‘Internet of things’ or ‘vulnerability of everything’? Japan will hack its own citizens to find out

(CNN)Children playing in a middle school gym in Indonesia; a man getting ready for bed in a Moscow apartment; an Australian family coming and going from their garage; and a woman feeding her cat in Japan. What is a DDOS attack? Network down For years, hackers have used so-called “botnets” — collections of compromised devices — to send spam emails, steal data and carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are used to force websites offline by flooding them with traffic and overwhelming their servers with requests. Traditionally, DDoS botnets were made up of hundreds of compromised computers — the hackers would run scripts in the background to load a target website over and over without the …

Officials say this law is about online safety. Experts say it’s a Trojan horse for internet censorship

(CNN)The men passed the link between them, sharing it over email and instant messages. It was to a public Dropbox folder, containing hundreds of nude and intimate images of women, mostly students at the Fiji campus of the University of the South Pacific. In May 2018, after an unusually short two-month public consultation, the bill was passed into law, becoming the Online Safety Act 2018. Only government lawmakers voted in favor of the new law, with every opposition lawmaker voting against it. Under the new law, someone who “posts an electronic communication where posting the electronic communication causes harm to the individual” could be liable to a fine of $9,400 and up to five years in prison. While supporters of …

Hong Kong moves to criminalize ‘insulting’ China’s national anthem

Hong Kong (CNN)The trumpet sounds, clear and exultant, and is greeted by a crescendo of boos. Schoolchildren, including those at international schools, would also be legally required to learn the anthem, which opens with the line, “Arise, we who refuse to be slaves!” New law The national anthem law was introduced in mainland China in 2017, amid widespread outrage north of the border at the disrespect shown by some Hongkongers — mainly a tiny subset of football fans — for the song. Following its passage, China’s legislature known as the National People’s Congress added the law to Annex III of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s de facto constitution. That meant the city’s government was legally required to introduce equivalent legislation, …