The document is a memo circulated among the Five Eyes, a network of English-speaking intelligence agencies. Though the document does not name the hackers whose data were stolen, it made it clear that they had ties to the Chinese government, and were spying on human rights defenders and Uyghur activists in the country.
April 23 – San Francisco
Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman contributed another report to the Internet Monitor, a research project that evaluates the extent of internet controls across the world, run by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Deutsche Welle reported that German state prosecutors have started preliminary investigations into whether the German-developed spy software FinFisher is being used by foreign intelligence agencies against targets inside Germany.
The hearing focused on the impact of digital surveillance and intrusion systems on human rights in third world countries. McKune spoke on relevant Citizen Lab research and the ways that policy decisions can reflect these findings.
Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire was featured on Wired Italy’s Top 50 People of the Year 2014. The list featured a mix of individuals such as hackers, CEOs, leading biological, politicians, and civil rights activists.
Slate’s discussion on the proliferation of Chinese messaging applications worldwide was informed by Citizen Lab research report “Asia Chats: Analyzing Information Controls & Privacy in Asian Messaging Applications.”
Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman was interviewed by MSN on the recent hack attack against a Quebec municipality west of Montreal called Terrasse-Vaudreuil.
An article by The Verge on the persecution of Bahraini activists Moosa Abd-Ali Ali, Jaffar Al Hasabi, and Saeed Al-Shehabi features the Citizen Lab’s extensive analysis into FinFisher, a line of remote intrusion and surveillance software developed by Munich-based Gamma International GmbH, conducted by Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire and Research Fellow Bill Marzcak.
Jon Penney, a law professor at Dalhousie University and Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab, was interviewed by VICE Motherboard regarding the dynamic between Canada’s security agencies and the courts. He explained the government’s tendency to fight back against the court’s insistence that CSIS and the Communications Security Estabilishment Canada (CSEC) must keep them up to date on their operations.