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ONI Blog: Superbug 'Mahdi' Plagues Middle East Computers Using Social Engineering
Computer security firms Seculert and Kaspersky Lab recently joined forces to uncover the latest cyberwarfare superbug, Mahdi, according to InformationWeek. Named after the prophesied redeemer of Islam, this Trojan Horse “[roots] through computers to steal documents and record...
ONI Blog: Leaked CETA Draft Provokes ACTA Comparisons, Transparency Worries
Activists who have been rallying against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) saw the European Parliament rejection of the treaty earlier this month as a triumph over a piece of legislation they argued could have been used to censor content and silence...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 13, 2012
The Russian Duma, the lower house of Parliament, unanimously passed a controversial Internet bill after four amendments were inserted. While these amendments were inserted to substantially narrow the criteria under which the government could shut down a site deemed...
ONI Blog: Anonymous Threatens to Attack Toronto's Internet in Support of Occupy Demonstrators
Hacker group Anonymous recently threatened to "remove" Toronto from the Internet when police officials there attempted to interrupt protests taking place in the city. Part of the global Occupy movement, the Occupy Toronto demonstrations have lasted for about a month. However,...
ONI Blog: Canada lauds UAE ISP that pervasively censors political, religious, and gay and lesbian information, using Canadian software
The OpenNet Initiative has been documenting Internet censorship worldwide since 2002, including the growing use of commercial filtering products by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in non-democratic regimes. The ONI recently published a report, authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian York,...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 17th, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
Report: West Censoring East: The Use of Western Technologies by Middle East Censors, 2010-2011
March 2011 Authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian C. York. To view this bulletin as a PDF, click here. Executive Summary The OpenNet Initiative has documented network filtering of the Internet by national governments in over forty countries worldwide. Countries use this network filtering...
ONI Blog: WikiLeaks: Reactions from the ONI Team
With WikiLeaks dominating the media over the past two weeks, a number of the OpenNet Initiative's principals and staffers have commented publicly on the implications of the leaks on the Internet. ONI co-principal investigator and director of the Citizen Lab Ron Deibert took...
ONI Blog: Facebook: What is Private?
Users of Facebook beware: In a precedent-setting decision by a Toronto judge, a man injured in a car accident has been ordered to turn over information from his Facebook page which is off-limits to the public. The lawyers of the lawsuit's defendant, Janice...
ONI Blog: YouTube, Scientology and the DMCA
You've all seen the anti-Scientology protests; a group known as Anonymous, wearing Guy Fawkes, protest outside various churches of Scientology, or most recently here in Cambridge, outside of an exhibit aimed at teaching people about the religion. Many such protests...