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After Las Vegas shooting, Nevada officials go after sham websites seeking donations – Fox News, Featuring Alex Ha

The Nevada Attorney General’s office is investigating reports of fake online charities collecting donations on behalf of victims that were killed or wounded at a shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas Oct. 1. Officials are partnering with GoFundMe and other social media sites to take down these fraudulent pages. There has been at least one Faceboo
Publish At:2017-10-21 18:35 | Read:179 | Comments:0 | Tags:In The News

Anyone who uses Social Security Numbers for security is crazy… – Yahoo Finance, Featuring Alex Hamerstone

The Equifax hack that compromised 143 million Social Security numbers didn’t just destroy the country’s trust in credit bureaus; it also most certainly killed the use of SSNs for security and identity authentication. The nine-digit SSN has been used for this purpose for years. Typically, the last six digits of a SSN are used because the first three digits co
Publish At:2017-10-03 16:40 | Read:278 | Comments:0 | Tags:In The News

DHS vs. Kaspersky Lab: Why the US government is ditching the Russian software giant. – Fox News, Featuring Alex Ha

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban federal agencies and departments from using products from Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab comes as no surprise, say security experts.  Officials say that the prominent company poses a threat to U.S. national security and have given government agencies and departments 90 days to get rid of Ka
Publish At:2017-09-15 05:10 | Read:279 | Comments:0 | Tags:In The News

How to Stop the Next Unstoppable Mega-Breach or Slow it Down – Wired, Featuring Alex Hamerstone

The recent, massive Equifax data breach, which put 143 million US consumers’ personal data at risk—including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some drivers license and credit card numbers—drove home the dangers facing any organization that stores a valuable trove of data. But awareness alone hasn’t stopped or even slowed
Publish At:2017-09-12 21:55 | Read:267 | Comments:0 | Tags:In The News

Computer hackers increasingly eyeing ‘smart appliances’ in homes

Computer hackers increasingly eyeing ‘smart appliances’ in homes CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – The Black Hat and Defcon cyber security conventions get underway this week in Las Vegas. Tens of thousands of computer experts will be gathering to discuss the latest threats and trends. They’ll also be receiving training to help businesses and con
Publish At:2017-07-27 08:40 | Read:448 | Comments:0 | Tags:In The News

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
Publish At:2015-01-05 21:45 | Read:955 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the News Privacy Surveillance Telecom

Morgan Marquis-Boire featured in New Zealand Herald

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire was featured in the December 9 edition of the New Zealand Herald newspaper. Marquis-Boire discussed his research into online threats to activists and media and his work as the director of security at First Look Media. Marquis-Boire will deliver the keynote presentation at this year’s Kiwicon,
Publish At:2014-12-09 20:50 | Read:1364 | Comments:0 | Tags:In the News Morgan Marquis-Boire Privacy Surveillance

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
Publish At:2014-12-09 20:50 | Read:1208 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the News Canada Social Media Surveill

Jason Q. Ng contributes to China censorship discussion

Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jason Q. Ng spoke at a panel organized by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs regarding censorship in Asia. Panelists considered ways of measuring global censorship, and discussed potential paths forward in combating these issues. Ng was joined by  Meredith Whittaker, who is the Open Source Resea
Publish At:2014-12-01 23:50 | Read:1699 | Comments:0 | Tags:In the News Jason Q. Ng News and Announcements Censorship Ch

Helmi Noman interviewed for piece on Syrian Electronic Army

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman was interviewed by the International Business Times regarding the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) and its attack of several international news sites. The SEA is a group of hackers in support of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad’s regime, known to target opposition political group.The most recent cyber-attack it car
Publish At:2014-12-01 23:50 | Read:1596 | Comments:0 | Tags:Helmi Noman In the News News and Announcements Hacking Syria

Jon Penney interviewed regarding Canadian security agencies

Canada’s spy agencies frequently consult the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) to intercept Canadians’ communications, a fact which has become evident from information emerging from a series of court cases. In March of 2014, a Federal Court judge ordered details of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) surveillance p
Publish At:2014-12-01 23:50 | Read:2349 | Comments:0 | Tags:In the News Jon Penney News and Announcements Canada CSEC Su

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
Publish At:2014-11-28 01:10 | Read:1350 | Comments:0 | Tags:Christopher Parsons In the News News and Announcements Canad

Epoch Times article features OpenNet Initiative and Access series

In a piece titled “3 Ways to Educate Yourself Right Now About Internet Censorship,” the Epoch Times cited the OpenNet Initiative as one of the best resources in learning about Internet filtering. The OpenNet initiative (ONI) is a joint project between the SecDev Group, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and the C
Publish At:2014-11-25 05:35 | Read:1052 | Comments:0 | Tags:In the News News and Announcements OpenNet Initiative

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