Beijing expected to boost cyber security industry, censorship

ChinaThe rise of the internet in China has forced the government, the private sector and individuals in China to pay as much attention to information and cyber security as they do to censorship. The government has devised a series of plans since 2012 to better protect cyber security and these plans are expected to boost the development of related industries, the Securities Weekly reported. They may well also provide a useful pretext for furthering the government’s control over freedom of discourse on the web.

Anti-censorship group in China faces DDoS attack

China.gifAn activist group working to end China’s Internet censorship is facing an ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that threatens to cripples its activities., a censorship watchdog based within the country, reported on Thursday that it had been hit with its first ever DDoS attack. Although it’s not known who is behind the attack, China has been suspected of using the tactic before to take down activist websites.

Anti-censorship activist site under DDoS attack, bandwidth costs skyrocket, the outspoken activist website that openly fights against web censorship in China, reported yesterday it is under a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Greatfire representative Charlie Smith (a psuedonym) says the attack began shortly after the website was cited in a Wall Street Journal article describing tactics used to circumvent China’s censors and make mirrors of blocked websites accessible from the mainland.

Indonesia’s technology minister needs to step up on censorship and privacy

IndonesiaPart 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.

Chinese anti-censorship website under DDoS attack

China.gifWASHINGTON: A US-subsidized advocacy group that helps internet users inside China bypass blockages on censored content says it is suffering a mysterious denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations. says the attack started two days ago and internet traffic is 2,500 times above normal. It says the attack has affected “mirror,” or duplicate, websites that it has set up via encrypted web services offered by companies like Amazon.

Australian law enforcement asks for more Facebook user data

AustraliaAustralian law enforcement and government agencies are asking for increasingly more data on Facebook users, the latest figures from the social media giant show. In the six months from July to December last year, Australian government agencies requested 36 percent more data on Facebook user accounts than in the previous six month period. Facebook’s latest twice-yearly government requests report reveals it received 829 requests for user data on 933 accounts from Australia. It handed over the data on 69 percent of requests.,australian-law-enforcement-asks-for-more-facebook-user-data.aspx

India tops globally in Facebook content censorship in H2 2014

IndiaNEW DELHI: Facebook Inc recorded a slight increase in government requests for account data in the second half of 2014, according to its Global Government Requests Report, which includes information about content removal. Requests for account data increased to 35,051 in the second half of 2014 from 34,946 in the first half, with requests from countries such as India rising and those from others including United States and Germany falling, the report by the world’s largest internet social network showed.

The 10 commandments of Wechat: new rules for what you can and can’t post

China.gifWeChat, the most popular messaging app and social network in China with 468 million monthly active users, yesterday set in stone 10 rules for users posting to the app’s news feed, called Moments in English (h/t to 36kr for spotting). An article from the WeChat Security Center says the service will “resolutely crack down on all kinds of illegal content and behavior.

A/NZ agencies spy on ‘friendlies’ for NSA

New ZealandSignals intelligence agencies in Australia and New Zealand spy on friendly countries in the Pacific, gathering up full communications that are forwarded to the United States National Security Agency (NSA), acccording to leaked documents. The documents are the latest leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and were published jointly by the New Zealand Herald and The Intercept.,anz-agencies-spy-on-friendlies-for-nsa.aspx

Social media sites in China purge 60,000 fake accounts ahead of new regulations

ChinaChina’s State Internet Information Office (SIIO) today reported the country’s popular social networks have wiped out roughly 60,000 fake accounts in authorities’ latest campaign to cleanse the internet of impersonators, according to Techweb. The top three social networks – Sina Weibo, and Tencent’s WeChat and QQ – conducted the cleanup internally after the SIIO announced new regulations would go into affect this Sunday, March 1.

Govt bans Gmail for official work, to monitor staff’s online activities

IndiaNEW DELHI: The government will be monitoring online activities of bureaucrats on official computers, block content which it feels is adversely affecting the productivity of the babus and also have a right to delete e-mails or internet history on such computers after intimating the user. The measures are a part of twin notifications issued by the Narendra Modi government on February 18 by which the use of private e-mail networks like Gmail and Yahoo has now also been officially banned for all government use.

China deletes over 60,000 Internet accounts for breaching regulations

ChinaBEIJING, Feb 27 — Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc, Sina Corp affiliate Weibo Corp and other companies deleted the accounts in a cull aimed at “rectifying” online names, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said.

IAMAI to identify objectionable web content: Ravi Shankar Prasad

IndiaNEW DELHI: The government has given the task of identifying objectionable content on the internet to industry body IAMAI, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Parliament today. “Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), an association of content providers, has been mandated to prepare a list of objectionable sites, particularly pornographic websites, available on internet. “The identified sites will then be considered for disabling,” Prasad told Rajya Sabha. At present, Indian arms of leading internet companies occupy top ranks at IAMAI.

China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts

ChinaBEIJING: Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc, Sina Corp affiliate Weibo Corp and other companies deleted the accounts in a cull aimed at “rectifying” online names, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said.

China will start censoring online usernames this Sunday

China.gifIf you use any of China’s online services and you’ve got a cheeky username, we’ve got some bad news for you: judgement day is drawing nigh. Starting on Sunday March 1, government regulations banning the use of certain kinds of nicknames online in China will go into effect, and Chinese tech companies will be forced to crack down. Wondering if your username will be affected? Here’s what’s banned under the new rules:

China’s government wants to control what usernames you can pick on the web

China.gifChina’s government has long been interested in ensuring that people’s online personas are connected to their actual identity. Its efforts to enforce real-name registration go back years. But real-name registration has not meant that users’ choice of username is restricted. It has simply meant that behind that username, there had to be a real identity that government agents could access in case the account was used for law-breaking.

LinkedIn Doubles User Base in China Amid Social Media Censorship

ChinaLinkedIn has increased its user base in China from four million to eight million, according to its earnings report released Thursday. This doubled size in user base proves that despite the government’s strict censorship, foreign social networking sites still stand a chance in China. The business-oriented social networking service officially entered China in February 2014 with the launch of Lingying, its Chinese language site. By then, it already had about fourmillion members in its English language site.

Government Censorship Curbs Social Media Use in China

ChinaIn the span of one year, the number of people in China that see the positive impact of social media has dropped significantly. A recent study reveals 68 percent of users in 2014 think social media makes their life better, a 12 percent drop from the previous year. In 2013, QQzone emerged as the top social media channel. According to survey conducted by Kantar, a market research firm, the top three social media channels are WeChat, QQzone and Weibo.

China demands use of real names in social media accounts

ChinaTo 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.

VPN providers play ‘cat-and-mouse’ with China’s growing censorship

ChinaAmit Bareket calls it a “cat-and-mouse” game. In this instance, his company is the mouse, and the Chinese government is a giant cat. The two sides are continually at odds, because Bareket’s company, SaferVPN, is one of many that provide software tools designed to circumvent the country’s notorious Internet censorship. These tools are growing more popular in China, in spite of recent government attempts to block them, according to Bareket.