Tag Archives: Cybersecurity

Citizen Lab research on Hacking Team in NY Times

A New York Times article describing the growth of email spyware as a political weapon, titled “Cyberwar for Sale,” cited Citizen Lab research into Hacking Team, an Italian team that creates spyware for sale to governments. In particular, the article cites Citizen Lab’s work in exposing the use of Hacking Team software on the devices of Moroccan, UAE, and Ethiopian activists.

CNN op-ed cites Citizen Lab research

In an op-ed for CNN, security technologist Bruce Schneier explores the difficulty of attributing the cyberattack to Russia. In doing so, Schneier makes reference to Citizen Lab’s work in identifying the source of cyberattacks against activists and dissidents, including the United Arab Emirates targeting of human right’s activist Ahmed Mansour.

Ron Deibert in JustSecurity on Russia’s DNC hack

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert has authored a piece in JustSecurity on the FBI’s report on the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). In the article, titled “The DHS/FBI Report on Russian Hacking was a Predictable Failure,” Deibert assesses the report itself, as well as the Obama administration’s response to the hacking, and its public handling.

Group5: Syria and the Iranian Connection

This report describes a malware operation against the Syrian Opposition. We name the operator Group5, and suspect they have not been previously-reported. Group5 used “just enough” technical sophistication, combined with social engineering, to target computers and mobile phones with malware.

Christopher Parsons on Canada’s CSIS

In an internal report obtained by the Toronto Star, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) states that the spy agency cannot keep up with threats from state-sponsored hackers. Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons told the Toronto Star the report, along with cases like the cyber attack of the NRC by Chinese sponsored hackers, point to the militarization of the Internet.

UN human rights and cybersecurity mechanisms

Citizen Lab Senior Legal Researcher Sarah McKune explores the link between the United Nations’ human rights mechanisms and cybersecurity. The post also features an interview with UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye.

Privacy and security in cyberspace: Right of all or luxury of the few?

In an article published on openDemocracy.net, Citizen Lab Senior Legal Advisor Sarah McKune writes about the digital threats that civil society organizations (CSOs) face in carrying out their work, which undermine their privacy and compromise sensitive information. “To address this problem we must expand the terms and scope of the debate, exploring the link between the right to privacy and access to digital security more fully,” said McKune.

Helmi Noman interviewed on France 24 international about political hacking in MENA

Noman talked about how almost every political and religious conflict in the Arab world has now migrated to the Internet in the form of hacking and defacement.

Citizen Lab’s experts comment on Heartbleed bug

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire was interviewed for a piece in Wired magazine on Heartbleed, “a bug in the internet’s infrastructure that some are calling the worse thing they’ve seen in years.”

Chris Bronk authors report on cyber threats to US energy industry

Christopher Bronk, a senior fellow at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, has authored a report on cybersecurity threats to the US’s energy industry and infrastructure.