Cybersecurity Firm IID Predicts Massive Botnet Takeover of IoT Devices and new gTLDs

  IID, the source for clear cyberthreat intelligence, today announced its predictions for 2017 and beyond. the firm predicts that by the end of 2017, botnet operators seeking new frontiers will execute a full-scale invasion of compromised Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as wearables and connected home products. A botnet is a collective of …

EFF: South Africa’s Draft Online Internet law is Africa’s Worst Cyber Censorship legislation

According to a south African’ internet blog, The Draft Online Regulation Policy proposed by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) is far-reaching and absolute in its censorship, with little clarity on practical implementation.   This is according to commentators on a recent Carte Blanche insert about the Internet censorship which will accompany the bill.   The …

Crooks are abusing Google Search Console to hide in compromised websites

Source: securityaffairs.co   Experts at Sucuri revealed that cybercriminals are abusing Google Search Console to hide their presence in compromised websites, administrators are advised!   Security experts at Sucuri firm have discovered cyber criminals are increasingly abusing legitimate webmaster tools (Google Search Console) for black hat SEO and hide their presence on compromised websites.   …

Appeals Court Rules that NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Illegal

  A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the National Security Agency’s routine mass collection of Americans’ phone records and metadata is unlawful.   The three judges ruled that the NSA’s use of phone records “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized” under the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was initially intended as …

UNESCO CONNECTing the Dots conference adopts an outcome document

  The UNESCO facilitated and international multistakeholder conference under the theme CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues.   The objective of the conference was to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues as part of UNESCO’s response in …

Draft policy to censor internet in South Africa called out as ‘unconstitutional’

The Right2Know Campaign has issued a statement in response to the South African Film & Publication Board’s (FPB) recent draft policy proposing to regulate online content in the country, rejecting the plan as “unnecessary censorship” and “unconstitutional”.   The policy claims that regulation of online content is the prerogative of the FPB, as a purported …