Chinese hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad | Huawei unlikely to be in India's “trusted” vendors list for 5G | Phone hacking exposed Hong Kong activists
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had blocked a group of hackers in China who used the platform to target Uighurs living abroad with links to malware that would infect their devices and enable surveillance. Reuters
Within months of giving a green signal, India is now changing its decision concerning Huawei and its ambitions to become a 5G equipment supplier in India. The country’s highest cyber security offices are in-charge of the task to weed out “untrusted sources” that could be detrimental to national security. Is this the beginning of the end of Huawei in India? The Economic Times
The details of pro-democracy Hong Kongers were provided to someone impersonating Simon Birmingham, after the Finance Minister’s phone was compromised and used to set up a Telegram account. The Australian
Metadata does not prove Victorian premier pic was taken in 2017
Australian Associated Press
Nathan Ruser, a researcher with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told AAP FactCheck the metadata field in the video bears no relation to the photo itself. “These profiles are generally developed years before the image gets taken, and all it can tell you with certainty is that the photo was taken after that Profile Date Time field. In this case, it also tells us that the photo was processed on an Apple device,” he said in an email. “Any photo taken with that same device would have the same data profile for the ICC profile, irregardless of what date the image was actually taken.”
Phone hacking exposed Hong Kong activists
The details of pro-democracy Hong Kongers were provided to someone impersonating Simon Birmingham, after the Finance Minister’s phone was compromised and used to set up a Telegram account.
AEC confident in its security posture with external audits not welcome
The Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers has dismissed the proposal to allow a non-government researcher to conduct a security audit on its systems.
Cyber security threats are increasing
Australian Financial Review
Back in December last year, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton introduced the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 and told parliament it was “a significant step in the protection of the critical infrastructure and essential services which all Australians rely upon”. In his speech, Dutton said while “Australia has not suffered a catastrophic attack on our critical infrastructure, we are not immune”.
Watch ASPI ICPC's Webinar: Are you ready for the new critical infrastructure law? here.
ACSC running scans to find vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers in Australia
Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Abigail Bradshaw has told senators "10s of organisations" have so far reached out to her agency regarding vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers.
Chinese hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad, company says
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had blocked a group of hackers in China who used the platform to target Uighurs living abroad with links to malware that would infect their devices and enable surveillance.
Taking Action Against Hackers in China
Chinese cyber espionage operation targeted Canadian Uyghurs, says Facebook Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
China’s tech giants face a reckoning with the regulators
Now antitrust regulation looks to be the next big trend in policymaking, as the Chinese Communist party (CCP) begins to turn its focus from growth figures to more balanced development. Over the past six months, China’s antitrust regulator, the State Administration for Market Regulation, has gone from ignoring the booming tech industry to criticising companies including Meituan and Tencent.
Old H&M comment on 'forced labour' in China's Xinjiang raises online storm
At least one Chinese online retailer appeared to drop H&M’s products amid social media attacks on the Swedish company for saying it was “deeply concerned” about reports of forced labour in the farwestern region of Xinjiang.
Read ASPI ICPC's Report 'the Chinese Communist Party's Coercive Diplomacy' here.
Hundreds Of Far-Right Militias Are Still Organizing, Recruiting, And Promoting Violence On Facebook
A new report identified more than 200 militia pages and groups on Facebook as of March 18, more than two months after the insurrection at the Capitol.
Officer Brian Sicknick Died After the Capitol Riot. New Videos Show How He Was Attacked
The New York Times
New videos obtained by The New York Times show publicly for the first time how the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died after facing off with rioters on Jan. 6 was attacked with chemical spray.
Intel challenges Taiwan's TSMC in chip foundry business
U.S. chip titan Intel is challenging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in the contract chipmaking segment with plans to ramp up production capacity and win over Apple and other key global clients from its Asian rival.
Big Tech, Big Cash: Washington’s New Power Players
An updated analysis of the rise in lobbying and campaign contributions from the Big Tech companies: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.
Coinbase Users Say Crypto Start-Up Ignored Their Pleas for Help
The New York Times
As Coinbase prepares to be the first major cryptocurrency company to go public, it is struggling with basic customer service, users said.
This is what happens when ICE asks Google for your user information
Los Angeles Times
You’re scrolling through your Gmail inbox and see an email with a strange subject line: A string of numbers followed by “Notification from Google.” It may seem like a phishing scam or an update to Gmail’s terms of service. But it could be the only chance you’ll have to stop Google from sharing your personal information with authorities.
Read the Pentagon’s 20-Page Report on Its Own Meme
According to internal Pentagon communications, it took U.S. Cyber Command 22 days to finalize and post the meme.
Prince Harry joins the Aspen Institute's fight against misinformation
Voicing concern about an ""avalanche of misinformation"" in the digital world, Prince Harry is joining the Aspen Institute's new Commission on Information Disorder as a commissioner. Harry, 14 other commissioners and three co-chairs will conduct a six-month study on the state of American misinformation and disinformation.
TSMC: how a Taiwanese chipmaker became a linchpin of the global economy
Normally a low key company, TSMC’s massive investment in cutting-edge technology and growing influence are quietly drawing it into the limelight. At a time when a global chip shortage has forced slowdowns or even suspensions of car production from Japan to Europe and America, and with politicians in many countries making noises about bringing more manufacturing onshore, the Taiwanese company’s dominant position in global chip production is attracting attention.
New Zealand & The Pacific
India’s policy U-turn: Huawei unlikely to be in “trusted” vendors list for 5G over security concerns
The Economic Times
Within months of giving a green signal, India is now changing its decision concerning Huawei and its ambitions to become a 5G equipment supplier in India. The country’s highest cyber security offices are in-charge of the task to weed out “untrusted sources” that could be detrimental to national security. Is this the beginning of the end of Huawei in India?
How China is Winning the Subsea Internet Cable Competition in Africa
But how does Chinese digital technology diffuse throughout Africa? One of the prominent ways is through subsea data cables. Subsea cables carry over 95 percent of all international data – far more than the amount transmitted by satellite technology. China currently dominates in projects aimed at connecting the African continent to the internet. Two flagship subsea cable projects highlight China’s steady match to wrap the African continent with its data cables, much in the same manner as the spread of British telegraph cables in the 19th century.
What Are You Paying for When You Buy a GIF for $25,000?
The New York Times
NFTs are the future of the attention economy. Or a scam. Or both.
WhatsApp for Work: Slack is turning into a full-on messaging app
Forget email. The final frontier for Slack, as it tries to reimagine the way millions of people communicate at work, is the text message. Email is a useful tool, but a blunt one. It mixes business communication with receipts and confirmation numbers; makes it easy to talk to anyone, but also maybe makes it too easy to talk to anyone. But text messages? Not every professional relationship graduates to text-message levels of intimacy, but the ones that do are the ones that matter most. And you might have an assistant read and filter your email, but pretty much everybody checks their own texts. It's the highest, most elusive rung of the business communication ladder, and it's exactly what Slack wants to replace.
Slack Says Letting Anyone Message Anyone With Few Limits Was 'a Mistake'
On Wednesday, Slack launched a new feature that allows users to message anyone else via direct messages, even if the receiver is outside of the sender's organization. In other words, the feature allows anyone to connect with you privately on Slack.