29 Sep 2022

Hackers Use Telegram and Signal to Assist Protestors in Iran

Multiple different hacker groups are leveraging the popular platforms Telegram and Signal to aid anti-government protestors in Iran. Iranian citizens have lost full access to the internet and are instead suffering from outages and regime restrictions. The hackers are also utilizing dark web tools to circumvent these restrictions. Check Point

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16 Nov 2021

A Better Understanding of the Size and Strength of China’s Great Firewall

A research team uncovered that the Great Firewall (GFW) runs a hidden layer of HTTPS censorship. Another team of researchers determined the size of the GFW through a nine-month project measuring Chinese DNS censorship. Censorship evasion strategy tools and a DNS blocking measurement platform dashboard have also been made available by the researchers.

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25 Mar 2021

ProtonVPN CEO Blasts Apple for ‘Aiding Tyrants’ in Myanmar

Andy Yen, the CEO of ProtonVPN, has put Apple on blast for allegedly rejecting a security update necessary to protect human-rights abuse evidence. Yen claims that Apple is “aiding tyrants” by not protecting the protestor’s best interests in Myanmar amid bloody and violent clashes. Yen released a blog post discussing

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22 Mar 2021

China Punishes Microsoft’s LinkedIn Over Lax Censorship

LinkedIn is the only major American social networking site allowed to operate in China, but only operates after the service censors the posts made by its millions of users. The Microsoft-owned service is now facing criticism after not censoring enough. The site for professionals was rebuked by China’s internet regulator

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17 Mar 2021

China Appears to Block Popular Encrypted Messaging App Signal

In China this week, a popular messaging app called Signal became unusable, according to local media. The move to stifle one of the most widely used encrypted messaging apps represented China’s campaign to block public and private discourse in China. Many other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and

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21 Dec 2020

No ‘Negative’ News: How China Censored the Coronavirus

At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese officials were accused of hiding information about the infectious virus that could have benefitted other nations. However, the issue of relaying information and censorship in China regarding the coronavirus is much deeper than this initial incident, according to Chinese sources. Li Wenliang,

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14 Oct 2020

Governments are using the pandemic to crack down on digital rights, report finds

A new report published by Freedom House concedes that an assessment of 65 countries lead them to conclude that some governments are using the COVID-19 pandemic to introduce new digital surveillance and data collection tools that hinder citizens’ rights. The report, titled Freedom on the Net 2020, found that the

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04 Mar 2020

China’s WeChat censorship during COVID-19 outbreak poses public-health risk, researchers say

A new report published by researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy has illuminated the broad scope of information about the coronavirus that has been suppressed by Chinese authorities and what the implications of this censorship may by in

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14 Feb 2020

India keeps lid on Kashmir’s internet 6 months into lockdown

Six months ago, India’s government stripped Kashmir of all autonomy the region once possessed and enforced a communications blackout. It has since heralded the restoration of the internet, however, it is limited and very slow speed. The shift signifies a step in the right direction for Kashmiris. However, the region’s

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15 Jan 2020

China’s government poses a ‘global threat to human rights,’ report finds

The NGO Human Rights Watch has released a statement claiming that the Chinese government poses a global threat to human rights. In the NGO’s annual report, it stated that the Chinese government is carrying out an intensive attack on the global system for enforcing human rights, after evaluating nearly 100

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