US has automatic cyberattack software, says Snowden

Science fiction has a way of creeping into reality -- or vice versa. Take, for example, the idea that computers will become so intelligent they will automatically launch weapons at the first sign

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

An unlimited appetite for data

Law enforcement and government intelligence agencies will insist they can never gather too much information when conducting an investigation. They're probably right. On the other hand, if let completely lose these agencies would probably collect

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Court to look into police ability to get wireless subscriber data

The ability of Canada's electronic spy agency and police departments to monitor residents' digital communications is back in the news this week, with a report in The Globe and Mail on how close

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Microsoft loses email case, gets chance to appeal

Last month we told you of a U.S. court case to keep an eye on involving a government attempt to get Microsoft to hand over email data held in one of the company's

Published on: August 7th, 2014 Howard Solomon

A U.S. case Canadian CSOs should keep an eye on

CIOs and CSOs have some concerns about their enterprises storing data offshore, particularly in the U.S., over worries that there's a risk sensitive corporate or customer data can't be protected from government reach.

Published on: July 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Rogers, Telus insist on warrants for subscriber information

When the Supreme Court of Canada ruled last month that police needed a search warrant to get basic subscriber information from Internet providers, it seemed clear that if law enforcement agencies only had

Published on: July 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

How unlimited is NSA spying?

Good news -- there's honour among spies. That's the word from a Washington Post report which says the U.S. National Security Agency has permission to  do electronic spying on every country except its partners in

Published on: July 3rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Experts worry governments may cripple the Internet over time

It isn't easy to look ahead -- hindsight is always 20-20 goes an accurate saying. So when a group of Internet experts were asked recently by the Pew Research Center for the Future of

Published on: July 3rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Increasing ethics training is the answer to cyberthreats

Over 90 per cent of networks are compromised and this can happen in less than 20 minutes when exposed to the Internet. Mobile is the focal point of this trend. With embedded computing,

Published on: July 3rd, 2014 Stephen Ibaraki