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The New York Times on GhostNet

A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.

Radio Canada International Masala Canada

Prof Deibert recently did a radio interview with Radio Canada International’s “MASALA CANADA with Wojtek Gwiazda.” Wojtek sent us an MP3 of the interview, which can be accessed here. In the interview, Deibert discusses with Gwiazda the Citizen Lab, the OpenNet Initiative, and the ONI Asia project, supported by IDRC Canada. Radio Canada International’s Masala… Read more »

How To Bypass Internet Censorship (NEW!)

This manual ‘Bypassing Internet Censorship’ provides an introduction to the topic and explains some of the software and methods most often used for circumventing censorship. There is some information on avoiding surveillance and other means of detection while bypassing censorship, however this is a large topic by itself so we have only touched on it… Read more »

Breaching Trust

We are pleased to announce our release of a major investigate report, Breaching Trust: An analysis of surveillance and security practices on China’s TOM-Skype platform, written by Nart Villeneuve, Psiphon Fellow, the Citizen Lab, at the Munk Centre for International Studies, the University of Toronto. The full report can be downloaded here:here John Markoff of… Read more »

Announcement: Greg Walton joins Citizen Lab as Senior SecDev Fellow

I am pleased to announce that Greg Walton will be joining the Citizen Lab. Greg Walton is the senior security researcher for ONI Asia, and the first SecDev fellow at the Citizen Lab. He is a graduate of the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford (International Relations and Security Studies), and holds an MSc… Read more »

Profd on CBC’s the Spark

Prof Deibert was a guest on CBC’s Spark, with Nora Young as part of their special election coverage “digital wish” list. You can listen to and watch the interview here.

A New Breed Of Hackers Tracks Online Acts of War (Washington Post)

TORONTO — Here in the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, a new breed of hackers is conducting digital espionage. They are among a growing number of investigators who monitor how traffic is routed through countries, where Web sites are blocked and why it’s all happening. Now they are turning their scrutiny to a… Read more »

Longtime Battle Lines Are Recast In Russia and Georgia’s Cyberwar

“In terms of the scope and international dimension of this attack, it’s a landmark,” said Ronald J. Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab…. “International laws are very poorly developed, so it really crosses a line into murky territory . . . Is an information blockade an act of war?” From Washington Post