Posts tagged “Canada”

Security expert forecasts the end of e-mail

“Rafal Rohozinski untangles online crime schemes for a living, advising everyone from the BBC to the U.S. Department of State. When news broke that “spear phishers”—hackers who fool employees into giving away critical information—had breached networks at the Treasury Board of Canada, his phone started ringing.

Rohozinski, the CEO of cyber consultancy SecDev Group and a senior fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, delivers a sobering message to Ivor Tossell: Cybercrime is hitting bottom lines—and our days of worry-free global communication are numbered.”

From The Globe and Mail

Ontario courts website back after hack attack

“The main website for Ontario’s courts is back online after being hacked by a group calling themselves “Turkish defacers.”

The ministry of the attorney general temporarily pulled the plug on Monday following the electronic infiltration.

Anyone trying to visit the site was redirected to site with the picture of a man pointing a gun at the screen above the word “HACKED.””

From The Globe and Mail

Coreflood and Communication Controls

“This week, the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI took action to disable the “Coreflood” botnet. In an unprecedented move, a federal judge granted permission to authorities to seize control of the botnet, which compromised private computers with malicious software that captured private online banking information from users. The Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit organization, was given permission to takeover the botnet’s command-and-control servers — used to communicate with infected private computers — and replace the servers with its own.”

From Information Warfare Monitor

Harper’s promise: a warrantless online surveillance state

““We are not in any way shape or form wanting extra powers for police to pursue [information online] without warrants.”

That was Stockwell Day, speaking to me in 2007. He was the Harper government’s public safety minister at the time, and his office came into controversy when consultation documents surfaced suggesting that the Conservatives were drafting a “lawful access” crime bill that would greatly expand the powers of police to obtain personal information about Canadians from their Internet service providers without court oversight.

If such a bill were to become law, cops would no longer need a warrant to trace, say, an Internet comment to a citizen’s name, IP address, email address, home address, and cell phone number.”

From Macleans

The Conservatives Commitment to Internet Surveillance

“While there are good and bad with each party, the Conservatives new commitment to lawful access – new laws that would establish massive Internet surveillance requirements and the potential disclosure of personal information without court oversight – is incredibly problematic for the Internet, privacy, and online freedoms. It requires real debate yet seems likely to slip under the public radar.

This week the Conservatives election platform included a commitment to bundle all the crime and justice bills into a single omnibus bill and to pass it within a new Parliament’s first 100 days. The Conservatives argue that the opposition “obstructed our reforms” and that this step is needed to get the bills passed. I don’t follow the general crime bills so I don’t know what happened with many of these bills. On lawful access (which involves three bills), however, this is plainly untrue.”

From Michael Geist Blog

Canadian software used to filter Internet in Middle East

“Authoritarian regimes around the world are using software developed in the United States and Canada to control the flow of information online and prevent citizens from freely accessing the Internet, according to a new report from the OpenNet Initiative.

Governments in at least nine Middle Eastern and North African states — including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Sudan and Tunisia — are using technologies developed in North America to impede and prevent access to various sources of online content.”

From Financial Post

W5: Investigating Canada’s big cyber security problem

Here’s something Canadian authorities don’t want you to know: whether its people, organizations, businesses or governments, we are all at risk of being victims of cyber attacks.

“We have major cyber security problems in this country,” says Ron Deibert, director of The Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto. “The problem is nobody wants you to know about it.”

From CTV News

Geist: Governments’ ominous thirst to control the web

“A simmering battle over governance of the Internet is set to take centre stage in California this week as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based non-profit corporation with the principal responsibility for maintaining the Internet’s domain-name system, holds one of its regular meetings in Silicon Valley.

Since its creation in 1998, ICANN has faced a wide range of critics — Internet users frustrated at the lack of accountability, business groups concerned that the policy-making process is too slow and uncertain, and governments wondering why matters related to the Internet are vested in a private organization and not an entity such as the United Nations.”

From Toronto Star

CRTC won’t include retail services in Internet price hearing

“The CRTC is refusing to expand the scope of its coming hearing on Internet pricing to include retail services, delivering a blow to those who have used the so-called “usage-based billing” controversy over wholesale Internet services to attack broader Internet pricing in Canada.

In a statement on Friday – coming after an unending political furor over a ruling on Internet pricing in late January reached all the way to the Prime Minister’s office – the federal telecom regulator ordered a hearing to be held in July, but refused to widen the scope much beyond its original decision.”

From The Globe and Mail

Canadian Government Computer Breach: Citizen Lab Commentary

Rafal Rohozinski, CEO of the Secdev Group and Senior Scholar at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, was interviewed by several news agencies regarding the reported computer security breach at the Finance Department and Treasury Board.

The following news sources feature Mr. Rohozinski’s commentary on the subject. While indicating that the nature of the breach does not warrant being designated as a cyber Pearl Harbour, Mr. Rohozinski expressed hope that it would serve as a wake-up call to Canada in its understanding of the dangers of cyberspace.

The New York Times quotes Mr. Rohozinski in a feature article HERE.

The Toronto Star quotes Mr. Rohozinski in a feature article HERE.

The Montreal Gazette quotes Mr. Rohozinski in a feature article HERE.

The National Post quotes Mr. Rohozinski in a feature article HERE.

The Winnipeg Free Press quotes Mr. Rohozinski in a feature article HERE.

The CBC quotes Mr. Rafal Rohozinski in a feature article HERE.