Australia may take a stricter approach to violent online material than Europe in light of the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The government is introducing legislation that would punish social networks that don't "expeditiously" remove "abhorrent" violent content produced by perpetrators, such as terrorism, kidnapping and rape. If found guilty, a company could not only face fines up to 10 percent of their annual turnover, but see its executives imprisoned for up to three years. The country's Safety Commissioner would have the power to issue formal notices, giving companies a deadline to remove offending material. Platform hosts would also have to notify Australia if they discover their service is streaming violent content taking place within the country.
CANBERRA - New Zealand's official privacy watchdog described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has been critical of Facebook's response to a gunman using the platform to livestream some of the slaughter of 50 worshippers and the wounding of 50 more at two mosques on March 15. Edwards made his comments Monday after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg recently rejected calls to introduce a delay in his livestreaming service Facebook Live, saying it would interfere with the interactivity of livestreaming. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions," Edwards posted on Twitter. Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to police hate speech in Myanmar, where a government campaign against minority Rohingya Muslims has been described by the U.N. as ethnic cleansing.
Following his acquittal of murder in the death of his Tinder date Warriena Wright, Australian man Gable Tostee has managed to offend several people. Tostee, 30, is scheduled to appear on an episode of "60-Minutes on the Nine Network" set to air Sunday in which he shares details about the woman's death, BBC News reported Monday. Tostee and Wright, 26, met through the popular dating app while the woman was in New Zealand for vacation. The two returned to his apartment where their argument turned physical. Tostee reportedly locked the woman on the balcony, where she later fell to her death.
At the start of his extradition hearing in an Auckland court Monday, Kim Dotcom's lawyer asked the judge to allow for the case proceedings to be streamed live over YouTube, a request the United States -- which is seeking Dotcom's custody to charge the tech entrepreneur with copyright infringement and money laundering -- opposed. And on Tuesday, Judge Murray Gilbert rejected arguments made by New Zealand government prosecutors, who were representing the U.S., and allowed for the hearing to be live-streamed over YouTube. Breaking News: Judge has granted live streaming! The case against Dotcom, a German by birth, relates to the erstwhile file-sharing website, Megaupload. U.S. authorities say Dotcom and other Megaupload executives encouraged piracy through the website, which cost film studios and recording companies over 500 million while making about 175 million for the website in revenue.
As attackers ranging from nation-state backed espionage groups to cyber criminal operations are increasingly turning to openly available hacking tools to help conduct campaigns, the cyber security authorities of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US have warned. The research by the nations involved in the'Five Eyes' intelligence sharing arrangement provides a snapshot of some of threats posed by cyber actors worldwide by detailing some of the common commonly available tools used in attacks. They are all freely available - often on the open web - and include remote access trojans, web shells and obfuscation tools. Combinations of some or all of these have been used in in attack campaigns by some of the most prolific attackers around. "Tools and techniques for exploiting networks and the data they hold are by no means the preserve of nation states, or criminals on the Dark Web," said the report.