Weekly Axis Of Easy #19
In this issue:
• Deloitte scrambles as entire internal email system compromised
• Russia threatens to ban Facebook over data privacy laws
• Iceland’s .IS TLD latest to kick Daily Stormer
• Bell Canada calls for government web blocking and copyright criminalization
Next up after Equifax’s stunning breach, Deloitte disclosed that its entire internal mail system had been compromised by hackers. A long series of public data dumps then ensued as hackers dump out internal communications on pastebin and GitHub from the Fortune 500 accounting firm.
It seems like helping Russia “hack the US election” hasn’t earned Facebook any brownie points with Darth Putin. The Russian government ordered the social network to comply with Russian data privacy laws or it will be blocked in Russia in 2018. A Russian law enacted in 2015 requires that any data collected on Russian citizens remain in Russia.
White supremacist website The Daily Stormer has once again found itself without a publicly resolvable domain after ISNIC, the registry operator for Iceland’s .IS domain, terminated their latest domain: dailystormer.is
The website’s operator, Andrew Anglin refused to comply with ISNICs requirement that all domain registrants provide proof-of-identity and current address. Anglin, who has been keeping his location secret in an effort to stay ahead of at least one lawsuit, declined and the domain was unplugged.
ISNIC is the latest in a long line of Registrars, DNS providers and TLD Registries who have either terminated services to Daily Stormer, or declining to take them on as customers in the first place (like we did a few weeks ago).
It’s almost as if self-professed Nazis get no respect. Who knew?
Canada’s big media 800lb Gorilla is capitalizing on the looming NAFTA renegotiations to insert CRTC-sponsored website blocking and criminalization of copyright offenses – like downloading via BitTorrent. Bell wouldn’t want ISPs to be saddled with censoring web content, “a third-party agency” like the CRTC should do that.
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