Aug 23, 2014

U.S. undercover investigators are among 25,000 exposed in data breach

A cyberattack on a firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees has compromised data on at least 25,000 workers, including some undercover investigators, and that number could rise, officials said on Friday. The breach at U.S. Investigations Services (USIS), based in Falls ...

Aug 8, 2014

Spy agencies hit in new cyber-espionage campaign: Kaspersky Lab

Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab said they have uncovered a cyber-espionage operation that successfully penetrated two spy agencies and hundreds of government and military targets in Europe and the Middle East since the beginning of this year. The hackers, according to Kaspersky, were likely ...

Aug 6, 2014

Russian hackers steal 1.2 billion user names, passwords: report

Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday. The thievery was described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee ...

Canada says Chinese hackers infiltrated government computers

Jul 30, 2014

Canada says Chinese hackers infiltrated government computers

Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Canada’s top research and development organization, the Canadian government said Tuesday. Canada’s Treasury Board said a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” hacked into the National Research Council, which partners its scientists, engineers and business experts with private ...

U.S., China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Jul 11, 2014

U.S., China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the ...

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 ...