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August 14, 2017
China probes social media platforms for 'obscenity'
Beijing (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
China has launched probes into three of its largest social networking platforms over the suspected dissemination of violence and obscenity - the latest move aimed at sanitising the country's increasingly closed-off internet. The world's most popular messaging service WeChat, the Twitter-like Weibo as well as the Tieba discussion forum are being investigated, according to an announcement from the Cyberspace Administration of China on Friday. Citing reports from internet users, the administration ... read more

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'Oh, bother': Chinese censors can't bear Winnie the Pooh
Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger China's censors? Some mentions of the lovable but dimwitted bear with a weakness for "hunny" have been blocked on Chinese social networks. ... more
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Major cyber-attack as costly as Hurricane Sandy: Lloyd's
A serious cyber-attack could cost the global economy as much as $53 billion, putting it on a par with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to a report Monday by Lloyd's of London. ... more
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Arrest shines light on shadowy community of good, bad hackers
Two months ago, Marcus Hutchins was an "accidental hero," a young computer whiz living with his parents in Britain who found the "kill switch" to the devastating WannaCry ransomware. ... more
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China's web users fear losing tools to bypass 'Great Firewall'
Enterprising internet users in China fear the tools they use to tunnel through the country's "Great Firewall" may soon disappear, as Beijing tightens its grip on the web. ... more
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ICF to support Army cyber-security operations, research
Technology services provider ICF has received a $93 million contract to support the cyber-operations and cyber-security research of the U.S. Army. ... more
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UK security researcher 'hero' accused of creating bank malware
A British computer security researcher hailed as a hero for thwarting the "WannaCry" ransomware onslaught was in US custody on Thursday after being indicted on charges of creating malware to attack banks. ... more
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Apple removes some VPN services from Chinese app store
Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China's "Great Firewall" from its app store in the country, the company confirmed Sunday, sparking criticism that it was bowing to Beijing's tightening web censorship. ... more
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Global ransomware attacks on the rise: Europol
Global ransomware attacks soared by over 11 percent in the 12 months to March, Europol reported Tuesday, but specialist tools developed with its partners had helped unlock some 28,000 encrypted devices. ... more

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Army opens cybersecurity research laboratory
A new laboratory that provides access to sensitive, live cybersecurity data has been opened by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Army announced on Friday. ... more
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Simplifying surveillance with social media
The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new Ludwig-Maximilians-Unive ... more
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China orders tech firms to ramp up censorship
China has ordered the country's biggest technology firms to immediately "rectify" violations and shut accounts that publish "bad information", in the latest move by authorities to tighten policing of the web. ... more
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Cyber and Space Defense Units to Enter Operation in India
Two separate cyber and space agencies for defense will soon enter operation in India, Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra revealed this week. The new agencies will protect defense-related websites from h ... more
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Chinese censors scrub emoji tributes to Nobel winner
China's censors raced Friday to scrub social media networks of candles, RIP and other tributes to Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo as they seek to silence discussion about the prominent dissident's death. ... more
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Why you might trust a quantum computer with secrets
Here's the scenario: you have sensitive data and a problem that only a quantum computer can solve. You have no quantum devices yourself. You could buy time on a quantum computer, but you don't want ... more
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US bans Kaspersky software amid concerns over Russia ties
The US government has moved to block federal agencies from buying software from Russia-based Kaspersky Labs, amid concerns about the company's links to intelligence services in Moscow. ... more
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Booz Allen Hamilton wins cyber-security contact
The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency has tapped Booz Allen Hamilton to help improve the Department of Defense's cyber-security and risk management. ... more

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Hackers could tap EEGs, observe brainwaves to steal passwords
Hackers could tap into your brainwaves to steal sensitive passwords,warn researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. ... more
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Researchers demonstrate new firewall that protects cellphones from security threat
Cyber security researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) developed an innovative firewall program that adds a missing layer of security in Android cellphones and monitors for malicious ... more
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Utilities including nuclear firms hacked: NYT
Firms operating nuclear power plants and other energy facilities in the US have been hacked in recent months, the New York Times reported Thursday. ... more
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IAI investing in European cybersecurity companies
Israel Aerospace Industries' Cyber Division is investing in companies in Holland and Hungary to expand its research and development activities in the field. ... more
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NATO says cyber attacks a call to arms
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned the alliance must step up its defence against cyberattacks, saying they could potentially trigger their Article 5 mutual defence commitment. ... more
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Chernobyl's radiation monitoring hit by cyberattack: spokeswoman
The radiation monitoring system at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear site has been taken offline after a massive cyberattack, forcing employees to use hand-held counters to measure levels, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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China orders halt to video streaming on major websites
China's media oversight body announced Thursday that it has ordered three prominent Internet companies to terminate their video and audio streaming services. ... more
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China agrees to fight corporate hacking in Canada
China has pledged not to carry out state-sponsored cyberattacks against the intellectual property of Canadian firms, the two sides said Monday. ... more
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