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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

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

Moscow says no proof Russian hackers spied on Merkel

May 15, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Five years have passed. Not a single concrete fact has been provided,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

NO PROOF. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

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

U.S. indicts 4 Chinese military 'hackers' for Equifax breach

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) The hackers stole 'the sensitive personal information of nearly half of all American citizens,' says Attorney General Bill Barr

Sundance 2020: Facebook, tech platforms incentivize polarization

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:01 AM

'We are your dystopian future. If we don’t fix this information ecosystem, if information warfare continues, we are being manipulated,' says Maria Ressa

PCOO Instagram account hacked

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Hackers vandalize the PCOO page, and replace posts with content in Arabic

Screenshots from PTV Facebook page and PCOO Instagram page

'Iranian hackers' claim breach of U.S. gov't website

Jan 05, 2020 - 2:48 PM

The Federal Depository Library Program's website is replaced with a page titled "Iranian Hackers!" that displayed images of Iran's supreme leader and the Iranian flag

HACKED. This screenshot taken on January 4, 2019, shows the US Federal Depository Library Program website after a group claiming to be hackers from Iran breached the website on January 4, 2019, and posted messages vowing revenge for Washington's killing of top military commander Qasem Soleimani. Screenshot of fdlp.gov by AFP

Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267 million users

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Revelation of the exposed data comes as the social network strives to rebuild trust and alleviate concerns over protection of people's information

DATA EXPOSED. A database of 267 million users' usernames, IDs, and phone numbers were made available for download on an online forum. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Cleaning hacks to make your life easier

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Make sure you’re cleaning efficiently!

Moscow-linked hackers hit anti-doping agencies – Microsoft

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The attacks began on September 16 and took aim at least 16 international sporting and anti-doping agencies on 3 continents, Microsoft's customer security vice president Tom Burt explains

PhilRice says Facebook page hacked

Oct 06, 2019 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Viral videos unrelated to the Philippine Rice Research Institute's mandate are being posted on the hacked Facebook page

HACKED. The Philippine Rice Research Institute says its Facebook page has been hacked. Screenshot of Facebook page as of Sunday afternoon, October 6

Higher penalties now await bank account hackers, credit card skimmers

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Hacking a banking system can now land you in jail for life due to a new law imposing stiffer penalties for access device fraud

ATM FEES. The central bank now makes it possible for banks to adjust ATM fees, subject to their approval. Photo from Shutterstock

Activist Samira Gutoc's Twitter account hacked

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Gutoc says her account was last accessed in Pasay City

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

Third suspect faces charges over Bulgaria taxpayer data hack

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

A 20-year-old cyber-crime specialist, his senior manager, and the owner of the company they work for face cyberterrorism charges from the attack. Thousands of tax agency files are leaked to the press in mid-July due to it.

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

Over 275 million personal records in India held for ransom

May 10, 2019 - 6:05 PM

A hacking group known as Unistellar wipes the content from the unsecured database and leaves a message where discussions could be held to get the data back

Cartoon Network websites hacked, meme videos replace toons – report

May 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Two hackers claim responsibility for the hack of at least 16 regional Cartoon Network websites

Ransomware 'hero' pleads guilty to U.S. hacking charges

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:41 AM

'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,' the 24-year-old Marcus Hutchins, known by his alias MalwareTech,' writes, noting that the charges related to his activity prior to his work in security

'I REGRET THESE ACTIONS.' In this file photo taken on August 14, 2017, Marcus Hutchins (R), the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords, arrives with his lawyers at US Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP

Investigator says Amazon chief's phone hacked by Saudis

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The investigator links the hack to the Bezos-owned Washington Post's extensive coverage of the Jamal Khashoggi murder

BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)

ASUS pushed malware on thousands of computers – Kaspersky

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:37 PM

(UPDATED) 1 million people are potentially affected, says Kaspersky, but ASUS refutes the findings, saying that it only affected "a small number of devices"

Can you life-hack your way to love?

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A new approach to dating takes advantage of the power of data

CONCEALED? True love could be hiding inside mounds of data. xtock/Shutterstock.com

Iranian hackers caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Microsoft researchers say the attackers stole secrets and wiped data from networks after targeting thousands of people at some 200 companies over the past two years

Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Australian security agencies say they do not yet know who was behind the attack or their motives

HACKING PROBLEM. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Hacker uses Nest camera to broadcast hoax nuke alert

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:14 PM

A couple in California was shocked when a Nest security camera atop their family's television issued a realistic-sounding warning of missiles heading to the United States from North Korea

20-year-old German confesses to massive data hack spurred by 'annoyance'

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'The accused said he published the data because he had been annoyed by certain statements made by those affected,' a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecution service's internet crime office ZIT, tells a press conference

DATA HACK. Picture taken on January 4, 2019 shows the website of the German Bundestag with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel displayed on the screen of a laptop. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Marriott says hack was smaller but hit 5.25 million passports

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Marriott says about 5.25 million passport numbers were taken in the incident. An additional 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers were also taken but there is no evidence hackers were able to decipher that data.

Scientists boost plant yield by 40% through 'genetic hack'

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The wider goal isn't to produce more tobacco but to apply the technique to wheat or soy beans, in order to meet mankind's growing appetite

North Korea defectors' details leaked in hacking

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The recent data breach is the first large scale hacking of North Korean defectors' personal information, affecting nearly a thousand

HACKED. About a thousand North Korean defectors are in danger of potential threats from the North after the recent hacking. File photo from Shutterstock

China accuses U.S. of 'fabricating facts' with hacking charges

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:43 AM

China's foreign ministry urges US to 'stop smearing the Chinese side on cyber security issues,' adding that it had lodged an official protest

Shutterstock photo

U.S. indicts Chinese govt hackers over attacks in 12 countries

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:32 AM

'We want China to cease its illegal cyber activities and honor its commitment to the international community,' says US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein

ROSENSTEIN. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference about Chinese hacking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

EU probes hack of 'thousands' of diplomatic cables

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:52 PM

EU officials say they have begun a probe into the leak, which comes with Europe on high alert in the run-up to key parliamentary elections next year

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Dec 19, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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'Thousands' of EU diplomatic cables hacked – report

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The cables from the EU's diplomatic missions around the world reveal anxiety about how to handle US President Donald Trump as well as concerns about China, Russia and Iran

U.S. believes Chinese intelligence behind Marriott hack

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The hackers, who stole data of around 500 million Marriott customers, are believed to have been working for China's Ministry of State Security

PlayStation Classic successfully 'modified' shortly after release

Dec 11, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Hackers report being able to play PlayStation games off a USB drive

PS CLASSIC. Photo from Sony

Quora hacked: 100 million users affected

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Names, email addresses, and hashed passwords are nabbed from the popular question-and-answer website, the site announces, Tuesday, December 4

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Nov 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

Top Australia defense firm reports serious cyber breach

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Austal is an Australian shipbuilding company that makes small, quick ships for warfare close to shore, and has major US Navy contracts

Questions mount over delay after Cathay Pacific admits huge data leak

Oct 25, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Cathay Pacific is under pressure to explain why it took 5 months to admit it had been hacked

CATHAY PACIFIC. In this file photo taken on March 15, 2017, Cathay Pacific employees work at their counters at the international airport in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Facebook has plans to acquire a cybersecurity company – report

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Following the breach that exposed 29 million users, Facebook attempts to shore up its online defenses

Facebook says hackers accessed data of 29M users

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Facebook says the hackers accessed the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 15 million users. For another 14 million people, the attack was potentially more damaging.

Shutterstock photo

Lack of protection on admin account blamed for ABS-CBN store hack – NPC

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The NPC notes that, 'had ABS-CBN insisted its third-party developer to use multi-factor authentication earlier, the site would not have been compromised'

Hackers exploit voicemail to hijack WhatsApp accounts in Israel

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Attackers exploit a vulnerability in an old technology to take control of Whatsapp accounts

Shutterstock photo

Q&A: RiskIQ's Yonathan Klijnsma on the group that hacked the ABS-CBN store

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:07 AM

In this Q&A, we discuss the learnings of RiskIQ, which has been tracking Magecart operations for the past few years

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