08 Aug 2019

Russia ‘Secretly’ Shuts Down Mobile Internet To Frustrate Moscow Protesters: Report

Earlier this month, Russian authorities ordered the shutdown of various mobile Internet base stations in order to disrupt the digital communication channels of protesters during mass demonstrations against the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, BBC Russia reports. The report is partially based on an internal letter to

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05 Jul 2019

YouTube Hacking Video Ban Sparks Outrage

A YouTube policy banning “instructional hacking and phishing” videos sparked outrage in the infosec community on Thursday after the website gave the prominent Null Byte YouTube channel a strike, preventing a researcher with the channel from uploading an educational cybersecurity video. Various security researchers have ran into this issue since

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06 Jun 2019

Vietnam Cyber Threat: Government-Linked Hackers Ramping Up Attacks

A new report by IntSights identifies Vietnam as a rising cyber threat due to increased activity of state-backed hacking groups like APT32 (OceanLotus) and APT-C-01 (Poison Ivy), as well as a growing cybercrime scene. Earlier this year, Vietnam introduced new cybersecurity legislation that intends to increase the government’s digital censorship

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26 Mar 2019

How the “Great Firewall” extends beyond China

When people read about Internet censorship in China, they rarely consider that practices of censorship and surveillance by tech companies operating in that country may have significant consequences for the privacy and freedom of expression of Internet users in other countries, including the United States. However, James Griffiths, author of

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07 Mar 2019

New law lets Russia jail people who ‘disrespect’ the government online

The lower house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday approved a new law that will allow the government to fine or imprison people who post online content criticizing Russian officials or otherwise displaying “disrespect for society, the state, (and) state symbols of the Russian Federation.” The bill officially aims to

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15 Feb 2019

India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

India’s government has proposed new, sweeping rules that would enable strict government censorship of content. The public comment period on the rules has ended and the government could enact them at any time, worrying opposition candidates and free speech activists ahead of national elections scheduled for the spring. The rules

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26 Sep 2018

China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on e-books hosting and ‘improper values’

In its most recent crackdown on internet content, China has shut down 4,000 websites and accounts for copyright infringements and the spreading of “improper values, vulgarity or obscenity.” This series of crackdowns appeared to target websites hosting free e-books.  Source: China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on ‘improper values’

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05 Sep 2018

Egypt’s Sisi intensifies control over cybersphere

Egypt has increased the policing of cyberspace through a new law ratified over the weekend that permits prosecution for a umber of new “vaguely-defined” offenses. The new law only applies to users to 5,000 or more followers and subjects them to liability and censorship for sharing “fake news,” incitement of

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03 Aug 2018

After a decade, Google finally agrees to censor search results in China

Nearly ten years ago, Google decided to leave its 1/3 share of the Chinese search-engine market rather than censor its search results as mandated by the Chinese government. New reports indicate, however, that Google has been working with Chinese officials to release a censored search engine platform that could me

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