On The Wire

Splinternets: Human Rights and Internet Fragmentation

Cyberspace has been described as an unregulated mess where ransomware hawkers and data brokers peddle their wares alongside nation states, spy agencies, corporations, journalists and activists. Who governs who is up for grabs in the digital universe while some states are building their own internet in a fragmentation called the ...
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Personal Autonomy and the War on Cash

In a cashless society financial transactions are conducted with digital information by the use of credit and debit cards, mobile payments and digital currencies. The trend toward digital transactions has increased in the early twenty-first century with the development of electronic banking, intermediaries such as PayPal and digital wallet systems ...
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Russian Oligarch Indicted for Sanctions Evasion

Prominent Russian oligarch Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska and two of his associates have been charged with conspiracy to violate sanctions imposed by the United States in response to Russia's unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine. The indictment in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, alleges that Mr. Deripaska ...
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Iranians Indicted In Hacking Conspiracy

The United States Department of Justice unsealed an indictment yesterday charging three Iranian nationals with carrying out cyber attacks against global critical infrastructure. The targets included government entities, accounting firms and power companies. The alleged goal of the campaign was to gain unauthorized access to computers, steal data and demand ...
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Fog Reveal and the Data Brokers

The buying and selling of information is the staple of the data brokering industry. Information about income, education, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political views and geolocation data are peeled from publicly available sources that may include census records, social media sites and commercial transactions. A mass surveillance technology developed by an ...
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Do You Know What Sensitive Data Is?

Personal information is distinguishable from personally identifiable information in that the latter can be used to uniquely identify a specific individual. Both have been described as sensitive data although personal information cannot be used standing alone to uniquely identify an individual. Confidential information is another term used to describe sensitive ...
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Canada’s New Privacy Bill

Data protection laws are essential to governing the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by private sector organizations in the modern economic environment. On June 16, 2022, the Canadian government tabled a Bill designed to update the federal private sector privacy law, create a new tribunal and enact new ...
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What Is Trickbot?

Trickbot is both a sophisticated trojan malware and the alleged cybercrime syndicate that developed it. The malware was historically deployed to steal banking credentials but its capabilities were later expanded to create a complete modular malware ecosystem. In a report release yesterday the British cybersecurity firm Cyjax analyzed a trove ...
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OneCoin and the Cryptoqueen

She was the Cryptoqueen. In a resplendent red ballgown and long diamond earrings she promised the adoring crowd a financial revolution. But after convincing investors to plough $4 billion into OneCoin, described by a New York prosecutor as a pyramid scheme based on smoke and mirrors, Dr. Ruja Ignatova boarded ...
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Supreme Court of Canada strikes down ‘absurd’ parole ineligibility law

On January 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette walked into the Great Mosque of Quebec in Quebec City, Canada, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire. He killed six people and injured five others. He pleaded guilty to six counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment without ...
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