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Facts about NSO Group, the Israeli firm accused of cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:40 AM

NSO Group produces Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target's cell phone camera and microphone and access data on it, effectively turning the phone into a pocket spy

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO over cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The suit filed in a California federal court contends that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 "target devices" with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app

Parts of Wikipedia offline after 'malicious' attack

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Wikimedia says the breach threatened 'everyone's fundamental rights to freely access and share information'

North Korea stole $2 billion for weapons from cyber attacks – UN report

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:34 AM

The United Nations says it is investigating at least 35 reported instances of Pyongyang 'attacking financial institutions, cryptocurrency exchanges and mining activity designed to earn foreign currency'

U.S. launched cyber attacks on Iran after drone shootdown – reports

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, reports the Washington Post

UNREST. Cars drive past mural painting along the wall of a building in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 22, 2019. Fear of a potential war and frustration over biting sanctions are high in Iran's capital, after a last-minute decision by the US to pull back from attacking the Islamic Republic. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Ecuador says it's been hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Hardest-hit are the foreign ministry, the central bank, the president's office, the internal revenue service, and several ministries and universities

Expect more targeted ransomware attacks in 2019 – SophosLabs

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The report by SophosLabs researchers details changes to the threat landscape over the past year, and outlines 3 major trends and threats we may have to face in 2019

Cathay Pacific says 'most intense' period of data breach lasted months

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Cathay Pacific says it was subjected to continuous breaches that were at their "most intense" from March to May but continued after

West accuses Russia of global hacking conspiracy

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

A coalition of Western nations that have been targeted by alleged Russian cyber operatives has denounced the country's online espionage activities

INDICTMENT. Assistant U.S. Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers (L) announces the indictment of 7 Russian GRU intelligence officers for their alleged roles in hacking and related influence and disinformation operations targeting international anti-doping agencies, sporting federations and anti-doping officials. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

US indicts 7 Russian military intel agents in global hacking conspiracy

Oct 05, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The defendants are Aleksei Morenets, 41, Evgenii Serebriakov, 37, Ivan Yermakov, 32, Artem Malyshev, 30, Dmitriy Badin, 27, Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46

RUSSIAN HACKING. Mike Murray, head of intelligence for the security firm Lookout, tells a briefing at the US Capitol on October 4, 2018 that hackers seeking to disrupt the US elections may install malware on mobile phones of candidates, journalists, donors and activists. Photo by Rob Lever/AFP

France says Russian global hacking claims 'worrying'

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Australia, Britain, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States are now in a coordinated pushback against a series of hacking attempts said to be of Russian origin

UK accuses Russian spies of global cyber attacks campaign

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Britain's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) identifies operatives from Russia's GRU arm as being behind various high-profile computer attacks, according to the Foreign Office

U.S. takes off the gloves in global cyber wars – top officials

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

US efforts will include 'network hardening' and improved cyber security, the Pentagon said

CYBERWAR. The US vows to increase measures against cyber threats, identifying countries such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as primary culprits. Trump photo by Mary Schwalm/AFP.

Singapore says hackers stole 1.5 million health records in cyberattack

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Singapore's health and information ministries say a government database was broken into in a 'deliberate, targeted and well-planned' strike, describing the attack as 'unprecedented'

Accused Yahoo hacker gets 5 years in prison, fine

May 30, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'Hackers such as [Karim] Baratov ply their trade without regard for the criminal objectives of the people who hire and pay them,' says US prosecutor Alex Tse

Latest Alphabet 'moonshot' aims to thwart cyber attacks

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Google parent company Alphabet unveils Chronicle, a new unit dedicated to 'helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm'

COL Financial reports possible system security breach

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The online stock brokerage, however, stresses that clients’ accounts, including their stock positions and transactions, are unaffected

Europol warns banks ATM cyber attacks on the rise

Sep 29, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Criminals have realized that ATMs can be accessed through the bank's network, says the European police agency

PNA hit by cyber attack on day of viral blunders – Andanar

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:46 AM

The PCOO Secretary says an IP address was supposedly trying to access the PNA s old server and dashboard

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

Briton extradited from Germany for allegedly hacking two UK banks

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Daniel Kaye 29 allegedly orchestrates so called distributed denial of service DDoS attacks against the banks

Briton faces court over Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The unnamed 29 year old describes as the worst mistake of my life the attack that knocked more than a million German households offline in November and added his motivation was money

Most Maersk operations running after cyberattack

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Maersk: We continue to assess the situation Until this analysis is complete we cannot be specific about how many sites and locations are affected or when normal business operations are restored

SHIPPING GIANT. This file photograph taken on August 30, 2010, shows containers from the Danish sea transport company Maersk stacked at the North port terminal in Bremerhaven, northern Germany. Patrik Stollarz/File/AFP

China issues warning for new ransomware virus 'UIWIX'

May 18, 2017 - 3:25 PM

A University of South Wales cybersecurity researcher says that China is particularly vulnerable because majority of the country s computer users rely on pirated software

What we've learned from the WannaCry ransomware attacks

May 16, 2017 - 12:30 AM

An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen says Microsoft s Brad Smith

BOUND. The WannaCry ransomware attack locked out 200,000 computers, with perpetrators asking for US$300 as a ransom fee. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

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Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

May 14, 2017 - 11:25 AM

How does ransomware work and how can people protect their computers from it?

Researcher finds 'kill switch' for cyberattack ransomware

May 13, 2017 - 6:21 PM

The researcher warns that people need to update their systems ASAP to avoid attack

ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERY. Twitter user @MalwareTechBlog tweets about the "kill switch" for the cyber attack. Screengrab from @MalwareTechBlog

G7 finance chiefs talk cyber security in wake of attacks

May 13, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The malicious software freezes files on computers demanding a ransom to grant access to them

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack

May 13, 2017 - 7:14 AM

4th UPDATE French police say there were more than 75 000 victims around the globe but caution that this number could increase significantly

CYBER ATTACK. A woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London on May 12, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Many PH firms unprepared for cyber attacks – SGV

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Sixty percent of firms surveyed in the Philippines do not have a security operation center and lack threat intelligence programs

Gulf cyber attacks on rise, conference told

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:03 PM

All Gulf Cooperation Council countries are at risk Saleh Almotairi director general of the Saudi National Cyber Security Center tells the conference

BEWARE OF CYBERATTACKS. Director General of National Cyber Security Center in the Saudi Interior Ministry Saleh Ibrahim Almotairi attends the second International Cyber Security Conference, in Riyadh on February 27, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/ AFP

Briton arrested over Deutsche Telekom hacking

Feb 23, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The 29 year old who was subject to a European arrest warrant is detained on Wednesday February 22 by officers from Britain s National Crime Agency NCA German federal police and prosecutors say in a statement

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM CYBERATTACK. Visitors walks around the logo of German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom at the CeBIT, world's biggest IT fair, on March 2, 2011 in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Johannes Eisele / AFP

Norway accuses Russia of cyberattack

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Known as APT 29 the group singled out by Oslo has already been accused of hacking interference in the US election last year

EU security chief issues wake-up call over cyber threats

Jan 24, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Cybercrime cost the European economy nearly 60 billion euros 64 billion in 2016 and the bill will continue to rise says EU security commissioner Julian King

NATO sees sharp rise in state-backed cyber attacks – Stoltenberg

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Most of these attacks did not stem from private individuals but were sponsored by national institutions of other countries NATO s Jens Stoltenberg adds

CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to the media upon his arrival to attend a European Union summit at the European Council building in Brussels on December 15, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier/ AFP

Korea beberkan kelemahan pertahanan digital Indonesia

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Sistem digital Indonesia masih belum terintegrasi

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Filipino journalist's Facebook account hacked

Dec 08, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Manny Mogato s profile and cover photos are changed into pro Duterte graphics

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1.3 million Google accounts hacked – report

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:53 PM

The hacks come as a result of users downloading illegitimate apps

GOOLIGAN. Around 13,000 new devices are still being compromised on a daily basis, says reports

Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:37 PM

The warning comes as almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Sunday November 27 with Germany s online security chief describing it as a hacking attack

Evening sun shines on the skyline of Berlin on July 11, 2013. Matthias Balk/DPA/AFP

Hackers attack San Francisco transit agency, hold data hostage

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Aside from reportedly holding 2 112 of the transit agency s machines hostage the hacker is now threatening to release sensitive data unless its ransom is paid

Cyber attack likely mitigated, US Homeland Security says

Oct 25, 2016 - 11:09 AM

The malware may have passed through Internet of Things devices such as surveillance cameras and entertainment systems connected to the internet

Moscow says US hacking claims 'flattering', but false

Oct 12, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Russia is accused of favoring Trump – who has praised Putin and pledged better ties with Mocow – over the more hawkish Clinton

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

North Korean hackers steal defense files from South

Jun 13, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Seoul police say the hackers were also able to plant malicious code into the computers in an attempt to use them as zombie machines

Morgan Stanley penalized $1M over data theft

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The US Securities and Exchange Commission says the bank failed to adequately protect customer information

epa04637624 (FILE) A file photo dated 20 January 2011 shows a sign at the Morgan Stanley office in New York, New York, USA. The financial company Morgan Stanley on 25 February 2015 agreed to pay 2.6 US billion dollar to settle an investigation into its role in the 2008 financial crisis, becoming the latest firm to reach such a deal with the government. Over the past two years, Bank of America has agreed to a record settlement of 16.65 billion US dollar; Citigroup has made a seven-billion US dollar settlement; and JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay 13 billion US dollar. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest accounts temporarily hacked

Jun 06, 2016 - 11:55 AM

OurMine Team claims it got the passwords for Zuckerberg s accounts from a recent LinkedIn password dump

ZUCKERBERG HACK. Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts, despite not seeing any new posts, are temporarily stolen by hackers.

LinkedIn warns of data leak from 2012 hack

May 19, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Around 100 million users are being urged to reset their passwords immediately

Gil Buenaventura is new RCBC president and CEO

May 16, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The 63 year old Development Bank of the Philippines chief will replace Lorenzo Tan as RCBC president and CEO starting July 1

NEW HEAD. Buenaventura, a seasoned banker, would become president and chief executive officer of RCBC starting July 1. Photo from DBP website

SWIFT reports new 'sophisticated' bank hacker attack

May 14, 2016 - 12:15 PM

SWIFT says the latest attack is clearly part of a wide ranging campaign targeting banks

epa00754280 An image showing the SWIFT logo at their headquarters in Brussels, Monday 26 June 2006. Belgium has launched an inquiry into a US spy programme to monitor international banking transactions through Belgium-based intermediary SWIFT. Belgian financial cooperative Swift on Friday, 23 June 2006 confirmed that it had followed a request by the United StatesÔ government to transfer data to the US Department of the Treasury. The statement followed US media reports Friday which said that the US government gained access to worldwide banking records under a secret programme to examine the transfers of alleged al-Qaeda suspects following the September 11 attacks. EPA/JACQUES COLLET

Qatar National Bank says systems 'secure' after hack attack

May 01, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The bank also assures its customers that their accounts are safe

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