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More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact

French President Emmanuel Macron released an international agreement on cybersecurity principles Monday as part of the Paris Peace Forum. The original signatories included more than 50 nations, 130 private sector groups and 90 charitable groups and universities, but not the United States, Russia or China.

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is another step in the disjointed effort to create international norms and laws for cybersecurity and warfare. In most international matters of regulating the internet, there tends to be a wide split between the liberal Western order and authoritarian nations like Russia and China.

Full article: More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact – Axios

China surveillance tech can ID people by their walk

Chinese authorities have started using “gait recognition” software – artificial intelligence that identifies people by their body shape and the way they walk – for mass surveillance on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai. The tech can reportedly recognize people from up to 50 meters away, even if their face is hidden or their back is facing the camera.

Full article: China surveillance tech can ID people by their walk, report says – CNET

China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers

U.S-based server motherboard specialist Supermicro was compromised in China where government-affiliated groups are alleged to have infiltrated its supply chain to attach tiny chips, some merely the size of a pencil tip, to motherboards which ended up in servers deployed in the U.S. The goal was to gain an entry point within company systems to potentially grab IP or confidential information. While the micro-servers themselves were limited in terms of direct capabilities, they represented a “stealth doorway” that could allow China-based operatives to remotely alter how a device functioned to potentially access information.

Source: China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers | TechCrunch

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its citizens

What may sound like a dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China. And it’s making and breaking lives. The Communist Party calls it “social credit” and says it will be fully operational by 2020. Within years, an official Party outline claims, it will “allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step”.

Full article: Leave no dark corner – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Apple Removes Top Security App For Stealing Data and Sending it to China

Apple has removed the #1 selling anti-malware app called Adware Doctor from the Mac App Store because it was gathering browsing history and other sensitive information without a user’s permission and then uploading it to someone in China.

Source: Apple Removes Top Security App For Stealing Data and Sending it to China

10 ways China watches its citizens

From tracking the activity of mobile app users to setting up a social credit scorecard, the world’s most populated country is taking surveillance technology to new heights. With a population of 1.3 billion, China’s plan to create a facial recognition system that can identify people within three seconds – with a 90 per cent accuracy rate – may seem ambitious, but that does not stop it from trying.

Read full article: Drones, facial recognition and a social credit system: 10 ways China watches its citizens | South China Morning Post

China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to identify and track 1.4 billion people. It wants to assemble a vast and unprecedented national surveillance system, with crucial help from its thriving technology industry.

China is reversing the commonly held vision of technology as a great democratizer, bringing people more freedom and connecting them to the world. In China, it has brought control.

Source: Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras – The New York Times

Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies

Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade’s worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetrate software and gaming companies in the US, Europe, Russia, and elsewhere.

The hackers have struck as recently as March in a campaign that used phishing emails in an attempt to access corporate-sensitive Office 365 and Gmail accounts. In the process, they made serious operational security errors that revealed key information about their targets and possible location.

Source: Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies | Ars Technica

National Standard on Personal Information Security Goes into Effect in China

On May 1, 2018, the Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification went into effect in China.

The Specification is not binding and cannot be used as a direct basis for enforcement. However, enforcement agencies in China can still use the Specification as a reference or guideline in their administration and enforcement activities.

Source: National Standard on Personal Information Security Goes into Effect in China

China Claims It’s Scanning Workers’ Brainwaves to Increase Efficiency and Profits

At a factory in Hangzhou, China, production line workers are allegedly being outfitted with brain-reading hats and helmets. They read workers’ emotions and use artificial intelligence algorithms to “detect emotional spikes such as depression, anxiety or rage”.

Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is one of many Chinese companies using government-sponsored technologies to monitor the brain activity of employees while they’re on the job.

Source: China Claims It’s Scanning Workers’ Brainwaves to Increase Efficiency and Profits – Motherboard

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