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Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

Australia under 'malicious' cyberattack from state actor

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Attacks target 'a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure,' says Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison


FEU investigating possible hack, exposure of student data

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:35 PM

A report from FEU Advocate says 1,000 student accounts had been made public, with details such as names, student numbers, and passwords exposed


U.P. Visayas website down after defacement

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:39 PM

The UP Visayas website defacement is the latest in a string of cyberattacks targeting schools


Task force orders StaySafe developer to give users' data to DOH

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:42 PM

IATF-EID warns it will revoke StaySafe's official status if the developer does not comply with new directives. Yet it was the task force itself that endorsed the app before it went through technical vetting.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

StaySafe developer says Rio accusations 'unfair'

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:33 AM

But Multisys CEO David Almirol Jr admits technical and privacy assessments were not yet completed when the government adopted and promoted StaySafe

U.P. Cebu confirms data breach on its Student Evaluation on Teaching system

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The names and passwords to access a site used to let students rate the performance of their lecturers and professors are made public in the breach

Amid investigation, alleged San Beda hackers release '16gb database of San Beda'

Jun 08, 2020 - 4:32 PM

While San Beda is working with authorities, the alleged hackers' web page remains accessible. A new Twitter page also appears, claiming the public release of all the stolen data.

SAN BEDA HACK. The hacker's page shows a '0:00' on its 'doomsday' countdown Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


How to set up one-time passwords on Facebook and other online platforms

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:39 PM

One-time passwords are single-use passwords sent by an online platform to a user's email address or mobile number for added security


San Beda student portal hacked, personal data of thousands stolen

Jun 07, 2020 - 11:35 AM

San Beda University seeks the help of the National Bureau of Investigation and the National Privacy Commission to track down the hacker

‘Doomsday’ warning for San Beda University resurfaces

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The university has a 72-hour window to send a notification to affected data subjects, according to the National Privacy Commission’s policies

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


San Beda University student portal down after apparent hack

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:32 PM

The defaced version of San Beda University's portal shows a warning to the school and an apparent 'Doomsday' timer


Security researcher gets $100,000 Apple bounty for 'Sign in with Apple' bug

Jun 01, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Because of Bhavuk's Jain's report, Apple is able to fix the sign-in bug quickly. Apple tells him they investigated their logs and found 'no misuse or account compromise due to this vulnerability.'

SIGN IN WITH APPLE. Apple quashes a bug with its Sign in with Apple feature. Screenshot from Apple video.


Hacker behind 'doxxing' of German politicians charged

May 26, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The German man – arrested in January last year – is accused of multiple computer crimes, as well as making false reports to the police and attempted blackmail

Zoom agrees to step up security after New York probe

May 08, 2020 - 9:12 AM

In a statement, New York Attorney General Letitia James says Zoom will institute new security measures for the millions of users using the platform, including enhanced privacy controls

ZOOM. In this photo illustration, a Zoom App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 30, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


UK and U.S. warn of cyber threat to health sector fighting virus

May 06, 2020 - 9:02 AM

The countries' cyber security agencies issue a joint warning to healthcare and medical research staff, urging them to improve password security amid the threat


[ANALYSIS] How cybercriminals are causing digital pandemic

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:30 AM

It's 'open hunting season' for cybercriminals as they attack our curiosity, our eagerness to get the latest news on the coronavirus, and even our willingness to help

Hackers can 'leak, modify, and delete' emails through iOS Mail exploit – firm

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The vulnerability has been observed from 2012's iOS 6 to the current latest iOS 13.4.1, according to US-based cybersecurity firm ZecOps. But older versions may also be vulnerable


Nation-backed hackers tune attacks to coronavirus fears – Google

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:53 AM

Examples of ploys include bogus solicitations for charities; messages crafted to appear as though sent from remote workers, and websites impersonating pages of governments or public health agencies


Zoom rolls out new measures as security fears mount

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Zoom is rolling out a bug bounty program, and a toolbar for easily accessing features such as locking chats from strangers, and making meeting password requirements a default setting


Internet overseers seek crackdown on coronavirus website scams

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:48 AM

A new report says that in March, at least 100,000 new website names were registered using terms such as 'covid,' 'corona,' and 'virus'


PLDT not blocking Zoom for customers

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:16 PM

Privacy-troubled Zoom is now considered as a malware within PLDT

ZOOM. The Zoom video meeting and chat app has become the wildly popular host to millions of people working and studying from home during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Hacker 'ceasefire' gets little traction as pandemic fuels attacks

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'The pandemic has led to an explosion of cybercrime, preying upon a population desperate for safety and reassurance,' says a report released this week by Interisle Consulting Group

Zoom patches vulnerabilities in macOS version, freezes feature development

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Two flaws in Zoom's macOS client can give local attackers root privileges or allow the attacker to access a user's camera and microphone

ZOOM FLAWS. In this photo illustration a Zoom App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 30, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Zooming out: Video chat apps aren’t perfect, but we need them anyway

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:12 PM

While video chat apps are likely more needed now for both personal and business uses, it becomes more important that we also take stock of what we’re giving up to supposedly free services

Boom in video chat apps brings out cybercriminals with fake sites, malware

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Phishing websites are targeting unsuspecting consumers who want to use a video chat app to connect for work, or to talk to friends and family

Zoom under scrutiny in U.S. over privacy, porn hacks

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Some sessions are being 'Zoom-bombed' by porn, hate images, and threatening language

ZOOM. The Zoom video meeting and chat app has become the wildly popular host to millions of people working and studying from home during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Hackers target World Health Organization in bid to take passwords – report

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:43 PM

While the attempt to steal passwords by creating a fake World Health Organization internal email system page failed, the hackers remain unknown at this time

Hackers attacking Windows users using unpatched vulnerability – Microsoft

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:07 PM

Microsoft lists a number of workarounds to help avoid getting attacked as a result of the vulnerability. A patch will be released on April 14

MICROSOFT. The logo of French headquarters of American multinational technology company Microsoft, is pictured outside on March 6, 2018 in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a Paris' suburb. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

The other virus threat: Surge in coronavirus-themed cyberattacks

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:08 PM

The abrupt move of millions of people to remote work sparks an unprecedented volume of attacks to trick people into giving up credentials to attackers, security researchers say

'Stalkerware' use up in 2019 – cybersecurity firm

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Stalkerware is a kind of program that allows one to secretly monitor another person's messages, files, photos, and location, among others


MGM Resorts faces lawsuit over breach exposing 10.6 million guests' data

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:43 PM

The personal details of hotel guests, which includes celebrities, government officials, tech CEOs, and reporters, are said to have been posted in a hacking forum

Mitsubishi Electric data may have been compromised in cyberattack

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:08 PM

Mitsubishi Electric says it has confirmed highly sensitive information in the defense, power, and railway sectors are unaffected

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC. A file photo taken December 7, 2019, shows the sign of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on its headquarters in Tokyo. Photo by Kyodo News

Activists fear censorship as Russia tests internet for 'security'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Russia troubleshoots its internet system to prevent cyberattacks, but activists fear of more censorship to come

CYBERSECURITY. Moscow seeks to protect its internet system from attacks. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Will PH military be China's unwitting accessory to data breach?

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases

Military report confirms spying risks in deal with China-backed telco

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal

Fingerprint login should be a secure defense for our data, but most of us don't use it properly

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Touch ID technology was designed to enhance security and usability, and it would have, if people hailed its initial purpose and kept stronger passcodes

BIOMETRICS. Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. Image from Shutterstock

Duterte executive order reorganizes national cybersecurity committee

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

With Executive Order 95, the Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary replaces the Department of Science and Technology Secretary as a co-chair of the committee

UK Labour suffers 'major cyberattack' ahead of election

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The Labour Party says some of its campaign activities were slowed but were restored by early Tuesday and are now back to normal

Close to 250,000 WannaCry infection attempts in PH stopped in August alone – report

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The Philippines accounts for 5.8% of the 4.3 million WannaCry infection attempts in August of this year that were detected and stopped by security firm Sophos.

Airbus hit by series of cyberattacks on suppliers – security sources

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:34 PM

There have been 4 major attacks on Airbus in the last 12 months, according to two security sources involved in investigating the hacking

Millions of patient medical records freely accessible online

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Some 16 million records are available 'unprotected on the internet and available to anyone with basic computer expertise,' reports say


Almost entire population of Ecuador has online data leaked

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The breach exposes citizens' full names, dates and places of birth, education levels, phone numbers and national identity card numbers


76% of devices in healthcare facilities in PH infected by malicious code

Sep 14, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Philippines has the most number of infected medical devices in Southeast Asia, and is second worst among countries in the world after Venezuela, experts from Kaspersky say

MEDICAL CYBERSECURITY. Kaspersky cybersecurity experts discuss the state of security at medical institutions at an event in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Kyle Chua

Kaspersky Lab to tackle threats in healthcare at annual cybersecurity event

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:54 PM

This year’s summit is taking place at Yangon, Myanmar on September 5


Twitter CEO hack highlights dangers of 'SIM swap' fraud

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Dorsey is a victim of the 'SIM swap' fraud which lets fraudsters trick a mobile carrier into transferring a number, potentially causing a big security hole

JACK DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Google reveals years-long 'indiscriminate' iPhone hack

Aug 30, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Google reports a two-year iPhone hacking operation that exposed user photos, live user location information, and other data


Data breach at webhost Hostinger exposes 14 million users

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:32 PM

An unauthorized third party temporarily gained access to non-financial details of 14 million users, reports Hostinger

Capital One data breach hits 100M credit card applications – firm

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Bank says no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised

CAPITAL ONE. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2019 A US flag flies above the Capital One Bank Headquarters in New York City.  Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP


Data breach hits Sephora, Philippine customers affected

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Sephora offers a free data monitoring service in some of the affected regions, but not in the Philippines due to certain 'local regulatory requirements'

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