Japanese websites allegedly hacked by Islamic State group

Mar 12, 2015

Japanese websites allegedly hacked by Islamic State group

Several organizations in Japan appear to have had their websites hacked and temporarily defaced by the Islamic State militant group, according to informed sources. At least eight entities in five prefectures have been targeted, the sources said. They include the Nishinomiya Tourism Association in ...

Politics intrude as cybersecurity firms hunt for spies

Mar 12, 2015

Politics intrude as cybersecurity firms hunt for spies

The $71 billion cybersecurity industry is fragmenting along geopolitical lines as firms chase after government contracts, share information with spy agencies, and market themselves as protectors against attacks by other nations. Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has become a leading authority on American computer ...

Mar 11, 2015

Islamic State alternative to Facebook already offline

Facing a ban from mainstream online social networks Facebook and Twitter, supporters of the Islamic State appear to have launched their own “caliphate book.” But 5elafabook.com was offline on Monday just a day after its launch and its Twitter account was suspended, highlighting the ...

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

Mar 11, 2015

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. The lawsuit filed in federal court in ...

Mar 10, 2015

China nabs man who sold photos of aircraft carrier

A Chinese man who sold 500 pictures of the country’s first aircraft carrier has been detained in a spying investigation, local media reported, the latest Web user allegedly exploited by foreign intelligence agencies. The man, surnamed Zhang, began taking pictures of the Liaoning — ...

Mar 7, 2015

U.S. charges three in ring that stole 1 billion email addresses

Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been charged with running a massive cyberfraud ring that stole 1 billion email addresses, then sent spam offering knockoff software products, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The Justice Department described the hacking spree as ...

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

Mar 7, 2015

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyberoperations and incorporating digital innovations, Director John Brennan says. Brennan told reporters he is creating new units within the CIA, ...

Mar 6, 2015

Retailers boosting their ability to take online orders

Major retail groups such as Seven & I Holdings Co. plan to beef up their online operations to meet growing demand. As the nation’s demographics shift and more women enter the workforce, demand for Internet ordering and home delivery is “expanding rapidly,” according to ...

Mar 3, 2015

Iran's Guard monitored 8 million Facebook users: report

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has heavily monitored the Facebook activities of Iranian members of the social network, state news agency IRNA has said. A report published by the government-run news agency on Monday quoted the Guard’s cyber security division as saying it had tracked ...

Stolen SIM card could be powerful spy tool

Feb 28, 2015

Stolen SIM card could be powerful spy tool

by Rob Lever

It would be another powerful tool in the arsenal of U.S. and British spy services: encryption keys for a large share of the SIM cards used for mobile phones. A report by the investigative news website The Intercept, citing leaked documents from former National ...