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Canada’s Quiet History Of Weakening Communications Encryption

Authors: Christopher Parsons, Tamir IsraelIntroductionAmerican and British officials have been warning with an increasing sense of purported urgency that their inability to decrypt communications could have serious consequences. American authorities have claimed that if they cannot demand decrypted communications from telecommunications providers then seriou
Publish At:2015-08-11 22:40 | Read:4176 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons Reports and Briefings Research News Cana

Christopher Parsons on the Canadian government’s “secret network” hack

A “secret network” launched by the Canadian federal government last year, costing millions of dollars to taxpayers, came under close scrutiny following a suspected hack. The network is based at the Federal Treasury Board, and was produced after hackers attacked department servers in 2011. In an interview with Global News, Citizen Lab Postdoctoral
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Pakistan to ban BlackBerry encrypted messaging

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), a government agency responsible for the establishment and operation of telecommunications in the country, ordered the shutdown of BlackBerry’s encrypted communication services for businesses.Citizen Lab Cyber Stewards Network partner Bytes for All, Pakistan received an internal document from a PTA whistle
Publish At:2015-08-07 13:40 | Read:2677 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the Media Pakistan Surveillance

The Governance of Telecommunications Surveillance

The Telecommunications Transparency Project is happy to announce the release of The Governance of Telecommunications Surveillance: How Opaque and Unaccountable Practices and Policies Threaten Canadians. The Project is associated with the Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and the re
Publish At:2015-05-27 05:10 | Read:4727 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons Reports and Briefings Research News


Read this summary in English.Translated by: Kun (Cleo) Zhang and Jason Q. Ng摘要UC浏览器是一种移动浏览器,它目前拥有超过5亿的注册用户,是中国和印度最受欢迎的手机浏览器。在《啰嗦的松鼠:UC浏览器的隐私与安全问题》这一报告中,公民实验室(Citizen Lab)发现中文和英文安卓版UC浏览器中存在多个隐私及安全漏洞, 并讨论了它们的重要性。报告显示安卓版UC浏览器在保护数据方面表现欠佳。报告描述了中文版本在传输数据到其目的地的过程中,对用户的敏感数据保护不足,相关的敏感数据包括装置辨识符、临近无线网络(Wi-Fi)访问点、移动信号塔信息、以及发送给搜索引擎Shenma的搜索问题。 中文版的UC浏览器会永久记忆用户的DNS查询历史,即使
Publish At:2015-05-21 14:20 | Read:5309 | Comments:0 | Tags:Adam Senft Andrew Hilts Christopher Parsons Jakub Dalek Jaso

A Chatty Squirrel: Privacy and Security Issues with UC Browser

Authors: Jakub Dalek (lead), Katie Kleemola (lead), Adam Senft (lead), Christopher Parsons, Andrew Hilts, Sarah McKune, Jason Q. Ng, Masashi Crete-Nishihata, John Scott-Railton, Ronald DeibertMedia coverage: ReutersDownload PDF version.Read the CBC News story.Read The Intercept article.Read our primer on mobile privacy and security.Read the summary: Privacy
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Summary: Privacy and Security Issues with UC Browser

Download PDF versionRead the full report.Read the summary in Chinese (啰嗦的松鼠:UC浏览器的隐私与安全问题).UC Browser is a mobile web browser application that has over 500 million registered users and is the most popular mobile web browser in China and India. The report “A Chatty Squirrel: An Analysis of Privacy and Security Issues with UC Browser” discusses the significanc
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Christopher Parsons on Canada’s CSIS

In an internal report obtained by the Toronto Star, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) explains that the spy agency cannot keep up with threats from state-sponsored hackers. CSIS said that the “scale of the threat has fast outpaced (their) capacity,” and the agency has been required to “prioritize” their efforts. In separate reports, CSIS also
Publish At:2015-05-15 23:10 | Read:4768 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the Media Canada CSEC CSIS Cybersecur

Christopher Parsons on Bell hacking, FBI investigation

Citizen Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons spoke to the Ottawa Citizen regarding the hacking of Bell Canada last year, in which the records of more than 12,000 Canadians were posted online. During the subsequent investigation, it was revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) allowed the hackers stage the attack from what was secretly a
Publish At:2015-04-28 15:55 | Read:4545 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the Media Canada FBI Hacking

Chris Parsons on CSE targeting Canadians

In an article published in the National Post, Citizen Lab Post-doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons explains that the activities of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) constitute as spying on Canadians. Parsons summarizes several findings regarding the mandate and practices of the organization leaked over the last year and a half, many of which st
Publish At:2015-04-01 01:15 | Read:3257 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the Media News and Announcements Cana

Christopher Parsons on the effectiveness of telecommunications transparency reports

In a draft paper recently uploaded to the Social Science Research Network, entitled “Do Transparency Reports Matter for Public Policy? Evaluating the effectiveness of telecommunications transparency reports,” Dr. Christopher Parsons analyses the extent to which Canadian telecommunications companies’ transparency reports respond to a set of public policy goal
Publish At:2015-01-13 17:30 | Read:3755 | Comments:0 | Tags:Articles Christopher Parsons Research News Canada paper Tele

The Canadian SIGINT Summaries

Journalists with access to leaked documents have reported on the partnerships and activities undertaken by Canada’s foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT) agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), since October 2013. As a result of their stories we know that the Canadian government hosts collection facilities in its diplomatic outposts for SIGI
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Christopher Parsons on top privacy issues in Canada in 2014

Christopher Parsons, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and managing director of the Telecom Transparency Project, spoke to Canada.com regarding how discussions around privacy shifted in 2014 and what to expect in 2015.Parsons highlighted, among others, the revelations that Canada’s signals intelligence agency, Communicatio
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Christopher Parsons on social media surveillance

Christopher Parsons spoke to CBC Radio’s Q program to discuss the Canadian government’s growing interest in the real-time contents of social media and the degree to which they’re monitoring hashtags and online conversations.This month, Christopher Parsons also spoke to the Washington Post regarding Uber’s rider database. The company h
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Christopher Parsons weighs in on privacy concerns in Canada

Citizen Lab Post-Doctoral Fellow Christopher Parsons was interviewed by a number of media outlets on several privacy concerns in Canada this month, ranging from topics such as the expansion of Toronto Police Service’s surveillance technologies, the collection of social media data by the government, and concerns with particular mobile applications.In an
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