You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act – which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year – there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws. Under these laws, such “supplies of technology” come under a censorship regime involving criminal penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. How could this be?
NEW DELHI: Trishna Saikia (name changed) could not believe it when her best friend created a fake profile of her on a social networking site and sent derogatory messages to common friends in a bid to get back at Saikia for dating a boy she liked. “She used my personal images and insulted me on a public forum,” the victim related. Like Saikia, many young girls and boys fall prey to online abuse and cyberbullying, which experts describe as “the intentional use of harmful words to put another person down.”
Australia’s largest telco Telstra has pleged to keep the metadata it is required to store on its customers for two years safe after the data retention scheme passed the Senate last night. The Government and the Labor Party united last night to vote through the Coalition’s data retention bill, despite a last-ditch effort by the Greens and several independents to make changes to the bill.
Part of Indonesia’s future development hinges on how quickly and efficiently the world’s fourth most populous nation is able to embrace digitization and make it work in its favor. The man in charge of shepherding Indonesia’s digital development is Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Rudiantara. He was inaugurated in October 2014 as part of President Joko Widodo’s new cabinet.
The parliamentary committee tasked with investigating the Government’s data retention bill has put its support behind the long-mooted introduction of a mandatory data breach notification scheme. The committee made the recommendation today in its report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. Australia’s Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has long pushed for the introduction of laws that would force companies to notify customers as well as his office if personal information had been compromised in a data breach.
Security researchers warned that an adware program called Superfish, which was preloaded on some Lenovo consumer laptops, opened computers to attack. However, it seems that the same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs. Superfish uses a man-in-the-middle proxy component to interfere with encrypted HTTPS connections, undermining the trust between users and websites. It does this by installing its own root certificate in Windows and uses that certificate to re-sign SSL certificates presented by legitimate websites.
There have always been worries that the Chinese government could use its power to force homegrown technology companies like ZTE, Huawei, Qihoo 360 and Lenovo to spy on user communications, but now a bombshell has landed that shows Lenovo is forcing adware onto users’ computers on the company’s own volition.
Computer giant Lenovo has come under fire from users and security pundits after its consumer laptops were found to contain pre-installed adware/malware which could be used to intercept and hijack encrypted Transport Layer Security communications in Microsoft Windows. The ‘Superfish’ adware is a third-party application that was, until last month, installed on all Lenovo consumer laptops.
To eliminate fake social media accounts that impersonate public figures, the Chinese government has issued new rules that go much further and outlaw anonymity in blogs, social networks, discussion forums and IM services. The move, announced Wednesday, is the latest in a recent string of Chinese government actions that have increased online censorship in the country.
China plans to impose a ban on internet accounts that impersonate people or organisations, and force users to register with their real names online, its internet watchdog said on Wednesday. China has repeatedly made attempts to require internet users to register for online accounts using their real names, although with mixed success.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to inspect Google Korea and other leading location-based services (LBS) providers over data and privacy protection. It will look into the Korean offices of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm and BMW to check their latest updates for addressing privacy concerns. The nation’s dominant web portals Naver, Daum Kakao, along with the country’s three carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― Samsung and LG Electronics, SK Energy and Hyundai Motor will all be subject to questioning about their privacy policies, said a senior official at the KCC.
TAIPEI: Taiwan’s communication regulator on Tuesday said 12 mobile phone brands sold locally, including Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc, do not violate personal data protection laws. Handsets made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp, Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics Inc and Sony Corp also do not breach the laws, the National Communications Commission said.
People across Asia Pacific are working in new ways, at varying times and from different locations. They can work from home or semi-permanent locations including project sites, customer event sites or even on-the-go. The era of connectivity and technological speed has improved internal and external collaboration while enhancing employee engagement within and between organizations that transcends geographies.
Coolpad, the world’s sixth largest smartphone manufacturer, installed a back door that allows the company to install applications, send alerts, and monitor communications without user knowledge or approval. According to Palo Alto Networks, which discovered the security flaw, the “CoolReaper” backdoor has been found on 24 Coolpad phone models sold in China, adding up to over 10 million devices.
Apple can have access to China, as long as it protects users’ privacy, a top Chinese official told the company’s CEO last week. The head of the country’s Cyberspace Administration, Lu Wei, met with Apple’s Tim Cook on Saturday as part of a visit to the company, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said in a Monday report.
The warning was given after Bkav Security conducted a survey from August to November 2014 in large cities where wifi is provided for free, such as Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hoi An and Ha Long. The experts pointed out that there could be three forms of attacks, including Man in the Middle (cyber attacks where a malicious actor goes between two parties & gains access to private information), Phishing (when internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick users into giving out their personal information) and SSID Spoofing (criminals use spoofed service set identifiers (SSIDs) to lure wireless users).
Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015, while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca. Speaking at the vendor’s Innovation Forum 2014 in Singapore, De Luca outlined the company’s predictions for 2015.
The Malaysian government is drafting a new policy to better protect information being accessed by officials through their mobile devices, the Government Chief Information Officer has told FutureGov. “The new policy will be about protecting information, regardless of what channel or endpoint device is accessing the information,” said Dr. Suhazimah Dzazali. It will tier access to information, acknowledging that access from both government and personal devices are likely.
Four months after Singapore’s first privacy protection laws came into effect, the chief counsel to the nation’s Personal Data Protection Commission concedes there is “still a fair amount of work to do” to get the business community up to date with the demands of the new regime. Speaking in Sydney to the ANZ branch of the international association of privacy professionals (iappANZ), David Alfred said a recent survey of ‘privacy readiness’ amongst Singapore business showed that 65 percent of organisations were prepared for the new laws, key elements of which came into effect in 2 July 2014.