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Cyberwar

In this video, Al Jazeera’s Josh Rushing interviews the Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert on a special episode of “Fault Lines” dedicated to exploring issues of cyberwar, cyberespionage and national security. The episode features the Citizen Lab’s GhostNet Report, problems of cyber attack attribution, and the militarization of cyberspace. The program also includes interviews from Michael Chertoff, Former Officer of Homeland Security and other cybersecurity experts.

Citizen Lab in new Index on Censorship publication

Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski contributed an article to Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression. The work describes the “‘next generation’ controls that are being exercised in cyberspace” such as just-in-time blocking and patriotic hacking.

Der Marsch der Geisterratten

Man nennt sie “trojanischen Pferde”. Tückische Angreifer, harmlos verpackt. Die Kriegslist mag so alt sein wie die alten Griechen, aber die Sache mit dem Holzpferd hat sich weiterentwickelt: Ein “trojanisches Pferd” greift am Bildschirm an. Und heute ist es nichts weiter als ein Stück Computercode, ein paar Zeilen in den Programmsprachen C++ oder Perl oder ASM, von Finsterlingen in einer harmlos erscheinenden Datei versteckt. In dem Bild mit den kleinen Hündchen etwa, das unvermutet im Eingangskorb der E-Mail auftaucht. In dem fröhlichen Anschreiben an den “Sehr verehrten Lottogewinner”. Wer es öffnet, lädt feindliche Heere auf seinen Rechner. Computer, durch die ein trojanisches Pferd geritten ist, können von Hackern in aller Welt ferngesteuert werden, können ausgeforscht, umprogrammiert und für finstere Verbrechen missbraucht werden.

In Google We Trust

Rafal Rohozinski speaks to Newsweek about the future of cyberspace and the recent cyber attacks on Google. He describes The Citizen Lab’s involvement in assisting the company based on their expertise with the GhostNet incident in March 2009. Questions are answered regarding the recent controversies with Google’s difficult business relationship with China, including the allegation that the attacks were “an inside job.”

Google, China, and the coming threat from cyberspace

The Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski contributed an opinion piece to The Christian Science Monitor regarding the current actors and trends in cyberwarfare. The researchers discuss the recent cyber attacks on Google, state-based cyberesipionage, and online criminal networks.

The fifth freedom

Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, is featured in an editorial piece from Canada’s The Globe and Mail regarding recent Open Net Initiative (http://opennet.net/) research which demonstrates that over 560 million people – or one third if Internet users – are censored around the world.

Can Google Beat China?

When Google made the surprising announcement on Tuesday that it would no longer censor search results in China, it was applauded by human rights advocates around the world. Since China isn’t likely to allow unfiltered results, which would bring up banned topics, Google would have to quit operating google.cn, its Chinese search engine.