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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

Cardinal Quevedo warns of red herrings in passage of BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 January) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal on Friday warned of red herrings as Congress deliberates on passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) ahead of the shift to a federal system of government. Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato, believes President Rodrigo Duterte’s “core conviction” is to pass the BBL first “before the concept […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News17 hr. 46 min. ago

Davao City government urged to use e-vehicles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – The city council has been urged to pass a measure encouraging local government agencies to use e-vehicles to keep carbon emissions down. Ruth M. Tawantawan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 director said that electric vehicles must be the “future of transport” here due to its […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Makabayan warns against clipping court s judicial power

MEMBERS of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 17, criticized a House panel’s proposal to cancel the power of the Supreme Court to look into complaints against government bodies in the administration’s planned government shift to federalism. Representative Fredenil Castro, chair of the sub-committee on judiciary under the committee on… link: Makabayan warns against clipping court's judicial power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Albay under state of calamity

ALBAY province yesterday was placed under a state of calamity as Mayon threatens a hazardous eruption. The provincial board yesterday approved the request of Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara to declare a state of calamity in the province to allow the local government to fully mobilize all agencies and resources….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

DPWH-BDEO PIOs participate in the 4th quarter meeting of CDIO

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) held its 4th Quarter Meeting of Community Development Information Officer (CDIO) / Information Officers (IOs) of National Government Agencies (NGAs) on November 22, 2017......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

MADRID — Spain's prime minister has warned that the government will keep control over the restive region of Catalonia if ousted Catalan leader Carlos Puigdem.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Rody offers services to traders with gov’t transaction troubles

President Duterte has offered to get the permits for businessmen “for free” in case government agencies are unable to process their documents within three days. #BeFullyInformed Rody offers services to traders with gov’t transaction troubles A presidential fix awaits businessmen having troubles with government transactions. Source link: Rody offers services to traders with gov’t transaction troubles.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

NFA warns against fake rice import permits

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said counterfeit rice import permits (IPs) may be circulating after the agency received reports of unauthorized parties offering them for sale. NFA administrator Jason L. Y. Aquino said in a statement that the government will apply the full force of the law in prosecuting counterfeiters and those who use their […] The post NFA warns against fake rice import permits appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Alvarez asks constituents to back Du30 federal gov’t; Colmenares warns Cha-cha move to serve lawmakers’ interest

Sounding certain on the emergence of a new Constitution and the shift to a federal government, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez called on his constituents in Davao del Norte's first district to give their all-out support for the initiative......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

SC orders DOH to answer petition of kids’ mothers in Dengvaxia mess

        The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to comment on the petition seeking to compel government agencies to address the health risks brought about by the multi-billion anti-dengue vaccination mess.   DuringWednesday'sen banc session, the high court gave respondents Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Department of the Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, program director of the DOH-National Center for Disease Prevention and Control and Food and Drug Administration Director General Nela Charade Puno 10 days from receipt of noti...Keep on reading: SC orders DOH to answer petition of kids’ mothers in Dengvaxia mess.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Profiteering

THE government, through concerned offices and agencies, would do well to explain to the public the positive impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act on the people. To claims that it is anti-poor, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez was quoted as saying there’s no reason for the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

DILG warns public on fake OIC appointment scams under federalism and Revolutionary Government

DILG has issued a warning to all local government officials and the general public against scammers going around the country falsely claiming that they could have people appointed as OIC-barangay and local officials under a federal system of government......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

DoF chief touts collection, spending rise

THE GOVERNMENT grew tax collections and disbursements at a double-digit pace last year, the Finance chief said yesterday, citing preliminary data. “Indicative 2017 collection performance of BIR 12.5% growth BoC 17% growth,” said Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III in a Viber message to reporters on Thursday, referring to top revenue-generating agencies Bureau of Internal […] The post DoF chief touts collection, spending rise appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Russia warns U.S. not to get involved in Iran

MOSCOW, Russia – Moscow on Thursday, January 4, warned Washington against interfering in Iran's "internal affairs" after US President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians "take back" their government following protests. The White House said it was weighing sanctions against those involved in a crackdown against the unrest, which has left ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Palace issues memo on foreign travels

MALACAÑANG ISSUED on Wednesday, Jan. 3, a memorandum that outlines measures on government officials’ foreign travels. The memorandum, also dated that day, is addressed to all department secretaries, heads of agencies, government-owned and/or- controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs), and was issued to “ensure compliance with the pronouncements of President Rodrigo R. Duterte […] The post Palace issues memo on foreign travels appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Iran warns against illegal gatherings after protests

TEHRAN, Iran – The Iranian government warned people against further protests on Saturday, December 30, after two days of demonstrations sparked by anger over an array of economic problems.  "We urge all those who receive these calls to protest not to participate in these illegal gatherings as they will create problems for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017