China’s recently identified and proclaimed Network Security Law may not be business-friendly to other countries that it does business with, especially the U.S. This is also one of the consequences of the American government’s plan to issue sanction to the Chinese government regarding the incident of data hack in June that happened to expose huge number of US government workers.
Network Security Law creates a national standard for security, which according to majority might cross the line between national security and limiting the promotion of Chinese products in the international market. It is also seen to limit the people’s freedom for speech. Final decision is anticipated to come soon
Source: Washington Examiner
On July 6 this year, the Asian country unveiled a new cyber security draft law which was claimed to protect the people’s interests. However, the law have raised fears that it will only serve as a tool for the government to tighten controls on society and craft unreasonable demands on international companies. Sophie Richardson, the China director of Human Rights Watch, stated that one aspect of the law that poses a threat to human rights is the increased online surveillance. If the law is adapted, it will most likely stifle online freedom of speech and therefore, weaken the people’s only means of seeking accountability and transparency.
Source: Foreign Policy
China will strengthen its cyber-sovereignty with its latest national security law. The law aims to protect the country’s national Internet space, strengthen the banking industry and eliminate negative and harmful moral standards. It also aims to finalize issues on security concerns – both domestic and international domains.
It is also speculated that the law was drafted to eradicate the Western ideology which is seen to have great influence on the country’s culture. The country also formed its own National Security Commission for the purpose of staying independent from foreign technology. However, the law is seen to press pressure on HK especially now that that city is calling for a political reform from the mainland.
Source: IB Times
James Clapper, US spy chief, revealed of cyber threats!
A person that was said to be speaking for the Anonymous group has issued a warning video that circulated online about ‘going to war’ with the Singapore government after the latter changed its internet licensing rules, dated Nov. 1, 2013.
Intelligence agencies in the United States have put cyber attack from criminals and foreign governments at top priorities in terms of threat to the US. They recognize that such online assaults would undermine the national security and the economic competitiveness of the country, according to the Director of National Intelligence.
Based on a report issued by James Clapper’s office, Russia’s military was putting up a cyber command that would lead the attacks. In the report, North Korea, Iran and China are also leading threats.
But according to his testimony made to a congressional committee, he noted that he not anymore believed that the US faced its cyber Armageddon. He added that it is now less probable that the major infrastructures of the country, including its power grid and financial networks, would be disabled by the hackers.
Still, he warned that they foresee an ongoing series of what they call low-to-moderate cyber attack levels from a wide range of sources.
He also noted that he could see Russia as the greatest cyber threat for the US, which was more severe than what they previously considered. In November of last year, North Korea was accused as the country that was behind a large data theft from Sony Pictures. Finally, he added that profit-minded hackers and criminals also remain more active than ever.
Source: BBC UK
Ninety hackers from seven countries including China, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States gathered together at Japan’s Security Contest (SECCON) 2014 held in Tokyo.The objective of the contest is to encourage young Japanese engineers toexplore the field of cyber security. One of the event highlights is hacking six virtual servers to unlock keywords stopping cyber attacks.
Yoshinori Takesako, head of the organizing group said that the event aims to use young talents for a better cause. SECCON is supported by several government agencies, technology companies and experts who aim for a better cyber field in Japan.
Source: GMA Network
With the alarming increase of internet users, China is carrying the burden of coming up with effective methods in protecting, not only the users, but the government computer systems as well.
Digital communities are being active in the internet thus the growth of threats online. About 2,000 Chinese websites were traced as the root of more than 50,000 online attacks in the United States from March to May last year. This figure has caused an alarm to China’s cybersecurity monitoring agency thus its mission to make the country a forerunner in promoting a healthy interconnected world instead of just being mere participants. Refining the laws on internet security is expected to protect the country from becoming a target of various terrorism attacks that origin from internet threats.
Source: China Daily
Recently, the U.S. government formally indicted 5 members of the Chinese military with criminal hacking charges. This marks a significant boom of what has been a large war of words amongst the two countries officials. Many experts see that the indictments were long overdue. The U.S. government officials as well as security experts have long believed that China is a large source state-sponsored cyber-attack against military, the U.S. government and corporate networks. During the past several years, China has had many in-soil hackers who are believed to have taken data from the industrial and military sectors in the United States. For more information regarding this, go to the source.
Source: Computer World
Hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering were shown how to easily slip into computer networks through some routers made by Chinese electronics colossus Huawei Technologies.
“For the 20th anniversary of Def Con the gift is China,” Recurity Labs chief Felix “FX” Lindner said as he opened his presentation.
“Nobody needs a back door; this is plausible deniability,” he quipped as he detailed weaknesses in three small Huawei routers that could be exploited using basic hacking techniques. “You get what you pay for. Sorry.”
Huawei routers, equipment that connects networks to the Internet, are widely used in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the company has been striving to gain ground in US and European markets, according to Germany-based Recurity.