم المتحدة

تقوم شركة فلترة محتوى انترنت كندية بحجب محتوى الانترنت خلال الصراع المسلح في اليمن بطلب من الجماعة المتمردة (الحوثيون) وذلك حسب تقرير جديد من مركز ستيزن لاب في جامعة تورونتو.

Canadian Company Censors Internet in War Zone for Yemeni Rebel Group Targeted by UN Sanctions

A Canadian Internet filtering company, Netsweeper, is blocking Internet content during armed conflict in Yemen following the dictates of the rebel group, the Houthis, according to a new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.

Information Controls during Military Operations: The case of Yemen during the 2015 political and armed conflict

This report provides a detailed, mixed methods analysis of Information controls related to the Yemen armed conflict, with research commencing at the end of 2014 and continuing through October 20, 2015. The research confirms that Internet filtering products sold by the Canadian company Netsweeper have been installed on and are presently in operation in the state-owned and operated ISP YemenNet, the most utilized ISP in the country.