Jul 1, 2014

Microsoft targets cybercrime rings with roots in Kuwait, Algeria

Microsoft Corp. launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cybercrime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs. The operation, which began Monday under an order issued by a federal court ...

Jun 25, 2014

Police use cybercriminals' methods to hack targets

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker’s handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday. Drawing on a cache of leaked documents ...

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Jun 25, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment. A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks ...

Jun 10, 2014

Private U.S. report accuses another Chinese military unit of hacking

A private U.S. cybersecurity company on Monday accused a unit of China’s military of conducting far-reaching hacking operations to advance the country’s satellite and aerospace programs. Security company CrowdStrike said Shanghai-based unit 61486 of the People’s Liberation Army 12th bureau has attacked networks of ...

Russian charged after U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring

Jun 3, 2014

Russian charged after U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring

A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said Monday. Authorities in nearly a dozen countries worked with private ...

eBay criticized for weak response to huge data loss

May 23, 2014

eBay criticized for weak response to huge data loss

EBay Inc. came under pressure Thursday over a massive hacking of customer names, addresses and passwords as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company’s security practices. Connecticut, Florida and Illinois said they are jointly investigating the matter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ...

Hacking case shows China snubbing U.S. 'rules'

| May 21, 2014

Hacking case shows China snubbing U.S. 'rules'

In choosing to escalate a cyberespionage dispute with China, the United States has laid bare its frustrations after years of hoping the Asian power would accept a U.S.-led international order. President Barack Obama and his predecessors have long recited a mantra that the United ...