Thursday, April 2, 2009CJFE commends the work of Citizen Lab in uncovering the workings of an alleged Chinese cyber-ring which they have labelled "Ghost Net". The cyber-ring's main target appears to be governments, news media, and social activists connected to Tibet. The Citizen Lab team, which is based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, documented a vast cyber espionage network of over 1,295 infected computers in 103 countries. This is the second major report from the Information Warfare Monitor - a joint project of the SecDev Group (Ottawa) and the Citizen Lab. In their report they state that "close to 30% of the infected hosts are considered high-value political and economic targets, and include computers located at ministries of foreign affairs, embassies, international organizations, news media, and NGOs." CJFE is concerned by the implications of this discovery. In particular, that the right, protected by Article 19, "to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers" has been severely compromised for the thousands of people and organisations whose computers have been affected. The internet is often referred to as a wild frontier; the results of this report point out the drawbacks of a frontier which offers little security. To read their full report click here They have noted that currently they have had to redact parts of the report for security reasons, until affected parties can be notified by the relevant authorities. A full uncensored report will be released in one week.
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