Sunday, February 11, 2018

Who hates the Olympics?
South Korea Probes Cyber Shutdown During Olympics Ceremony
South Korea on Saturday investigated a mysterious internet shutdown during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which follows warnings of possible cyberattacks during the Pyeongchang Games.
Internal internet and wifi systems crashed at about 7:15 pm (1015 GMT) on Friday and were still not back to normal at midday on Saturday, Games organizers said.
Cyber-security teams and experts from South Korea's defence ministry, plus four other ministries, formed part of a taskforce investigating the shutdown, they said, adding that it didn't affect the high-tech opening ceremony.
The outage follows warnings of malware phishing attacks targeting organizations working at the Olympics, and allegations of cyberattacks from Russia – which has denied any involvement.

You can secure some of the data all of the time, and all of the data some of the time, but you can’t secure all of the data all of the time.” (With apologies to Abe Lincoln)
Kieran Andrews reports:
Lost confidential papers, leaked email addresses and the release of sensitive personal information were just some of the 4000 “data security incidences” recorded by the UK Government recorded last year.
Data uncovered by the SNP has revealed that in one case an assault victim’s new name and address was inadvertently sent to the perpetrator of the crime as part of an amended restraining order.
The Ministry of Justice said the affected individual and the Information Commissioner’s Office were notified and an investigation was launched. It did not disclose a conclusion.
Meanwhile, Whitehall’s Education Department mistakenly sent full application forms from 14 teachers containing personal data to a contractor, left official papers in taxis, and published actual grammar tests online instead of practice versions.
Read more on The Sunday Post.

An old debate. As a rule of thumb, assume the government has resolution an order of magnitude better than what is allowed “civilians,” that means they can see objects as small as one inch across.
How the Government Controls Sensitive Satellite Data
… The feds can limit how good commercially available images can be when taken by US companies. And it can issue a directive barring imaging over a given location.

I don’t think this will be the terrible shock this article suggests. Companies will need to change their model, but that’s nothing new.
GDPR: Europe's new privacy law will hand a huge advantage to American tech companies
New online privacy laws going into effect in Europe this spring will hand a huge advantage to large American tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon, at the expense of smaller European publishers and advertising companies, according to research from five different investment analysts, seen by Business Insider.
… Two new laws will come into effect in the European Union, including Britain, sometime after May this year. The first, called "the General Data and Privacy Regulation" (GDPR), requires tech companies to get affirmative consent from any user for any information they gather on you.
The second, "the ePrivacy law," governs tracking cookies, and requires tech companies to get affirmative permission from consumers for every cookie they use, each time they use them. The laws apply to any company that does business in Europe, even if they are based outside the continent. So most American tech companies have to obey this, too.
… Macquarie analyst Tim Nollen and his team describe it this way (emphasis in the original):
"For each cookie dropped, both publishers and consumers will need to ask if the placement of the cookie improves the internet experience in order to be in compliance. Companies will thus be forced to justify and may need to acquire consent for each cookie that they place on each user. Each time.”
… GDPR contains some exceptions for companies that have ongoing direct relationships with their users. Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple all require logins, and thus will find obtaining consent from their users easier, according to Goldman Sachs analyst Lisa Yang and her team. A login could function as pre-existing consent for all future visits. She recently told clients:
“We think organisations that have a direct and trusted relationship with clients and can demonstrate a clear value exchange are more likely to gain user consent (e.g. renowned brands and publishers, GOOGL, FB, AMZN), while those that rely on third-party data for targeting purposes with no direct user relationship may find it more challenging (e.g. ad tech, ad agencies). In our view, coping with the new requirements and costs associated is also likely to be more difficult for the smaller players (be it ad tech, brands or publishers)."

Something for our Criminal Justice students?
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