Group This week, lawyers and human rights investigators asked The Hague to provide what the first ever accusation of “military cybercrimes”. The group is calling on the International Criminal Court to bring charges against the dangerous and destructive Russian hacker group known as Sandworm, which is run by the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. Meanwhile, activists are working on ban Russia from using satellites controlled by the French company Eutelsat to broadcast government propaganda programs.
This week, researchers published data showing that thousands of popular websites record data that users enter into forms on the site before they hit the submit button, even if the user closes the page without submitting anything. Google released a report on in-depth security analysis conducted jointly with chip manufacturer AMD to detect and fix deficiencies in the special security processors used in the Google cloud infrastructure. The company also announced a host of privacy and security features for its new Android 13 mobile operating system, as well as a vision of how to make them easier for people to understand and use.
The European Union is considering adopting a child protection law that would require scanning private chats, potentially undermining end-to-end encryption on a massive scale. In addition, advocates from the non-profit cybersecurity organization BIO-ISAC racing to protect the bioeconomy from digital threatsannouncing this week a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to help fund incident response resources on a pay-what-you-can basis.
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The United States is finalizing a new generation of highly secure encryption standards that will be secure under current technical conditions and designed to be bypassed in the age of quantum computing. And while the National Security Agency helped create new standards, the agency says it has no specific means to undermine protection. Rob Joyce, the NSA’s director of cybersecurity, told Bloomberg this week: “There are no backdoors.” situation in the early 2010s in which the US removed the algorithm developed by the NSA as a federal standard due to problems with the backdoor.
An extensive investigation by the Georgetown Law Center for Privacy and Technology reveals a more detailed picture than ever before of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement surveillance capabilities and practices. According to a report released this week, ICE began developing its surveillance infrastructure at the end of the George W. Bush administration, many years before it was previously thought to have started those efforts. And the researchers found that ICE spent $2.8 billion on surveillance technology, including facial recognition, between 2008 and 2021. ICE was already known for its aggressive and invasive surveillance tactics during the Donald Trump administration’s anti-immigration crackdown, but the report also claims that ICE “played a key role in the federal government’s broader drive to gather as much information as possible” about people in the United States.
“Our two-year investigation, including hundreds of FOIA requests and a comprehensive review of ICE’s contract and procurement records, indicates that ICE is now acting as an internal oversight agency,” the report said. “By accessing state and local government digital records and buying databases of billions of data points from private companies, ICE has built a surveillance infrastructure that allows it to obtain detailed dossiers on virtually anyone, seemingly at any time.”
In a lawsuit this week, facial recognition and surveillance startup Clearview AI agreed to a number of restrictions on its US business, including not selling its fingerprint database to businesses or individuals in the country. The company says it has more than 10 billion face prints in its arsenal, from people around the world, collected from photos found online. The settlement came after the American Civil Liberties Union accused Clearview of violating the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act. The agreement also stipulates that the company will not be allowed to sell access to its Illinois database for five years. “This agreement demonstrates that strong privacy laws can provide real protection against abuse,” said Nathan Fried Wessler, ACLU Associate Project Director for Speech, Privacy and Technology. statement. Despite the privacy victory, Clearview may continue to sell its services to federal law enforcement agencies, including ICE, and police departments outside of Illinois.
Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chavez said Sunday the country is declaring a national emergency after the notorious Conti ransomware gang infected several government offices with malware last week. Sunday was the first day of Chávez’s presidency. Conti leaked some of the 672GB of stolen data from several Costa Rica agencies. In April, the Costa Rica Social Security Administration announced that it had been the victim of a Conti attack. “A perimeter security check of the Conti Ransomware is currently underway to check and prevent possible attacks,” the agency said in a statement. tweeted at that time.
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