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Reckless III: Investigation Into Mexican Mass Disappearance Targeted with NSO Spyware

The international investigation led by the GIEI into Mexico’s 2014 Iguala Mass Disappearance was targeted with NSO’s Pegasus spyware.

Insider Information: An intrusion campaign targeting Chinese language news sites

This report reveals a campaign of reconnaissance, phishing, and malware operations that use content and domains made to mimic Chinese language news websites.

Reckless Redux: Senior Mexican Legislators and Politicians Targeted with NSO Spyware

NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware and exploit framework were used in infection attempts against Mexican senators and senior politicians in June and July 2016.

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加拿大多伦多大学公民实验室(Citizen Lab)研究人员发现了多个假冒中文新闻网站的域名和网站。这些中文新闻网站包括中国数字时代(China Digital Times),明镜新闻(Mingjing News),大纪元新闻(Epoch Times),香港01(HK01)和 博闻社(Bowen Press),它们经常报道被中国政府认为是禁忌或具有争议性的话题。

Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus

Documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of the Russian government were manipulated and then released as a “leak” to discredit domestic and foreign critics of the government. We call this technique “tainted leaks.”

The Role of App Intermediaries in Protecting Data Privacy

Former Google Policy Fellow Adrian Fong has published a paper titled “The Role of App Intermediaries in Protecting Data Privacy,” based on research that he had conducted, in part, at the Citizen Lab in summer 2016. The paper was published in the International Journal of Law and Technology.



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Jon Penney on the chilling effects of online surveillance

When the general public becomes increasingly aware of online surveillance attempts, how do they respond? Jon Penney, research fellow at Citizen Lab, investigates this for Slate.

Leandro Ucciferri on the identity we can’t change

What does it mean for technology to be increasingly reliant on biometrics? Do facial recognition practices make room for racial discrimination? With both private companies and states implementing biometric technologies, what human rights issues arise? These are some of the questions addressed in Leandro Ucciferri’s new post with Privacy International, “The Identity We Can’t Change”.

ICT Watch Indonesia wins at World Summit on the Information Society Forum

Cyber Stewards Network partner ICT Watch Indonesia was recently recognized at the Wold Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) for their tireless work in championing online freedom of expression.

2017 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Applications open

The Citizen Lab is a host organization for the 2017 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship, as is Cyber Stewards Network Partner Derechos Digitales. Applications are due May 21st, 2017 at 3:59 pm EST.

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