Tag Archives: Human Rights

Social Engineering Attacks on Government Opponents

Citizen Lab Senior Research Fellow Bill Marczak has co-authored a paper titled “Social Engineering Attacks on Government Opponents: Target Perspectives,” along with Vern Paxson of UC Berkeley.

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.

Research Fellow Bill Marczak’s Bahrain Watch blocks tear gas exports to Bahrain

Research Fellow Bill Marczak’s Bahrain Watch announced that its #StopTheShipment campaign has succeeded in blocking tear gas exports to Bahrain.

Russian authorities search Human Rights Watch offices

Source: Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters

Russian authorities searched the Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch and three other prominent advocacy groups on Wednesday, part of a wave of hundreds of inspections that activists say is a campaign to silence criticism of President Vladimir Putin.

Civil society hung out to dry in global cyber espionage

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert and Senior Researcher Sarah McKune authored a new article in CircleID on the often overlooked dimension of cyber threats and cyber espionage: the targeting of civil society actors.

Sombath case a ‘blow’ to ASEAN

Source: Radio Free Asia

The “forced disappearance” of Lao activist Sombath Somphone is a blow to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), rights groups said Tuesday.

Iranian journalists in fear after arrests

Source: The Guardian

The arrests of at least 15 journalists in Tehran over the course of three days this week, just a few months before the June presidential election, has come as a shock to members of the Iranian press.

First annual Access Innovation Awards prize winners announced

Source: Access Now

Access is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Access Innovation Prize.

Surveillance malware targets UAE activist as exploit sellers implicated

Source: Tom Brewster, Tech Week Europe

A prominent activist from the UAE has been targeted by surveillance malware likely to have been created by an Italian company, with a French exploit seller implicated too, according to researchers.

Spyware leaves trail to beaten activist through Microsoft flaw

Source: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

On a Monday in July, Ahmed Mansoor sat in his study in Dubai and made the mistake of clicking on a Microsoft Word attachment that arrived in an e-mail, labeled “very important” in Arabic, from a sender he thought he recognized.