cybercrime - updates

Rappler's latest stories on cybercrime

ARTICLE FINDER

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

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: The problems with the Cybercrime Law

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:35 AM

Did you know that during the 2013 Supreme Court oral arguments on the Cybercrime Prevention Act, then Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza categorically said that cyber libel has a prescription period of only one year?

New Zealand freezes assets of alleged Russian cyber criminal

Jun 22, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Police say they acted after discovering funds belonging to Alexander Vinnik, who is in custody in France facing fraud charges, were being held in a New Zealand company

ALEXANDER VINNIK. Alexander Vinnik (C), who headed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for cyber currency, is escorted by police on December 13, 2017. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Rappler+ Webinar: Facing the cyber libel verdict

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Happening Monday, June 22, 2 pm

DOJ cybercrime office to probe dummy Facebook accounts

Jun 07, 2020 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) Computer-related identity theft is a crime, and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he's worried over the surge in fake Facebook accounts

The coronavirus pandemic moved life online – a surge in website defacing followed

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:17 AM

A consequence of people staying home and online is an increase in targets for cybercriminals, especially by those seeking to deface websites

DEFACEMENT. Website defacing can shut down businesses that have moved online during the coronavirus pandemic. Image by Siriporn Kaenseeya/EyeEm via Getty Images for The Conversation

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

EasyJet reveals cyber attack on 9 million clients

May 19, 2020 - 8:10 PM

EasyJet adds the credit card details of 2,208 customers were also accessed. It did not say when the attack took place.

EASYJET CYBER ATTACK. Grounded EasyJet aircraft are pictured on the apron at London Luton Airport, north of London, on April 16, 2020. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Cebu film writer arrested over Facebook post about coronavirus in Sitio Zapatera

Apr 19, 2020 - 3:57 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Maria Victoria Beltran describes Cebu City as being the 'epicenter' of COVID-19 'in the whole Solar System.' The writer and business owner was arrested without a warrant

ARRESTED. Writer Maria Victoria Beltran is arrested by Central Visayas police after making a sarcastic Facebook post. Background photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler and screengrab from Maria Victoria Beltran's Facebook page

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

China denies U.S. allegations over military 'hackers'

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Beijing firmly rejects the claims, saying it is a 'staunch defender of cybersecurity'

GENG SHUANG. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang listens to a question during a briefing in Beijing on November 28, 2019. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Brazil prosecutors charge U.S. journalist Greenwald with cybercrimes

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Greenwald takes to Twitter to denounce the charges as 'an attack on press freedom'

CHARGED. US journalist Glenn Greenwald, founder and editor of The Intercept website, gestures during a hearing at the Lower House's Human Rights Commission in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP)

Cebu cops nab criminology student for threatening to post girl's nude pics

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The suspect sends messages to his older brother's ex-girlfriend, saying he would post her naked photos online if she refuses to have sex with him

Ransomware attacks 'getting bolder' – Europol

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Police and the private sector 'confirm a diminishing number of ransomware attacks targeting individual citizens' but adds they are 'becoming more bold' as they look for profitable targets

French cyberpolice break up massive 'botnet' ring

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The Retadup malware is also suspected of being used in several ransomware attacks and data thefts

Senate approves bill punishing bank hackers, ATM skimmers with life imprisonment

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Under this bill, the mere possession of skimming devices and attempts to access online banking accounts will be potentially punishable with imprisonment


Huawei biggest sponsor in PNP's anti-cybercrime summit

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group says it does not have any equipment from Huawei but benefits from the tech giant's 'expertise' and 'technical assistance'

Rappler case: PH Bar Association concerned law being used to silence gov’t critics

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'Law students and legal professionals alike look forward to how the courts will resolve threshold issues such as the purported retroactive application of the Cybercrime Prevention Act,' says the Philippine Bar Association

COURT APPEARANCE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (with counsel Ted Te) files a motion to quash the cyber libel case filed by the justice department on behalf of businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Maria Ressa arrest tests the bounds of Philippine cyber libel law

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:45 AM

‘This is a legal point that perhaps I think is something that we can bring up all the way to the Supreme Court,’ says leading cyber lawyer and Rappler counsel JJ DIsini

DETAINED. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is detained overnight at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is dating app Tinder blocked in the Philippines?

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Tinder appears to be blocked on both PLDT Home and Smart, prompting users to question why

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

NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining – report

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Cyber Threat Alliance reports a 459% increase in the past year of illicit crypto mining – a technique used by hackers to steal the processing power of computers to create cryptocurrency

Saudi Arabia declares online satire a punishable offense

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Those who make and distribute online satire which 'disrupts public order' will be liable for a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of $800,000

Pay up or else: Spain warns of online 'sextortion'

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Demands are typically for between $400 and $2,900, and the cyber criminals threaten to send supposed personal intimate pictures or videos to the person's 'loved ones' unless they pay up

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:30 AM

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

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'

Russian intelligence agents allegedly used Bitcoin in U.S. election hack

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'The use of bitcoin allowed the conspirators to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds,' the indictment reads


Adulting 101: What you need to know about credit card fraud

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:21 PM

In 2020, losses from card fraud are expected to reach $31 billion worldwide – a sharp rise from 2010 figures of $8 billion

CREDIT CARDS. The growth of online shopping has put credit card users at risk. File photo


European Union states to form 'rapid response' cyber force – Lithuania

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis says his counterparts from Croatia, Estonia, the Netherlands and Romania will join him on Monday to sign the agreement in Luxembourg. Finland, France, Poland, and Spain will join later this year.

Cybersecurity roundup: May 13 to 19, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's cybersecurity roundup features cellphone tracking hacks and bugs, as well as another Facebook data leak due to an entirely different quiz app

Cybersecurity roundup: May 6 to 12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 1:41 PM

From Facebook-spread malware to Russia's attempts to divide US society, it's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

Equifax breach exposed data of millions

May 09, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The consumer credit reporting agency breaks down just how much data and what types of data were stolen

Cybersecurity roundup: April 29 to May 5, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

On this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, we've got Facebook stalkers, Cambridge Analytica news, and pacemaker security.

Cybersecurity roundup: April 22 to 28, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Check out this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, which features Amazon Alexa hacks and crackdowns against a major distributed denial of service provider.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

THE LAST DANCE. A fire dancer performs in front of tourists on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 25, 2018, the eve of its 6-month closure. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

$35-M penalty for not telling investors of massive Yahoo hack

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Yahoo remained mum about the hack until more than 2 years later when it was being acquired by US telecom giant Verizon, US regulators say

NPC summons officials of schools, gov't agencies hit by security breach

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The National Privacy Commission wants them to explain why their Personal Information Controllers did not inform the commission nor the people affected by the data breach within 72 hours of the incident

Cybersecurity roundup: April 15 to 21, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

This week's roundup features more Facebook data privacy news, updates on Cambridge Analytica's actions, and a mystery hacker getting unmasked.

Cybersecurity roundup: April 8 to April 14, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Aside from Facebook's struggles, Russia is on its way to blocking messaging app Telegram, while hackers are masking their malware as fake updates for legitimate programs. It's this week's Cybersecurity Roundup!

Cybersecurity roundup: April 1 to April 7, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Facebook takes on plenty of heat for its handling of a data scandal, while Delta Airlines and Sears suffer security breaches due to a malware attack on a third-party service both companies use. It's your cybersecurity roundup for the week!

Pinoy Lulzsec attacks local, foreign government sites

Apr 03, 2018 - 3:33 PM

A number of local government websites and site pages from foreign governments are affected

Data breach affected 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts – Under Armour

Mar 30, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Under Armour says it found out about the data breach on March 25. The breach however, happened back in February.

Cybersecurity roundup: March 18 to 24, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Facebook's in the middle of a scandal surrounding user data, while a slip-up by Democratic National Committee hacker Guccifer appears to show he's actually a Russian agent. Here's this week's Cybersecurity Roundup!

Cybersecurity roundup: March 11 to 17, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Cybercriminals are adapting their moneymaking practices to new technologies, and Intel is adding hardware protections to its processors to add walls against the Spectre and Meltdown issues. It's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

Cybercriminals pivot to cryptomining, fileless malware – McAfee

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Increasing cybersecurity threats linked to cybercriminals' ability to use open-source tools and shared, accumulated information within their community

Cybersecurity roundup: March 4 to 10, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

From massive DDoS attacks to daring heists, here's the cybersecurity news roundup for the week!

Rappler's cyber libel case will make Cybercrime Law unconstitutional – lawyer

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) The crime of online libel didn't exist at the time the Rappler story was published. 'If respondents are charged by the government, it would make the cybercrime act an ex post facto law' which is prohibited under the Constitution, says top cybercrime lawyer JJ Disini.

Maria inside the NBI Cybercrime office on January 22, 2018. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Rappler to NBI: Why revive case you already dismissed?

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation in February junked a libel complaint filed against Rappler, finding it to be 'without basis. In a bizarre twist, the agency revives the case.

NBI dismisses, then recommends cyber libel case vs Rappler

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The NBI backtracks on its earlier finding that businessman Wilfredo Keng's complaint over a story published 5 years ago has 'no basis'

CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Maria Ressa (C), arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila on January 22, 2018. The head of a news website threatened with closure by the government appeared before state investigators on January 22 over a defamation complaint which she decried as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's concerted attack on press freedom. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS