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Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W5Y20): UN reportedly hacked; EU supports Huawei 5G ; UK approves Huawei 5G; Growth in European ccTLDs declined; WEF publishes key principles for ISP security; Coronavirus Misinformation Spreading; Facebook v/Apple on Jeff Bezos’s Phone hack….

Internet Gov Weekly Brief (W5Y20): UN reportedly hacked; EU supports Huawei 5G ; UK approves Huawei 5G; Growth in European ccTLDs declined; WEF publishes key principles for ISP security; Coronavirus Misinformation Spreading; Facebook v/Apple on Jeff Bezos’s Phone hack….




Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox and sets out next steps

“The Commission is today endorsing the joint toolbox of mitigating measures agreed by EU Member States to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation of mobile networks…”

EU wants single data market to combat tech giants’ dominance

“The European Union wants to create a single data market aimed at challenging the dominance of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon, according to a European Commission proposal seen by Reuters…”

5G rollout will lead to an ‘increased exposure to attacks,’ EU says

“5G security standards are set to be bolstered across the EU, amid fears that non-EU states may be trying to infiltrate the bloc’s next-generation mobile technology networks. The EU has, however, pledged not to exclude any specific suppliers, despite heavy US pressure against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei…”

UK approves Huawei 5G role with restrictions

“The UK government cleared Huawei to continue to supply equipment for 5G networks in the country but, as expected, the vendor will be shut out from core parts of the infrastructure…”

EU supports Huawei use in 5G networks in defiance of US

“The European Union has issued a set of guidelines on the use of high-risk vendors like Huawei for building the single market’s 5G networks. Although individual member states will have ultimate control over which equipment they allow in their 5G infrastructure, the European commission has created a “toolbox” of security measures, which it hopes will allow countries across the bloc to coordinate their approaches….”

Hackers acting in Turkey’s interests believed to be behind recent cyberattacks – sources

“Sweeping cyberattacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe and the Middle East are believed to be the work of hackers acting in the interests of the Turkish government, three senior Western security officials said…”

“Five Eyes” intel alliance ties up with Japan over N. Korea

The “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance of English-speaking nations has joined hands with France, Japan and South Korea in an effort to restrain North Korea’s provocations, government sources said Sunday.

US Presses France for ‘Strong Security Measures’ Against Huawei

“The United States pressed France on Wednesday to take “strong security measures” against potential breaches from 5G services provided by Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, saying failure to do so could imperil intelligence exchanges….”

The EU reiterated its readiness to further support Ukraine’s digital transformation

“…The Association Council welcomed Ukraine’s aspirations to further approximate its national legislation with the EU acquis in the area of the digital economy, underlining the importance of full implementation of the commitments under the Association Agreement. It recalled the ongoing assessment of Ukraine’s policy framework, and its institutional and regulatory capacities. The EU reiterated its readiness to further support Ukraine’s digital transformation, including through a programme on e-governance and digital economy…… »

Ukraine and Japan hold second round of cybersecurity consultations

“Ukraine and Japan identified areas for future cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and expressed their readiness to enhance bilateral cybersecurity cooperation to combat cyberthreats….”

India, Brazil sign 15 MoUs in cybersecurity, bioenergy among others

“India and Brazil on Saturday signed 15 MoUs in various fields including cybersecurity, bioenergy and health and medicine among others, following the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro….”

Japan panel draws up emergency proposals on cybersecurity

“An expert panel of the communications ministry Monday compiled a set of emergency proposals on cybersecurity ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer…”


Euopean Data Protection Board: Guidelines 3/2019 on processing of personal data through video device

“Guidelines 3/2019 on processing of personal data through video devices – version adopted after public consultation…”

German Privacy Watchdog Investigates Clothing Retailer H&M

“A German privacy watchdog says it has opened an investigation into clothing retailer H&M amid evidence that the Swedish retailer had committed “massive data protection breaches” by spying on its customer service representatives in Germany.…”


CENTR Reports Decreased Growth in European ccTLDs

“According to the latest quarterly report from the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR), the median growth in European ccTLDs during 2019 was recorded at 2.4% YOY, down from the 3.1% recorded at the same time in 2018. “Despite the low growth, other performance indicators such as delete and renewal ratios have been stable,” CENTR adds. Other noteworthy highlights from the report:…”


FBI Releases Alert on Iranian Hackers’ Defacement Techniques

The FBI Cyber Division issued a flash security alert earlier this month with additional indicators of compromise from recent defacement attacks operated by Iranian threat actors and info on attackers’ TTPs to help administrators and users to protect their websites….”

Senator calls for US intelligence to investigate Jeff Bezos ‘phone hacking’

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, has called on US intelligence agencies including the FBI and DNI to investigate the alleged cellphone hacking of the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man.

Facebook Says Apple Is to Blame for the Hacking of Jeff Bezos’s Phone

“On Friday, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, said that the hacking of Jeff Bezos’s phone wasn’t the fault of WhatsApp, pointing instaed to the Apple iOS that powers the iPhone X Bezos was using. Or, at least, that’s presumably what he was trying to say, though his answer when asked by the BBC was largely incomprehensible…”

Jordan adopts sweeping cybersecurity legislation

« Jordan is bracing for protracted cyber insecurity. Since 2010, the Hashemite Kingdom has rolled out a raft of policies to manage digital vulnerabilities. In keeping with its proactive approach to cybersecurity, Amman is taking additional measures to inoculate the kingdom against digital ailments, including, most recently, the adoption of the 2019 Cybersecurity Law….”

Cybersecurity: Finland launches cybersecurity label for connected objects, a first in Europe

“In a first for Europe, Finland has announced the launch of a label that indicates which connected objects meet the country’s cybersecurity standards, as reported by specialist website Objet Connecté…”

NSA Offers Advice on Securing Clouds

« The National Security Agency issued an advisory with technical guidance for procuring and securing systems reliant on cloud service providers amid a push for the government to adopt the technology….”

Mastercard sets up Intelligence and Cyber Centre in Vancouver

« Mastercard has inaugurated a global Intelligence and Cyber Centre in Vancouver, Canada, the sixth in its portfolio focused on cyber solutions for the payments’ industry, the company announced…”

World Economic Forum Calls for Global Collaboration to Enhance Cyber Resilience in the Aviation Industry

« The aviation industry is unique. While going through the same digital transformation as other businesses, it is global by nature, transcends multiple jusidictions, and must collaborate internally with its own competitors…”

WEF publishes four key principles for ISP’s to boost cyber-security

« To share best practice among ISPs the World Economic Forum and its global partners have published Cybercrime Prevention Principles for Internet Service Providers…”

Canada, allies prepared to ‘impose costs’ on cyberattackers, advisers tell Trudeau

Canada will work with allies to strike back at foreign cyberattackers and “impose costs” that make them understand the price of their wrongdoing, advisers have told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Leaked report shows United Nations suffered hack

“Sophisticated hackers infiltrated U.N. networks in Geneva and Vienna last year in an apparent espionage operation that top officials at the world body kept largely quiet. The hackers’ identity and the extent of the data they obtained are not known….”

FBI seizes WeLeakInfo, a website that sold access to breached data

“US authorities have seized this week the domain of, an online service that for the past three years has been selling access to data hacked from other websites.

The website provided access to people’s cleartext passwords, allowing hackers to purchase a subscription on the site and gain access to billions of user credentials…”

Canadian Military Contractor Hit By Ransomware

“The threat presented by ransomware continues to be evidenced in 2020 after an attack on a major Canadian defence contractor Bird Construction…”


UK Government response to the Regulatory proposals for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) security consultation

“The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a new chapter of how technology is becoming more common in our homes, making people’s lives easier and more enjoyable.

Forecasts vary, but some suggest that by 2025, there will be an estimated 75 billion internet connected devices worldwide. Closer to home, it is also estimated that ownership of smart devices could rise from 10 to 15 devices per UK household this year. …”

Clearview AI sued over facial recognition privacy concerns

“A lawsuit is taking aim at Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition app being used by US law enforcement to identify suspects and other people. The app is under fire after a New York Times investigation into the software company earlier this week…”


Twitter rolls out feature letting users report election misinformation

« Twitter is rolling out a feature allowing users to flag posts they believe contain misinformation about elections ahead of November, a spokesperson told The Hill Thursday….”

Coronavirus Misinformation Is Spreading All Over Social Media

The new coronavirus roiling financial markets and prompting travel bans is taking on a life of its own on the internet, once again putting U.S.-based social media companies on the defensive about their efforts to curb the spread of false or dangerous information.

EU: Russia, China Use ‘Digital War’ to Undermine Democracies

BELGIUM – Russia and China are waging a “digital war” with fake news and disinformation to undermine democracy in Europe, and the European Union must develop tools to fight back, a top EU official said Thursday.

European Union task force holds its first summit on fighting Russian disinformation

A European Union task force created to combat Russian disinformation is holding its first-ever summit on hostile foreign influence, as the bloc continues to try and tackle meddling from its eastern neighbor.

OSCE Media Freedom Representative concerned by several provisions of Ukraine’s new draft law on disinformation

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, expressed today his concerns about several provisions in Ukraine’s new draft law on disinformation.

Silicon Valley scrambles to stop coronavirus misinformation

Facebook, Google and Twitter have all struggled in different ways to contain medical misinformation, in particular around vaccines, in recent years. The Silicon Valley mainstays face a potentially much bigger challenge as coronavirus spreads across the world, having already infected 2,800 people in China and killed at least 82.

Safeguarding the Legitimacy of Elections: The Kofi Annan Commission Launches Final Report

Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age puts forward urgent recommendations to governments and internet platforms to safeguard the legitimacy of elections.

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