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Cryptocurrency mining hijackings up 8,500% – Symantec

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Stealth cryptocurrency mining is the latest craze in lucrative cybercrime

Security flaw prompts fears on WiFi connections

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Attackers can exploit the flaw in WPA2 – the name for the encryption protocol – 'to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted,' says a blog post by KU Leuven researcher Mathy Vanhoef

WPA2 WiFi security protocol breached, experts warn

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:43 PM

The WPA2 protocol vulnerabilities allow attackers to eavesdrop on WiFi traffic passing between computers and their access points

U.S. lawmakers roll back internet privacy rules for ISPs

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:34 AM

The move follows a fierce debate over digital privacy protections over the rule that would have required service providers to get permission before selling customer data to third parties

Due to flaw, the CIA can take over 318 Cisco switch models

Mar 21, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Cisco reveals a vulnerability in their network switches that allows attackers to take full control of computers and other networked devices

4 cyber threats you need to be aware of in 2017

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Contribute to a safer digital ecosystem by staying informed of how malicious online entities act

Singapore defense ministry reports cyber breach

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Hackers are able to steal the identity card details telephone numbers and dates of birth of around 850 employees and people on military service

Internet-connected teddy bears leak over 2M voice messages

Feb 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Data on 821 396 registered users 371 970 friend records and 2 182 337 voice messages are also leaked

4 essential safe web browsing tips from Google's 'security princess'

Feb 14, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Parisa Tabriz engineers Google Chrome s security and safety features Here she shares how Google keeps users safe – and how users can tweak their behavior to keep their information safe

SECURITY PRINCESS. Parisa Tabriz handles the security and safety of Google's ubiquitous web browser, Chrome. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Many fitness trackers leak personal data – study

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The highest risk comes from devices made by Runtastic Striiv and Xiaomi with 7 to 8 potential vulnerabilities out of 10

FITNESS TRACKER SECURITY. A Striiv Fusion Lite. Screen shot from Striiv website

Personal data of 112,000 French police officers leaked online

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:48 PM

It is reported that a disgruntled worker for the Mutuelle Generale de la Police which provides the police with extra health and other insurance benefits uploaded the information

FUNERAL CONVOY. Gendarmes salute the funeral convoy as it arrives at a memorial ceremony for French policeman Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his partner Jessica Schneider in the city of Pezenas, France, 20 June 2016. Photo by Guillaume Horcajeulo/EPA

Hackers temporarily access Google CEO’s Quora account

Jun 27, 2016 - 3:03 PM

OurMine Team gains access to Sundar Pichai s Quora account and publicizes the hack coincidentally via Twitter due to linked access

GOOGLE'S CEO. Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at a Vietnamese startup community in Hanoi, Vietnam, December 22, 2015. Photo by Minh Hoang/EPA

Millions of Twitter account passwords leaked

Jun 10, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Michael Coates Twitter s Trust and Information Security Officer says the company is confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter s servers

Singapore PM defends government Internet blockage

Jun 10, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the defense and foreign affairs ministries already have separate computers for Internet access and for handling sensitive communications

INTERNET BLOCKAGE. In this file photo, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends a plenary session of the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi, Russia, May 20, 2016. File photo by EPA

Canadian university pays ransom to cyberattackers

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Police are investigating the malicious malware attack the latest in a string of hacks targeting Canadian and US institutions including schools hospitals law enforcement agencies and even NASA

PAYING CYBER RANSOM. Image from the University of Calgary Facebook page.

Singapore blocking Internet access on government computers

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Industry sources say the measure aims to prevent cyber attacks as well as the spread of malware that might enter the government email network through Internet enabled work stations

BLOCKED. Singapore Parliament House sign photo by AngMoKio from Wikimedia Commons

FBI interviews Clinton aides as email probe advances – report

May 06, 2016 - 8:34 AM

The interviews mark a step forward in the Federal Bureau of Investigation s probe which the officials described as nearing its end

In this file photo, then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) confers with her Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin before a Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, September 23, 2010. Peter Foley/EPA

Comelec data leak puts Filipino voters 'at risk' – Trend Micro

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Supporting Rappler s initial findings the international Internet security company’s own probe reveals that a huge amount of sensitive personal information was in the files leaked by the Comelec website hackers

'Anonymous' cyber attack hits Angola govt after activists jailed

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:29 PM

In a statement on its Facebook page late on Tuesday March 29 the Anonymous Portugal group lists the government websites it said it attacked None of the websites are accessible on Wednesday

Data breach reveals expat details in Thailand

Mar 28, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Social media users see the gaffe late Sunday after a database appeares online containing the names addresses professions and passport numbers of more than 2 000 foreigners living in Thailand s southern provinces

Comelec data leaked by hackers

Mar 28, 2016 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED Second hacking: A group calling itself LulzSec Pilipinas posts the Commission on Elections database shortly after Anonymous PH defaces the poll body s website

Epidemic of 'ransomware' is growing hacking threat

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The report does not estimate the overall value of ransomware but it finds some 6 million attempts to install such malware which encrypts the contents of a computer and locks the data down unless the user pays a ransom for the decryption key

Immunity granted to Clinton staffer who set up server – report

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:58 PM

The US Department of Justice granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano who set up the server in 2009 and is now cooperating with the FBI the Washington Post reports

In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets voters after a campaign event at Keokuk Middle School in Keokuk , Iowa, USA, January 28, 2016. John Taggart/EPA

State Department releases last batch of Clinton emails

Mar 01, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Federal investigators are still probing whether her home brew set up posed a risk to national security

CLINTON TALKS. Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) testifies behind a US Secret Service agent (R) at the House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, October 22, 2015. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Angolan president wants stricter social media laws

Dec 19, 2015 - 4:17 AM

President Eduardo Dos Santos says Social networks should not be used to violate other people s rights humiliate slander or convey degrading or morally offensive content

STRICTER SOCIAL MEDIA. Angolan Jose Eduardo Dos Santos wants to crack down on social media in Angola. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Google Safe Browsing heads to Chrome for Android

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:15 AM

Android users with Chrome version 46 and above should have Safe Browsing enabled by default

Anonymous leaks personal data hacked from UN climate site

Dec 04, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Anonymous breached the website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and leaked the personal information of 1 415 officials

China blamed as Australia's weather bureau hacked – report

Dec 02, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Hackers hit computers at the Bureau of Meteorology which has links to the defense department

VTech hacked: Info on 4.8M parents, 200K kids at risk

Nov 30, 2015 - 3:24 PM

The cyber attack on VTech is said to be the 4th largest consumer data breach to date

Malware on CCTV cameras poses potential security risk

Oct 26, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Security firm Incapsula in trying to solve a DDoS attack case finds malware on closed circuit television cameras to be part of the problem

Facebook to warn targets of state-sponsored attacks

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:07 AM

Facebook s extra warning is in place because of the nature of state sponsored attacks which Stamos writes tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others

US smashes $10M data-stealing 'Bugat' botnet

Oct 15, 2015 - 8:43 AM

A 30 year old Moldovan Andrey Ghinkul arrested on August 28 in Cyprus is charged Tuesday with crimes related to the operation of the botnet and Washington is seeking his extradition

US journalist found guilty in hacking trial

Oct 08, 2015 - 12:01 PM

Matthew Keys is found guilty on computer fraud charges that carry a combined maximum punishment of 25 years in prison and 750 000 in fines according to US media reports

SACRAMENTO - APRIL 23: Former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys (R) arrives at the federal courthouse April 23, 2013 in Sacramento, California. Keys was in court to face charges he conspired with the hacking group Anonymous. Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images/AFP

Thai gov't websites crash in 'symbolic act' by censorship critics – officials

Oct 01, 2015 - 4:43 PM

A minister stopped short of describing the incident as a cyber attack but said that it was triggered by those opposed to the proposal

Ashley Madison says full credit card numbers not taken in hack

Aug 20, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The following information on nearly 40 million users have been compromised: account details such as names addresses phone numbers and login information

Hackers release stolen data from adultery site Ashley Madison

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:19 AM

The company behind the website calls the breach and release of data an act of criminality

DATA RELEASED. Image from Ashley Madison website

Apple's Macs no longer attack-immune

Aug 04, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Two researchers design a proof of concept worm that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from one Mac to another

MACBOOKS. Journalists test the new Apple MacBook in the Apple Store in Berlin, Germany, March 9, 2015. File photo by Kay Nietfeld

Cheaters at risk after hack at dating site Ashley Madison

Jul 21, 2015 - 12:45 PM

The latest high profile cyberattack hits the Canadian company known for making a business from adultery seekers with the hackers threatening to leak private data

HACKED. Screen shot from Ashley Madison website

Security firm intern accused of creating Dendroid malware

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:55 PM

The Dendroid malware can be used to remotely take pictures using the phone camera record audio and video listen in on calls and texts and steal data

DARKODE SEIZURE. Screen shot of the seizure notice on the Darkode website.

Hacker hunt deepens amidst US-China cyberwar

Jun 25, 2015 - 2:36 PM

A team from cybersecurity firm RSA led by Jared Myers is fighting back against attacks from the group known as Deep Panda or Shell Crew reportedly responsible for the cyberattack on the US Office of Personnel Management

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) building in Washington, DC, USA, June 13, 2015. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Cyberoam launches free network security course for PH students

Jun 24, 2015 - 6:20 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Cyberoam is eyeing an alliance with universities and colleges for Cyberoam Academy in the Philippines

Change your master passwords: LastPass hacked

Jun 16, 2015 - 4:42 AM

While there is no evidence of encrypted user vault data being taken LastPass account email addresses password reminders server per user salts and authentication hashes are compromised

LASTPASS. Screen shot from LastPass Website

Gov't respects free speech, but not through hacking

Jun 13, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Malacañang says there are legal feedback mechanisms that citizens can use to channel their concerns to the government

DEFACED. A screenshot of the NHCP website as of 9:45 am on June 12.

Philippine historical commission website defaced by hackers

Jun 12, 2015 - 10:01 AM

On Philippine Independence Day hackers ask President Benigno Aquino III to apprise them on what he has done in the last 5 years to improve the economy and the fight against corruption and ensuring justice for all

DEFACED. A screenshot of the NHCP website as of 9:45 am.

Google launches hub for managing account settings

Jun 02, 2015 - 5:10 PM

The new My Account page offers more context when it comes to deciding your privacy settings on Google services


Penn State severs engineering network to fight Chinese hackers

May 16, 2015 - 6:56 PM

The security breach implies foreign spies could be using universities as a means of gaining access to commercial and defense secrets

New Google security chief looks for balance with privacy

Apr 18, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Eschelbeck speaks of using Google s massive scope to protect users from cyber villains such as spammers and state sponsored spies


Public trust in the Web 'eroded' says global cyber commission

Apr 16, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Distrust is brought about by the non transparent market in collecting centralizing integrating and analyzing enormous quantities of private information about individuals and enterprises

Chinese people use computers in an internet bar in Beijing, China, December 28, 2012. How Hwee Young/EPA

Stolen Uber accounts selling on dark web for $1

Mar 30, 2015 - 4:39 PM

Two users mentioned in the report are selling Uber user accounts for 1 and 5 each