Suspected Chinese hackers break into US government computers | Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO | South Sudanese government obtained surveillance capabilities from an Israeli company
Suspected Chinese hackers exploited a flaw in software made by SolarWinds Corp to help break into U.S. government computers last year, five people familiar with the matter told Reuters, marking a new twist in a sprawling cybersecurity breach that U.S. lawmakers have labeled a national security emergency. Reuters
Amazon announced on Tuesday that AWS CEO Andy Jassy will replace Jeff Bezos as CEO during the third quarter of this year. Bezos will transition to executive chair of Amazon's board. CNBC
The South Sudanese government obtained surveillance capabilities from an Israeli company between at least 2015 and 2017 in order to wiretap citizens’ phones. The reports of South Sudan’s National Security Service’s (NSS) intrusive surveillance meld into a pattern of dangerous human rights abuses in South Sudan, including prolonged detention, extrajudicial killings and the silencing of government critics, human rights activists and journalists, according to Amnesty. CyberScoop
Forging a path for Indigenous Australians in cybersecurity and defence
@HuonCurtis @DarkiesDesign Meg Thompson
More than a decade ago, researcher Aaron Corn coined the term ‘Indigital revolution’ to describe the rapid take-up of technology across Indigenous Australia. Despite continued access issues, Indigenous Australians are highly technologically literate and reportedly use some social media platforms at higher rates than non-Indigenous Australians. Despite that, there remains significant under-representation of Indigenous Australians in technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Dion Devow, ASPI’s Indigenous engagement specialist, sat down with Major General Marcus Thompson (Ret’d) and Meg Thompson, ASPI’s first Indigenous research intern, to focus on solutions that highlight the unique perspectives and abilities of First Australians, and that see diversity as a strategic asset.
Macquarie University report finds gaps in Government websites cyber security
Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s, Fergus Hanson, speaks with Professor Dali Kaafar from Macquarie University and Alastair MacGibbon from CyberCX about a report uncovering numerous examples of poorly implemented cyber security measures on government websites.
The QAnon threat to Australia’s vaccine rollout
The ever-evolving nature of the QAnon conspiracy theories and the amalgamation of the movement with antivaxx activists will no doubt result in the spreading of misinformation about vaccination, and the Australian government must be ready to counter that not with rhetoric but with facts and clarity.
Australia eyes new trade deal with Israel, focusing on cyber security, innovation
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia will turn its attention towards clinching a trade agreement with Israel in a deal that would boost innovation, cyber security and defence.
Suspected Chinese hackers used SolarWinds bug to spy on U.S. payroll agency - sources
@Bing_Chris @jc_stubbs @razhael @josephmenn
Suspected Chinese hackers exploited a flaw in software made by SolarWinds Corp to help break into U.S. government computers last year, five people familiar with the matter told Reuters, marking a new twist in a sprawling cybersecurity breach that U.S. lawmakers have labeled a national security emergency.
Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy to take over in Q3
Amazon announced on Tuesday that AWS CEO Andy Jassy will replace Jeff Bezos as CEO during the third quarter of this year. Bezos will transition to executive chair of Amazon's board.
Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon C.E.O.
The New York Times
Andy Jassy, the chief of Amazon’s cloud computing division, will become chief executive, while Mr. Bezos, the company’s founder, will become executive chairman.
Anti-Vaccination Conspiracies: The Dangers to Vaccination Sites
Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Over the weekend of 30 January, one of the US’s largest mass vaccination sites was temporarily shut down after protesters gathered at the entrance, blocking people from entering to receive the vaccine. It was one of a growing number of physical disruptions and security incidents linked to anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.
Biden's whole-of-National Security Council strategy
Virtually every team in the National Security Council, from technology to global health to international economics, will incorporate China into their work, Axios has learned.
Reinvigorating Internet Policy by Doubling Down on Human Rights
Council on Foreign Relations
A new approach to internet regulation and governance by the Biden administration should articulate a broad, coherent vision for an open internet anchored on core human rights and democratic values.
Amazon’s anti-union blitz stalks Alabama warehouse workers everywhere, even the bathroom
The Washington Post
Some workers in Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse complain that the company’s aggressive performance expectations leave them little time to take bathroom breaks. When they do get there, they face messaging from Amazon pressing its case against unionization, imploring them to vote against it when mail-in balloting begins Feb. 8.
South and Central Asia
India cuts internet around New Delhi as protesting farmers clash with police
Internet access remained blocked Monday in several districts of a state bordering India's capital following violent weekend clashes between police and farmers protesting controversial agricultural reforms.
Huawei official speaks out on why he resigned after The Post reported the tech giant had worked on a ‘Uighur alarm’
The Washington Post
A Huawei executive who resigned following revelations of the Chinese tech giant’s work on a “Uighur alarm” system that could track minorities is speaking out for the first time, saying the company failed to take seriously matters of public surveillance and human rights..The issue, Zwicky said, highlighted a deeper tension for Huawei as it seeks to secure business in the West while retaining its roots in China, where the ruling Communist Party has pushed companies to help implement massive surveillance programs that have faced broad criticism in the West.
South Sudan worked with Israeli surveillance company to monitor citizens, Amnesty finds
The South Sudanese government obtained surveillance capabilities from an Israeli company between at least 2015 and 2017 in order to wiretap citizens’ phones. The reports of South Sudan’s National Security Service’s (NSS) intrusive surveillance meld into a pattern of dangerous human rights abuses in South Sudan, including prolonged detention, extrajudicial killings and the silencing of government critics, human rights activists and journalists, according to Amnesty.
Read Amnesty International's report here.
Apple’s updated App Store guidelines clarify positions on recent controversies
Apple has outlined a number of new changes to its App Store Review Guidelines—including the requirement that developers request user opt-in to track users with IDFA (ID for advertisers) device identifiers.
A Pennsylvania Mother’s Path to Insurrection
The New Yorker
How claims by Rudy Giuliani and Alex Jones spurred a parent of eight to become one of the Capitol riot’s biggest mysteries, and a fugitive from the F.B.I.
Watching Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Immersive Technology, Biometric Psychography, and the Law
Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
Virtual reality and augmented reality present exceedingly complex privacy issues because of the enhanced user experience and reality-based models. Unlike the issues presented by traditional gaming and social media, immersive technology poses inherent risks, which our legal understanding of biometrics and online harassment is simply not prepared to address.
ICPC Senior Analyst or Analyst - China
ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has a unique opportunity for an exceptional and experienced China-focused senior analyst or analyst to join its centre.