Posts tagged “France”

Morgan Marquis-Boire on Babar and Casper malware

Citizen Lab Senior Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire contributed to research related to Babar, a piece of malware believed to have been produced by the French government. The software is capable of eavesdropping on online conversations, such as those held on Skype, MSN, and Yahoo Messenger.

French MBA program teaches economic Infowar against competitors

Source: Canadian Business

Most business schools offer a variety of specialities, from marketing and accounting to corporate finance. But there is a school in Europe with an MBA program in what faculty members call “defence against the dark arts.” The institution in question is well-known to its stated enemies—greedy corporate executives who attempt to dominate the business world via evil means—but is nearly invisible to the general public.

Libya’s surveillance system profiled

Source: OWNI

The French company Amesys, who sold surveillance technologies to Gaddafi’s Libya, is trying to minimize the efficacy of its products. However, OWNI consulted documents showing the extent of these systems.

Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet

Source: Nate Anderson, Ars Technica

Get ready for international Internet regulation; top leaders from the US, UK, and France are making increasingly public statements about their plans to draft new rules that will make the ‘Net more secure and will crack down on copyright infringers.

Such discussions have been ongoing for years, but in dilatory and fragmented fashion. Hague now wants to formalize and accelerate the discussions—”we need to get the ball rolling faster!”

The goal is nothing less than “to discuss norms of acceptable behaviour in cyber-space” and “bringing countries together to explore mechanisms for giving such standards real political and diplomatic weight.”

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U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right

A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.

The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest (.pdf).
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France fines Google over Street View privacy breaches

Google received its first ever fine for improperly gathering and storing data for its Street View application on Monday when it was penalized by France’s privacy watchdog.

The $141,300 (U.S.) penalty – the largest ever by French body CNIL – sanctions Google for collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks – including e-mails, web browsing histories and online banking details – from 2007 to 2010 through its roaming camera-mounted cars and bicycles.

The fine is the first against Google over the data-gathering, which more than 30 countries have complained about. At least two other European countries are considering fines, while some others have ruled against penalizing Google.

From The Globe and Mail

Hackers infiltrate French government computers

“Hackers have infiltrated French government computers in search of information about France’s leadership of the Group of 20 leading economies, the country’s budget minister said Monday.

The head of France’s network security agency said it was the biggest-ever hacker attack against the government.

Network security agency chief Patrick Pailloux said “sensitive” information had been obtained in the attack, which he said was carried out by “a number of professional, determined and persistent hackers.”

From The Globe and Mail