News broke yesterday that the New NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) chief has pushed back on the planned efforts to scale back Whois information, in order to comply with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Israeli national media is reporting on research from Ben-Gurion University which shows that “unpatched” medical devices whose owners and operators don’t download ongoing security updates may be vulnerable to attacks. In their paper “Know Your Enemy: Characteristics of Cyber-Attacks on Medical Imaging Devices,” the researchers show the relative ease of exploiting these “unpatched” medical devices. The devices include computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Hackers can also block access to medical imaging devices or disable them altogether as part of “ransom attacks.”
Cisco has confirmed a critical security vulnerability in its SSL VPN solution, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), which is arguably one of the most widely-deployed SSL VPNs on the market.
Britain went for Big Government during WWI, failed to repeal the emergency legislation in 1919, tightened it further in 1939, again failed to repeal emergency legislation in 1945 and Governments since have become addicted to trying to control citizens, interfering in even the smallest areas of life. The snoopers charter was an attempt to extend unaccountable interference into the digital age by again introducing draconian and flawed legislation, supported by all of the Establishment Parties in Westminster. A Government must respond to threats to the citizens, but when it becomes necessary the system must have adequate safeguards and accountability, repealing the legislation when the threat passes. Ed.
It has been reported this morning that Appeal court judges have ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance regime unlawful as a result of a legal challenge brought by the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson.
Geneva, 26 January 2018 — Tech has been named one of 2018’s top 10 hottest issues within the humanitarian and development sectors. Developing countries are now using tech to leap-frog their development as they strive to bring new social and economic opportunities to their populations.
Innovative examples of “Tech for Good” will be featured and explored at this year’s annual World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2018 (WSIS Forum, 19-23 March 2018). Key themes at this year’s event include e-agriculture, e-health, e-education, gender equality, the environment, infrastructure and innovation.
Media registration is now open for WISIS 2018. All media are highly recommended to register, in order to receive key news announcements and changes to the schedule that may be distributed.
WSIS 2018 will showcase innovative examples of “Tech for Good” that countries, civil society and businesses are using to realize national and global development goals. It offers an opportunity for media to meet one-on-one with experts and to hear about and see first-hand the latest innovations in “Tech for Good”, and includes:
- Sessions – more than 200 specialized workshops and live events.
- WSIS Prizes 2018 – a unique international contest recognizing outstanding initiatives that use tech to advance development
- Hack Against Hunger – a ‘hackathon’ focusing on Ending Hunger, sponsored by FAO
- Virtual Reality for development — bringing together high-level personalities and world-class VR experiences with a special focus on VR’s use and impact in advancing education
- TEDxGeneva at WSIS Forum 2018 (line up to be announced soon)
19-23 March 2018
ITU Headquarters & Geneva International Conference Centre, Switzerland
More than 2,500 participants, including 500 high-level policy-makers from 150+ countries, including government ministers and experts, civil society leaders, academics, business leaders and international organizations.
The event is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP and includes the participation of 28 additional UN bodies.
MORE INFORMATION AND FULL PROGRAMME: Available here
Earlier this morning, cybersecurity company eSentire disclosed to its customers a newly found threat actor it observed attempting to deploy a Monero cryptocurrency miner. The threat leveraged Kaseya Ltd’s Virtual Systems Administrator (VSA) agent to gain unauthorized access to multiple customer assets since January 19, 2018.
The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has warned Russia could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands” of deaths in an attack on Britain’s energy supply. He said Moscow had been looking at UK critical infrastructure such as power stations and links transferring electricity across borders.
Earlier today, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its latest report. The analysis of fraud and computer misuse shows that this type of crime is more prevalent than many traditional crimes, with data for the year ending September 2017 showing individuals to be 10 times more likely to be a victim of fraud and computer misuse than a victim of theft from the person and 35 times more likely than robbery.
HRH The Princess Royal visited Garforth-based Ginetta earlier today [Thursday 25th January 2018] to begin celebrations of the marque’s 60th anniversary year. The car manufacturer has been building British race cars since 1958, producing world class cars which now race on every continent.