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2020-01-18 - A Georgia election server was vulnerable to Shellshock and may have been hacked

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
(credit: Jason Riedy / Flickr) Forensic evidence shows signs that a Georgia election server may have been hacked ahead of the 2016 and 2018 elections by someone who exploited Shellshock, a critical flaw that gives attackers full control over vulnerable systems, a computer security expert said in... Security Legal

2020-01-18 - ‘Casting Couch’ Movie Company Orders Cloudflare to Unmask Tube Site Pirates

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
Before taking direct legal action against alleged copyright infringers, it helps if the identities of those people are known to the potential plaintiff. One method to obtain this information is to file an application for a DMCA subpoena. Commonly filed against domain registries and Cloudflare, DMCA... Infrastructure and Standardisation Economic Legal

2020-01-18 - City Of Dallas Shuts Down Business Of Man Who Called Cops 414 Times In 20 Months To Deal With Criminals Near His Car Wash

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
Let's talk about nuisance abatement laws. These are laws cities can use to shut down businesses that appear to draw more than their fair share of the criminal element. If you're a fan of asset forfeiture, you'll love nuisance laws. By abdicating their law enforcement... Legal

2020-01-18 - ICANN Needs To Ask More Questions About the Sale of .ORG

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
Over 21,000 people, 660 organizations, and now six Members of Congress have asked ICANN, the organization that regulates the Internet’s domain name system, to halt the $1.135 billion deal that would hand control over PIR, the .ORG domain registry, to private equity. There are crucial reasons this... Infrastructure and Standardisation Human Rights Legal Economic

2020-01-17 - Airbus Asks Court To Dismiss Chuck Yeager's Lawsuit, Pointing Out It Doesn't Allege Anything Actionable

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
You may recall that last summer we wrote about how American aviation legend Chuck Yeager decided to sue Airbus when the company mentioned the fact that Yeager broke the sound barrier in marketing material. Yeager's lawyer is Lincoln Bandlow, who has spent much of the past few years as a... Economic Legal

2020-01-17 - The Business Value of a Diverse InfoSec Team: A Discussion on How Gender, Racial, Cognitive, and LGBTQ Diversity Improves Cybersecurity Outcomes

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
ICIT Diversity in Cybersecurity National security and critical infrastructure resiliency depend on the success of the cybersecurity community’s diversity efforts.  Reducing risk to an organization requires cross-functional stakeholder engagement within the business and its supply chain to balance... Security Sociocultural

2020-01-17 - CIPL Issues White Paper on the USMCA’s Impact on Federal Privacy Law

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
On January 16, 2020, the Senate approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”), sending it to the President’s desk for ratification. Mexico ratified the Agreement in June 2019, and Canada is expected to follow suit later this month. To coincide with its ratification, the Centre for... Legal

2020-01-17 - Manga Scanlation Teams Don’t Want War, They Want Accessible Content

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
In recent months there has been a notable increase in publicised anti-piracy actions against services offering manga content. Publishers have pressured a range of sites, hoping to shut down or at least make life more difficult for these hugely popular platforms. Among the targets was MandaDex, a so... Economic

2020-01-17 - EFF Asks the Supreme Court to Put a Stop to Dangerously Broad Interpretations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 18:11
At EFF, we have spent years fighting the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The law was aimed at computer crime, but it is both vague and draconian—putting people at risk for prison sentences for ordinary Internet behavior. Now, we are asking the Supreme Court to step in and stop dangerous... Security Legal

2020-01-17 - Es tiempo que las ISPs chilenas se pongan del lado de sus usuarios

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
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2020-01-17 - The Evil List: Which tech companies are doing the most harm?

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
BKC fellow Mutale Nkonde responded to Slate with her views on Alphabet: “Unless we have strong privacy protections in place, Google can use our personal data to build advanced technological systems, which, if they are built using datasets with in-built bias, will have a discriminatory impact on... Security

2020-01-17 - Amazon governments vow revenge for “illegal and unjust” ICANN decision on .amazon

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
The eight nations of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization are unhappy that ICANN is giving .amazon to Amazon the retailer and have vowed to spread the word that ICANN has acted “illegally”. ACTO secretary general Alexandra Moreira has written (pdf) to ICANN CEO Göran Marby to say: “We... Economic

2020-01-17 - Slovakia: Press freedom groups welcome start of Kuciak murder trial

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
Ten international and regional press freedom and journalism groups, including the International Press Institute (IPI), today issued a statement welcoming the start of the murder trial against four suspects accused of murdering Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, in... Human Rights Legal

2020-01-17 - New privacy law in Mozambique threatens freedom of expression, activists say

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
Citizens could be prosecuted for sharing images without consentSocial Networks in Mozambique. Photo: Brough Turner, Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) New amendments to the Mozambican Penal Code introduced to protect privacy could threaten freedom of expression, activists say.  The law, passed by the parliament... Human Rights Legal

2020-01-17 - Communications And Digital Economy Minister, Pantami, And NCC Boss, Danbatta, Meets Chairman, Governors Forum, Fayemi In Abuja; Resolution Of Right Of Way Issue On The Menu

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, and Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, met with Governor Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, who doubles as the Chairman of the... Development Economic Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-01-17 - Pitfalls Software Developers Should Avoid When Programming Using API

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
The rate at which cybercrimes occur is, now more pronounced, than ever before and evidence of these nefarious activities, can be seen, in the rise of the rigging of elections, high rate of cyberattacks on businesses and the fact that, the hard-earned money of bank customers, that are being wiped... Security

2020-01-17 - Bringing community insights on human rights priorities to world leaders in Davos

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
At the beginning of each year, hundreds of world leaders and CEOs, along with a small group of civil society reps, gather at the World Economic Forum to help shape global, regional, and industry agendas for worldwide impact. This is my second time traveling to Davos, Switzerland, for the World... Human Rights Security

2020-01-17 - WhatsApp Won’t Be Getting Any Ads But Facebook Still Wants to Make Money Somehow

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
Facebook has reportedly abandoned the plan to bring ads to WhatsApp, but the company is still looking into ways to make money with what’s currently the number one mobile messaging platform on both Android and iOS. A report from The Wall Street Journal reveals that Facebook disbanded the team... Economic

2020-01-17 - [Video] EcoCash CEO Thanks Users For Patience During Bumpy Upgrade

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11
EcoCash’s CEO Natalie Jabangwe thanked users of the mobile money service for their patience with EcoCash: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFKHere%26#39;s a little... Economic

2020-01-16 - Study Shows The Internet Is Hugely Vulnerable To SIM Hijacking Attacks

Thu, 16/01/2020 - 18:10
U.S. Wireless carriers are coming under heavy fire for failing to protect their users from the practice of SIM hijacking. The practice usually involves conning or bribing a wireless employee to port a victim's cell phone number right out from underneath them, letting the attacker then pose as... Infrastructure and Standardisation Security