With the recent revelations of mass United States government surveillance, existing Internet governance arrangements have become more than untenable – for many they have become an outrage. And the solutions that governments proposed at WSIS – the IGF and the unfinished process towards enhanced cooperation – have not provided the substantial changes that stakeholders, particularly from the developing world, are now demanding. The speech that President Dilma Rousseff delivered to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September set the scene for change, describing her anger at the “grave violation of human rights and civil liberties” represented by the US surveillance revelations: It affects the international community itself and demands a response from it. Inform
Ongoing conflict in Syria has resulted in a “surge” of Nigerian scam emails containing references to the Middle East country, says global internet security firm Kaspersky. A civil war has been raging in Syria since 2011 as rebel forces seek to oust the Ba'ath government. And Nigerian spammers have sought to take advantage of the on-edge political situation in Syria, says Kaspersky. Kaspersky says the Nigerian scam messages, written in the names of representatives of reputed Syrian and UK banks, typically state that their ‘clients’ want to transfer multi-million savings from their accounts because of the Syrian unrest, and that they are looking for a partner to help them. The scammers also provide a contact phone number and the personal email of the “bank client” allegedly l
Stakeholders in the ICT sector are lobbying against the ratification of an African Union regulations on cyber security because of fears the proposed rules will stifle Internet growth. The African Union Convention on Cyber Security (AUCC) is scheduled to be adopted at a meeting in January if none of its members oppose it. But some Kenyan stakeholders have filed a petition to bar the convention from being ratified into law, saying the agreement in its current form would derail penetration of the Internet and curtail freedom. Strathmore Centre for Intellectual Property managing director Marcela Sinda called for wider consultations before the decision is ratified. “This is being conducted in total darkness. We have identified provisions harmful to our
The revelations of mass surveillance by the US and other intelligence services are expected to considerably influence the 8th Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia this week. There is a fear, said Robert Guerra from the Canadian Citizen Lab, that the surveillance topic will drive other issues and outcomes of the meetings, too. With “Surveillance and Snowden,” the Association for Progressive Communication and Giganet during their Joint Fora on Security, Surveillance and the Militarization of Cyberspace provide for a first showdown on day zero in Bali. The next meeting of the IGF – which arose from the 2003-2005 UN-led World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) – is being held from 22-25 October. Many more panels will address the surveillance issue as many are human righ
The computer software company Adobe has been hacked, potentially compromising the data of 2.9 million customers, the company revealed on Thursday. Adobe said "sophisticated attacks" had been carried out "very recently". "Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems," said Brad Arkin, chief security officer at Adobe. "We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders." Arkin said he did not believe the attackers had removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from its systems. "We deeply regret ...