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Thailand’s largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. The database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, on the internet without a password. With access to this database, Paine said that anyone could “quickly paint a picture” about what an internet user (or their household) does in real-time. Tech Crunch
The American embassy has held private meetings with Canberra to clarify a US State Department document that was used by a Sydney newspaper to link the COVID-19 pandemic to a Chinese government laboratory despite a lack of direct evidence. ABC News
Tory MPs have urged Boris Johnson to accelerate new legislation designed to make it harder for state-owned companies from overseas countries such as China to take over struggling UK firms. Financial Times
Anonymous no more? Make it a crime to re-identify personal data
The concerns raised by the COVIDSafe app suggest that Australians care a lot about privacy, at least when information to be held by the government is involved. Let’s turn that passion into action, starting with bolstering the privacy protections on large datasets.
Will China’s calls for more ‘Wolf Warriors’ leave country’s diplomats feeling sheepish?
South China Morning Post
Beijing will continue its pugnacious tone if the approach helps to achieve its diplomatic objectives. But it’s more likely that these displays of aggressive nationalism will only serve to drive the world further away from China.
Bill Gates Conspiracy Theories Have Circulated For Years. It Took The Coronavirus Pandemic To Turn Him Into A Fake Villain.
After months of conspiracy-mongering, people around the world are demanding Gates be arrested for crimes against humanity. Here’s how things got so bad.
US State Department (not spies) penned 'non-paper' timeline of China's alleged COVID cover-up
The American embassy has held private meetings with Canberra to clarify a US State Department document that was used by a Sydney newspaper to link the COVID-19 pandemic to a Chinese government laboratory despite a lack of direct evidence.
Victoria University accused of censorship after removing Serbian war crimes material
Victoria University has bowed to pressure from a pro-Serbian blogger and removed material referring to crimes against Bosnian Muslims from a course on human rights. YouTuber Charles Cather, an American blogger based in Novi Sad, Serbia, led the campaign to remove a section of a lecturer's presentation that described the murder of Bosnian Muslims by a Serbian guard.
Australian researchers record world’s fastest internet speed from a single optical chip
Researchers from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities have successfully tested and recorded Australia’s fastest internet data speed, and that of the world, from a single optical chip – capable of downloading 1000 high definition movies in a split second.
Unis warned to stop hoarding academics' IP for revenue
Australian Financial Review
Australian universities must stop treating academics as ATM machines if Australia is to have any chance of maintaining its lead in quantum computing, one of Australia's leading quantum physicists has warned.
CSIRO says quantum industry to be worth $4 billion
Australian Defence Magazine
Australia’s emerging quantum technology sector could support 16,000 jobs and create over $4 billion annual revenue by 2040, according to a report by CSIRO.
BCG consultants’ massive visa fail win
More than $90 million was spent by government on its failed plan to privatise the visa processing system, but the Boston Consulting Group still came up trumps, landing nearly half of the cash through the process. Earlier this year the federal government quietly announced it had shelved plans to bring in a private sector company to develop a new visa processing system.
City’s Plan for Permanent ‘Health Codes’ Sparks Online Backlash
Netizens are concerned that a proposal to evaluate Hangzhou residents based on their medical records and lifestyle choices could jeopardize personal privacy and pave the way for discrimination.
芹菜 @tracycat刷个微博看到杭州健康码这事。 非常魔幻啊，是谁说的权力趁着危机从笼子里跑出来就很难抓回去的来着？ 啊当代中国真的是个超级好的作品素材库可惜在国内全部不能写。 https://t.co/6vkRa1d6ID
Personal Data Collected During COVID-19 Belongs to the People, Baidu CEO Says
Robin Li, the CEO and founder of Baidu, specifically requested that people in China be given the chance to opt out of having their personal information stored in a central database.
Huawei’s Nightmare Week Is About To Get Much Worse
Huawei is now reeling. The brutal reality of the latest U.S. crackdown is making daily headlines as the tech giant scrabbles to find a way to replace the key silicon in most of its flagship products. And it’s about to get worse, as the implications of those restrictions start to pay a heavy toll in the market. That impact looks like it will hit rapidly, along with an unexpected security issue that could be worse.
A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks
Thailand’s largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. Security researcher Justin Paine said in a blog post that he found the database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, on the internet without a password. With access to this database, Paine said that anyone could “quickly paint a picture” about what an internet user (or their household) does in real-time.
Data of 29 million Indian job seekers leaked to the dark web
Data of more than 29 million job seekers from India has been leaked on the dark web and the source of this data is not yet clear. US-based Cyber intelligence firm Cyble believes that it could be from one of the several resume aggregators in the country.
UK draws up plans to restrict Chinese inward investment
“There is a growing consensus over China, to want trade but to have no illusions,” said Bob Seely, a Tory MP. “We can want trade but we want fair trade, not intellectual property theft and espionage.”
UK reviews Huawei decision in the wake of coronavirus pandemic
Sydney Morning Herald
Britain has launched a new review into using Huawei in the country's 5G networks, ahead of a Tory revolt over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's green light for the China-based vendor. A spokesperson for the British government said: "The security and resilience of our networks is of paramount importance.
Wolfie Christl @WolfieChristlThe tech industry has greatly benefited from non-enforcement, and still does. Violating people's rights and freedoms is not even a 'cost of doing business'. Here's what I told TechCrunch in January about the state+implications of GDPR non-enforcement: https://t.co/BYLYxzWH2Z https://t.co/VpQnIdMli6
Top Ten: Things Learned from Two Years of GDPR
It has been two years since the deadline for compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) landed. Now with two years of compliance culture behind us, what have we learned so far?
Two years into new EU privacy regime, questions hang over enforcement
As Europe's flagship privacy law celebrates its second birthday, a question still dogs regulators: Where is the big-ticket enforcement?
Gender and Women in Cyber
The female hackers keeping your work from home systems safe
The Times of India
Vandana is a security architect, who, like women in most industries, are challenging stereotypes. “When I started out, cybersecurity was not seen as a career option, especially for women. When I told my mother I work as an information security professional, for a moment, she thought I was a security guard.”
Discord client turned into a password stealer by updated malware
A threat actor updated the AnarchyGrabber trojan into a new version that steals passwords and user tokens, disables 2FA, and spreads malware to a victim's friends. Threat actors then distribute the trojan on Discord, where they pretend it's a game cheat, hacking tool, or copyrighted software.
Thousands of enterprise systems infected by new Blue Mockingbird malware gang
Thousands of enterprise systems are believed to have been infected with a cryptocurrency-mining malware operated by a group tracked under the codename of Blue Mockingbird.
Coronavirus Monitoring Bracelets Flood the Market, Ready to Snitch on people who don’t Distance
Surveilance firms around the world are licking their lips at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cash in on the coronavirus by repositioning one of their most invasive products: the tracking bracelet.
The quest for cyber sovereignty is dark and full of terrors
Observer Research Foundation
While “cyber sovereignty” and “digital colonialism” are useful for condensing complex phenomena into catchy phrases, the way they are used often takes away much-needed nuance in the discussion around norms and regulations for cyberspace and the broader digital realm.
A feel-good ad from Facebook boasts a coronavirus group. But it's not quite what it seems.
A commercial for Facebook that ran on national TV promoting its group feature in the time of the coronavirus pulls at the heartstrings. But the Facebook ad seems to be misleading. None of the posts in the television ad appear in the actual Facebook group.
A Fact-Based Fantasy With Drones, Robots, and Rioting on the Washington Mall
The Daily Beast
Blending fiction with deep research on artificial intelligence, this excerpt from "Burn-In," a futuristic techno-thriller set in Washington, D.C., is both creepy and exciting.