CategoryCyberLaw

Court rules Hacking Team documents still confidential

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Under the current hype of the FBI ordering Apple to ‘install backdoors’ on their iPhones, a bit of interesting news seems to have slid under the radar. A court in Singapore ruled that e-mails from the Hacking Team breach, published by the hacker Phineas Fisher via a torrent download, and available freely on Wikileaks–were still confidential in nature. The news hits close¬†to...

Forcing journalist to reveal sources will be bad–for the government!

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Our spanking new, hand-picked Attorney-General is proposing life imprisonment for journalist who refuse to reveal their sources. And surprisingly, my favorite Member of Parliament,Dato Azalina Othman, has supported the move, saying it was ‘high-time’ Malaysian did something. Fortunately, some calmer more rationale heads, like Dato Paul Low have criticized the A-G for his short-sighted...

Being Terrified: The price of terrorism

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Next week, I’ll be on BFM for an interview about spyware, which will be my last Hail Mary play to get a conversation started about the use of surveillance software by the Government. If a radio interview on a popular station won’t do it, nothing on my blog will possibly be able to anyway ūüôā In any case, this post is a pre-emptive response to a slightly controversial idea that I cover...

Medium blocked: Collateral Censorship vs. Collateral Freedom

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So the buzz around twitter is that Medium.com has been blocked by the Malaysian Authorities, and guess what? It’s true. It was expected, after all Medium is where the ‘infamous’ Clare Rewcastle Brown uploads her articles to circumvent censorship of her own site, the equally diabolical SarawakReport.org. Medium is like twitter without the character limits, and it’s quite a...

The Government doesn’t buy spyware–yea right!

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The Government has denied buying spyware from hacking team, they really should have checked with me before issuing the statement. On the 23rd of November 2015,¬†Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said denied that the Malaysian government had procured spyware from hacking team. In a formal response (in Parliament!!), the Minister simply stated “For your information, no such device was purchased by the...

The PM’s year end cyber-security message

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From: [email protected] Sent: 23 Dec 2015 To: [email protected] Subject:¬†Cybersecurity Year end message. *This message is intended for all Malaysian Government servants only, do not forward without prior approval* Greetings and Salam 1Malaysia. I want to use this year-end as an opportunity to discuss the important topic of Cybersecurity. This year¬†was interesting for me personally, and for...

Hackers and terrorist

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There is no greater danger of tech illiteracy, than the way we treat hackers. A society that doesn’t understand technology will view those who can manipulate it as wizards and sorcerers. Technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic, and to most people that bar of being ‘sufficiently advanced’ isn’t set very high. The magic analogy is apt, even in...

The problem with bio-metrics

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Passwords have always been a problem. For a password to be adequately secure, you need a certain amount of randomness (or entropy in geek) associated with the password to ensure it can’t be easily guessed. The password monkey is less secure than the password k3ithI$one$3xydev1l,¬†but the latter is inherently harder to remember (although still very true). Remember you should use a different...

Ransomware

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By now, you either know someone that’s been a victim of nasty malware or have yourself been on the business end of nefarious software. The perpetual duel between¬†security companies and malicious elements in cyberspace has changed dramatically over time, and no change has been so dramatic as the rise of a new type of threat, a threat we call…ransomware!! …but what is Ransomware...

Hacking Government, Malaysian Style

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The simplest definition of a hacker, is someone who breaks systems. We tend to equate systems to computers, but that’s a limited definition of the term. A system can also refer to a legal system or a set of processes that have nothing to do with technology. For example, lawyers often hack around the law, looking for loopholes to exploit to give them an advantage in their case. A good lawyer...