Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data
Thu 15 Jan 2015, 22:40

A secret US cybersecurity report warned that government and private computers were being left vulnerable to online attacks from Russia, China and criminal gangs because encryption technologies were not being implemented fast enough. The advice, in a newly uncovered five-year forecast written in 2009, contrasts with the pledge made by David Cameron this week to crack down on encryption use by technology companies.

New Snowden show NSA preparations for cyber battle
Wed 21 Jan 2015, 12:56

According to top secret documents from the archive of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seen exclusively by SPIEGEL, they are planning for wars of the future in which the Internet will play a critical role, with the aim of being able to use the net to paralyze computer networks and, by doing so, potentially all the infrastructure they control, including power and water supplies, factories, airports or the flow of money.

New cybersecurity rules in China
Wed 28 Jan 2015, 22:03

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software.

In a letter sent Wednesday to a top-level Communist Party committee on cybersecurity, led by President Xi Jinping, foreign business groups objected to the new policies and complained that they amounted to protectionism.

Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say
Thu 29 Jan 2015, 01:20

U.S. lawmakers should put strict privacy controls into planned legislation to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other, some advocates said.

Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Wednesday they plan to work on a cyberthreat information-sharing bill in the coming months. But representatives from Microsoft and the Center for Democracy and Technology told lawmakers they can avoid the controversies of other recent bills by requiring companies and government agencies to strip out personally identifiable information before sending cyberthreat information to other organizations.

UK snoopers charter blocked
Fri 23 Jan 2015, 00:40

A former Conservative cabinet minister who chaired the parliamentary inquiry into the snooper’s charter has told four senior peers not to go ahead on Monday with their last-minute attempt to sneak it into law before the general election.

Lord Blencathra, a former Home Office minister, has written to the former Tory defence secretary Lord King, voicing strong concerns over his attempt to “insert the whole of the discredited draft communications data bill” into the counter-terror legislation being fast-tracked through the House of Lords.


Romanian President asks for review of Big Brother laws
Fri 6 Feb 2015, 15:40

Romania’s Operative Council for Cyber Security (COSC) will start this week a review of legislative provisions on access to traffic data and cyber security, also known as the ‘Big Brother’ laws. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has requested the review, according to a statement of the Presidential Administration. The aim is  to overcome the current deadlock by acknowledging the Constitutional Court’s decisions and by providing better public information on legislative measures and their effects.