Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election | Twitter updates hacked materials policy following blowup over New York Post story | China Lawmakers Pass Export Control
A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg has said. The Guardian.
Twitter said it would modify its policy on hacked materials amid a controversy about a disputed news article about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, clarifying it would only remove that kind of content if “directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them.” CyberScoop.
China passed a new law to restrict sensitive exports to protect national security, helping Beijing gain reciprocity against U.S. as tech tensions mount.The country’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, adopted the measure on Saturday that applies to all companies in China, including foreign-invested ones. The law will be effective Dec. 1. Bloomberg.
Amazon, Nike, and IKEA questioned by MPs over alleged forced labour links
A number of high-profile companies, including Amazon, Adidas, The Walt Disney Company, Nike, and Ikea have received letters from MPs over alleged forced labour links. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee wrote to businesses across the fashion, retail and information technology sectors, as it explores the extent to which UK firms are exploiting the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.. The letters include questions around supply-chain transparency, requesting compliance evidence and written feedback on how each company maintains visibility and combats modern slavery within their supply chains.
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China’s Economic Squeeze on Australia Extends to Cotton
A recent study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a security think tank, found that of 27 countries subjected in recent years to what it calls Chinese coercive diplomacy—including state-issued threats as well as trade and tourism restrictions—Australia suffered the highest number of recorded cases, followed by Canada and the U.S.
Twitter updates hacked materials policy following blowup over New York Post story
Twitter said it would modify its policy on hacked materials amid a controversy about a disputed news article about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, clarifying it would only remove that kind of content if “directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them.” Additionally, Twitter pledged not to block related links from being shared and instead label tweets, said Vijaya Gadde, the company’s global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety. Twitter’s late Thursday move came after outrage from conservatives over its handling of a dicey New York Post story about Biden’s son, Hunter.
Match Group changes Tinder's safety policies following Four Corners and Hack investigation
Match Group, the parent company of dating app Tinder, has quietly announced it will change a number of its safety policies following the release of a Four Corners and triple j Hack investigation last week.
China Lawmakers Pass Export Control Law Protecting Tech
China passed a new law to restrict sensitive exports to protect national security, helping Beijing gain reciprocity against U.S. as tech tensions mount. The country’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, adopted the measure on Saturday that applies to all companies in China, including foreign-invested ones. The law will be effective Dec. 1.
China Warns U.S. It May Detain Americans in Response to Prosecutions of Chinese Scholars
Chinese government officials are warning their American counterparts they may detain U.S. nationals in China in response to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, according to people familiar with the matter.
Bolton Warned His Staff To Stay Away From Russia-Aligned Rudy Giuliani
The Daily Beast
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton repeatedly told his staff to actively remove themselves from conversations and meetings with Rudy Giuliani after Bolton received warnings from intelligence officials that the president’s personal lawyer was propagating conspiracy theories that aligned with a Russian operation to undermine the 2020 presidential election.
The Facebook-Twitter-Trump Wars Are Actually About Something Else
Much of the outrage around the Trump era and social media platforms — like, most recently, the decision by Facebook and Twitter to reduce the reach of a highly questionable New York Post story about Hunter Biden — is actually about government power and accountability. More specifically, people are angry about the absence of those things.
QAnon accounts make a dent in voting discussion on Twitter
More than 1 in 50 tweets about voting in the 2020 elections in August and September were posted by QAnon accounts, according to research released Friday by Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit.
Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election
A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg has said.
Political campaign emails contain dark patterns to manipulate donors, voters
In a study published earlier this month, academics from Princeton University said they analyzed more than 100,000 emails sent by candidates in federal and state races as well as Political Action Committees (PACs), Super PACs, political parties, and other political organizations.
Donor data from narendramodi.in stolen and is on sale on dark web, alleges cyber security firm
A cyber security firm alleges that user and donor data of over five lakh people has been stolen from narendramodi.in, personal website of Prime Minister Modi, and the details are on sale on the dark web.
ASEAN-India Summit Focuses On Cyber Security During Covid Pandemic
The 2nd ASEAN-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Cyber Issues held virtually focused upon cooperation and security in the digital and cyber domain in the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic.
US, European authorities carry out sweeping crackdown on prolific QQAAZZ cybercriminal group
U.S. and European law enforcement have embarked on a coordinated crackdown on an Eastern European cybercriminal group accused of trying to launder tens of millions of dollars stolen from victims.
Boxed Out of the West, Huawei Looks to Russia to Survive the Crisis and Emerge Stronger
Council on Foreign Relations
This is the first part of a two-part series on Huawei’s expansion in Russia as a reaction to geopolitical technology tensions. The first part discusses how Russia fits into Huawei’s immediate efforts to adapt to its inability to access U.S. technologies, and the second part explores Russia's role in Huawei’s long-term strategy.
Iran-linked Silent Librarian APT targets universities again
Iran-linked cyberespionage group Silent Librarian has launched a new phishing campaign aimed at universities around the world.
Worried Alexa is spying on you? Edward Snowden’s head can help
Artist May Safwat’s project uses the likeness of whistleblower Edward Snowden to stop home assistants from snooping
ARC Research Grants Services: National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants Program
Australian Research Council
On 13 October 2020 the Office of National Intelligence and the Department of Defence announced the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program. The NISDRG program supports excellent research that deepens understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence and national security interests. The grant program will facilitate innovation and develop national security and intelligence capacity. It will also enable Australia’s National Intelligence and Security Communities to systematically engage with Australia’s research and technology community.
TikTok Launches Bug Bounty Program Amid Security SNAFUs
TikTok has expanded its vulnerability disclosure policy to include a global bug-bounty program through a partnership with the ethical hacker platform HackerOne. The bug-bounty program launch signals a new direction for the Chinese-owned video-sharing app, which has been much maligned for its questionable security practices.
ASPI Webinar: Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy In-Focus
Speakers: Abigail Bradshaw, Marc Ablong and Fergus Hanson
The Covid-19 pandemic has emphasised the importance of the online world; it is now critically important in managing this pandemic. Yet at the same time, the risks and threats are increasing—in June the Prime Minister warned us that Australia was being targeted by a sophisticated state actor. In this webinar, hear from Abigail Bradshaw CSC, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and Marc Ablong PSM, head of National Resilience and Cyber Security group at Home Affairs, in a discussion moderated by Fergus Hanson, Director of ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre, about Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 and how it will be operationalised.
Date & Time: 22 October 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (AEST).
2020 Cybersecurity Conference
In order to examine how the Cybersecurity Law and the Data Security Draft Law will coexist, and what the long-term impact will be on European companies operating in China, the European Chamber as assembled a distinguished group of government representatives, lawyers, security experts and industry representatives to discuss this topic at its annual Cybersecurity Conference.
Networking: Women speak cyber (brought to you by Palo Alto Networks)
Join this networking event to meet the power women diversifying the Australian cyber security sector. Drop-in for short 1:1 networking sessions, facilitated through the ‘Hopin’ platform, with a range of ‘cyber power women’. Date & Time: 30 October 12:00 pm (AEST)
Senior Researcher / Project Lead
ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has an outstanding opportunity for a senior researcher to lead a one-year project looking at leadership networks across Asia. Interviews will start immediately.
Are you a recent graduate wanting to develop your expertise in defence, national and cyber security and strategic policy? Do you want to inform the public and government on critical strategic choices facing Australia and learn what it takes to be a professional strategic analyst? If so, you might be interested in applying for the ASPI Research Internship Program.