SC Congress Canada Presents a Security Power House with the Addition of Howard Cox, Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski to Agenda

“The second annual SC Congress Canada, the premier Canadian event for information security leaders taking place in Toronto on June 14 through 15, 2011, announces the addition of three of the most distinguished security leaders in Canada and North America, including Howard Cox, Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski. New to the conference, SC Congress Canada also presents an interactive and live network meltdown – an attack caused by consumer mobile devices in the enterprise and social networking.”

From PRWeb

Malaysia: Government’s Free E-mail Plan Met with Opposition

“Rather than censor the Internet outright, the Malaysian government has adopted a policy of close monitoring and occasional intimidation to keep bloggers and independent media websites in check. Over the past few years, Malaysian authorities have arrested or detained multiple bloggers and journalists for writing critically about political and religious leaders. Yesterday Prime Minister Najib Razak reaffirmed the country’s commitment against filtering while media sites Harakahdaily and Malaysiakini struggled to recover from heavy DDoS attacks surrounding the recent Sarawak state elections — attacks some have attributed to the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.”

From OpenNet Initiative

How Iran Became The World’s Worst Internet Oppressor

“The Internet has fueled, and by some accounts may have even sparked, the wave of revolutions sweeping across the Middle East. So perhaps it’s little wonder that Iran, which has always kept a tight grip on its citizens’ access to the digital world, has stepped up its oppression to become the world’s number one enemy of Internet freedom.

In a report released last week from Freedom House, the civil liberties-focused non-profit analyzed the level of access to an unfettered Internet in 37 countries. Estonia was found to be the most liberal and connected, followed by the United States. Iran hit the bottom of the list, down significantly from the last time the report was compiled in 2009 and the country ranked above China, Tunisia, and Cuba.”

From Forbes

Even after sentence reduction, cyber-dissident still has to serve five years in prison

“Pro-democracy activist Vi Duc Hoi’s eight-year jail sentence has been reduced to five years on appeal but is still extremely harsh, Reporters Without Borders said today, reiterating its call for the release of Hoi and all the other 17 netizens currently detained in Vietnam.

In a decision issued yesterday, the appeal court also reduced the length of the house arrest that Hoi will have to serve after release from prison from five years to three. The original sentence of eight years in prison and five years house arrest on a charge of anti-government propaganda was imposed last January.

From Reporters Without Borders

Uganda: ISPs Harassed, Told to Shut Down Facebook, Twitter for 24 Hours

“The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) is under pressure from security apparatus to block social media platforms as activists and politicians intensify “Walk to Work” campaign actions protesting the high cost of fuel and other commodities.

In late 2010, the UCC was merged with the Broadcasting Council into one regulatory body that oversees both communication and broadcasting matters in the country. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.”

From AllAfrica

Beijing Censors Take Aim at Music

“BEIJING—China’s Ministry of Culture will “hand down punishments” to 14 websites, including one run by Internet search provider Baidu Inc., for providing downloads of songs not approved or registered with the country’s content regulators, in what appeared to be part of a renewed effort to block explicit and politically sensitive online content.

The websites have provided download services for the music despite warnings not to do so, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Monday, citing a ministry official. Xinhua didn’t specify the punishments.”

From The Wall Street Journal

Iran Discovers New Cyberattack

“TEHRAN — Iran has discovered a new hostile computer virus designed to damage government systems, an Iranian official who heads a cyberdefense agency said in comments reported Monday.

In comments published by Iran’s semiofficial Mehr News Agency, the official, Gholam-Reza Jalali, said the Stars virus had infiltrated government systems but was being decoded. ‘Fortunately, our scientists have successfully identified the Stars virus, which has now been sent to laboratories,’ said Mr. Jalali, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander.”

From New York Times

BlackBerry firm seeks security “balance” in Russia

“(Reuters) – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said Russia could help development of new technologies by finding a balance between state security and innovation.

Co-chief executive Jim Balsillie said on Monday the Canadian company had “ambitious plans” in Russia and offered President Dmitry Medvedev — an avid user of Apple’s iPad — a new Blackberry tablet at a meeting on developing new technology.”

From Reuters

Google location tracking can invade privacy, hackers say

“If you’ve got a Wi-Fi network, chances are Google has used its top-selling Android mobile operating system to store your router’s precise location and broadcast it for all the world to see.

Google has been compiling the publicly accessible database of router locations in its quest to build a service, a la Skyhook, that pinpoints the exact location of internet users who use its sites. Now, hobbyist hacker Samy Kamkar has developed a site that demonstrates just how comprehensive Google’s catalog is.”

From The Register

Database of China Foreign Affairs Experts Left Wide Open

“A U.S. security expert has uncovered data on more than 10,000 job applicants for positions with China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, including user names and passwords that could be used to gain access to other sensitive government systems.

The discovery by Dillon Beresford, a security researcher with NSS Labs, is part of ongoing research that has discovered thousands of loosely protected or unprotected computer servers operated by the Chinese government. Beresford also claims to have discovered 12,000 vulnerable devices running the VxWorks embedded operating system. Those devices include Voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems, telecommunications switches, routers and SCADA systems.”

From Threatpost