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UK warns government agencies not to use Kaspersky software

LONDON — Britain's cybersecurity agency has told government departments not to use antivirus software from Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab amid concerns abou.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 3rd, 2017

NGO warns DOH-accredited clinics, recruitment agencies vs online medical registration scheme victimizing OFWs

A non-government organization that specializes in labor migration warned medical clinics and recruitment agencies catering to OFWs not to fall for a dubious scheme hatched allegedly by the GCC Ministry of Health, which imposes a $10-fee online registration fee for every Middle East-bound OFW applicant......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Russian cyberfirm Kaspersky appeals ban in US court

SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Embattled cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Monday, December 18, that it is asking a federal court to overturn a ban on its products being used by US agencies. Allegations that Moscow-based Kaspersky, which sold more than $600 million of anti-virus software globally in 2015, knowingly or unknowingly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

An alert researcher, teamwork helped stem huge cyberattack

LONDON — The cyberattack that spread malicious software around the world, shutting down networks at hospitals, banks and government agencies, was thwarted by.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2017

RCMP reveals use of secretive cellphone surveillance technology for the first time – CBC News

The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security. &'8220;Absolutely,&'8221; RCMP Chief Supt. Jeff Adam, who is in charge of technical investigations services, said in an unprecedented technical briefing Wednesday with reporters from CBC News, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. The RCMP held the briefing in the wake of a CBC News investigation that found evidence that devices known as IMSI catchers may be in use near government buildings in Ottawa for the purpose of illegal spying. &'8220;Not everyone uses the equipment in the way the RCMP does,&'8221; Adam said. &'8220;It is publicly known there is equipment out there that is not limited in its capturing of communications between devices. And so it's a security risk when it is used in proximity to government and/or any other commercial enterprises.&'8221; Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday the devices detected did not belong to any Canadian police or intelligence agency. Adam told reporters that while he isn't &'8220;personally aware&'8221; of foreign agencies using the technology in Canada, &'8220;I can't rule that out.&'8221; But on Wednesday, after shrouding their own use of the technology in secrecy for years, the RCMP took the unprecedented step of speaking publicly about the devices — also known as Stingrays or Mobile Device Identifiers (MDIs) — to address public concern amidst mounting questions about their use The RCMP says that MDIs — of which it owns 10 — have become &'8220;vital tools&'8221; deployed scores of times to identify and track mobile devices in 19 criminal investigations last year and another 24 in 2015. He says in all cases but one in 2016, police got warrants. The one exception was an exigent circumstance — in other words, an emergency scenario &'8220;such as a kidnapping,&'8221; said Adam, whose office tracks every instance where an MDI has been used by the RCMP. &'8220;This technology is a vital tool in providing valuable assistance to criminal investigations,&'8221; Adam said, adding some recent media reporting has misstated how police use MDIs and what the technology can actually do. He says using an MDI requires senior police approval as well as getting a judge's order. And he says the technology provides only a first step in an investigation allowing officers to identify a device. He says only then can police apply for additional warrants to obtain a user's &'8220;basic subscriber information&'8221; such as name and address connected to the phone. Then, he says, only if the phone and suspect are targets of the investigation can police seek additional warrants to track the device or conduct a wiretap to capture communications. Adam says the RCMP currently has 24 technicians trained and authorized to deploy the devices across Canada. He knows other police forces own and use them too, but declined to name them. He said the RCMP's devices are restricted in their use, with software that only allows them to identify a mobile device and to potentially track the location of that phone. &'8220;What the RCMP technology does not do is collect private communication,&'8221; Adam said. &'8220;In other words, it does not collect voice and audio communications, email messages, text messages, contact lists, images, encryption keys or basic subscriber information.&'8221; There do exist interception tools that allow eavesdropping on phone calls and direct interception of digital messages but Adam said the RCMP does not own them or use them. He said anyone operating in Canada without a proper licence or judge's authorization would be breaking section 191.1 of the Criminal Code that prohibits possession of these kinds of interception devices. He also said it would be a violation of the Radiocommunications Act. Adam conceded that until two months ago the RCMP itself failed to get express approval to use MDIs from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED, formerly Industry Canada), the government body responsible for regulating technology that might interfere with wireless communications. He said the RCMP believed at one point that an exemption introduced in early 2015 to the Radiocommunications Act allowing the use of cellular &'8220;jammers&'8221; might also exempt the use of MDIs — but ISED ultimately disagreed. Otherwise, he said police have almost always sought a warrant, though he noted a few exceptions. He said in recent years the law has changed to catch up with emerging technologies. Police used to apply for a general warrant to use the technology. In 2015, Adam said there was a period of at least six months — between March and October — when the RCMP didn't seek a warrant at all, acting on advice from the Department of Justice and government prosecutors. RCMP say that in the past five years — including this period — police used the devices without a warrant in 11 investigations. IMSI catchers have been highly controversial for fear that hundreds of innocent device users can be swept up in the collection of cellular data. Adam said all data collected is strictly protected, isolated and reported to judges, preserved until it is no longer needed and then destroyed. &'8220;The data, once it is seized lawfully to the judge, will be secured and locked up for criminal court purposes. It will not be accessed other than the target information,&'8221; Adam said. He said the RCMP has been fully co-operating with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, which has been investigating police use of cellphone-tracking equipment in Canada. He also said police are very aware that cell MDIs can potentially [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2017

Draft federal charter irrepealable, ex-Bayan Muna solon warns

The proposed federal government Constitution drafted by President Rodrigo Duterte's consultative committee is "irrepealable," a former militant lawmaker warned......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

One-stop medical assistance center to be replicated

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, July 19 (PIA) - Pagkalinga sa Bayan One-Stop Medical Assistance Center will soon be established in major government hospitals pooling together key government agencies with.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

‘Dengvaxia monitoring’ mobile app launched

A MOBILE phone application that allows parents to report symptoms of dengue experienced by their children to concerned government agencies has been launched. The Abizo dengue vaccine monitoring service will also serve as a channel for parents to receive advisories and surveys directly from the Departments of Education and Health and ambulance service. Education Secretary [...] The post ‘Dengvaxia monitoring’ mobile app launched appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Drilon warns House: Don’t rush to amend Constitution

Sen. Franklin Drilon warned on Sunday members of the House of Representatives against rushing to amend the Constitution, a more complex process than passing other laws, just to fulfill the Duterte administration's plan to put a federal system of government in place. "Amending our charter is not like passing an ordinary legislation. It is much harder than that. It requires comprehensive studies and deliberations," Drilon said in a statement. "There are a lot of imponderables and implications that can affect our people of today and of the generations to come." "Congress should not be rushed into amending the Constitution to pave the way for federalism," he added. "Let the committ...Keep on reading: Drilon warns House: Don’t rush to amend Constitution.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Manila Bay rehab needs everybody’s cooperation

Poor and inefficient solid waste management as well as inadequate proper wastewater treatment facilities have been identified as contributory factors to the worsening state of water in Manila Bay.   At least 13 government agencies have been directed to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay in their different capacities under a writ of continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court on Dec. 18, 2008.   Among these agencies is the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), which is mandated to operate and maintain adequate wastewater treatment plants in Metro Manila, Rizal and Cavite.   Under the writ, MWSS shall submit to the high cou...Keep on reading: Manila Bay rehab needs everybody’s cooperation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Congress ready for Sona 2018

It’s all systems go for the third State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Rodrigo Duterte onJuly 23, Congress’ taskforce on Sona assuredon Thursday. House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali said their security personnel and other government agencies are more prepared now compared to last year’s national address. “We have more assets… link: Congress ready for Sona 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

‘Accompanied, attended, covered’ and other ‘accomplishments’ of Mocha Uson

Mocha Uson has accompanied the president, covered and attended events and “scheduled visits to different government agencies,” according to her job description/duties and 2017 accomplishments released by the Presidential Communications Operations Office. Photos of the document had circulated on social media in the first week of July, with many people commenting that Uson’s monthly P133,454 salary […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

DBM chief warns of SC ruling’s fiscal risk

THE GOVERNMENT’S fiscal position may be at risk from the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that local governments’ share in state revenues includes all national government taxes, not just those collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Budget Secretary Benjamin “Ben” E. Diokno said on Wednesday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Tighter monitoring of gov’t projects underway

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is closely coordinating with implementing agencies to maximize infrastructure monitoring and advisory groups in ensuring that government projects in Mindanao are completed on time......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

8T Jobs Made Available at Capitol Overseas Job Fair

Over 8,000 job vacancies were opened during the overseas job fair organized by the Cebu Provincial Government held at the Capitol Social Hall last July 8. Nine applicants were hired on the spot, with some of them coming from the neighboring Provinces of Bohol and Negros Occidental. The vacancies came from 31 job agencies verified […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

New payroll system aims to prevent ATM cards pawning

THE new payroll system of the Iloilo City Government will bar employees from making their ATM cards as collateral when they apply for loans. According to City Administrator Hernando Galvez on Monday, the city government has already signed an agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for the Payroll Software System. The shift […] The post New payroll system aims to prevent ATM cards pawning appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

COA questions DILG s last-minute P99-million fund transfer

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the move of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to transfer funds to 3 government agencies in 2017. In a recently released report, state auditors said P99.19 million initially given to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Government warns vs ‘marriage-for-job’ racket in China

Prospective overseas workers should beware of offers to marry a Chinese in exchange for employment in China, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

University roadshow aims to popularize Iloilo City app

THE Iloilo City government, in coordination with a software development company, will embark on a university roadshow to popularize the Iloilo City mobile application launched in the metropolis last week. Zeno Martinez, BizDev director of Highly Succeed – which developed the software for the mobile application – said they will initially visit big universities in […] The post University roadshow aims to popularize Iloilo City app appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

More government agencies set to relocate to Clark

At least 21 government agencies are being considered for transfer to Clark as part of efforts to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, an official announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

SC: LGUs should get share of all national taxes

Local government units (LGUs) may soon receive a bigger share of the government's revenue collection following a Supreme Court decision stating that they are entitled to a share from taxes collected by other agencies, not just the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Voting 10-3, the high court partly granted the 2012 petition filed by Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas for the national government to comply with the constitutional provision that LGUs should receive a "just share" from national taxes. Mandanas said it is important for the government to follow the Constitution so that the LGUs can expediently serve their constituents through delivery of basic services. "The Court,...Keep on reading: SC: LGUs should get share of all national taxes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018