China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

May 6, 2015

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

Zhang Long made his fortune selling pu’er fermented tea and handcrafted furniture from the mountains of his native Yunnan province in southwest China. Last November, the 49-year old entrepreneur, who has no technology background, strode into a Beijing ballroom to pitch his latest made-in-China ...

'Ransomware' affecting PCs in Japan

May 5, 2015

'Ransomware' affecting PCs in Japan

Following a surge in the United States, contamination of personal computers with “ransomware,” a type of malicious software that prevents users from accessing files and demands payment for restoration, is spreading in Japan. Experts warn PC users that even paying the ransom doesn’t necessary ...

Apr 26, 2015

Russian hackers read Obama emails: report

Emails to and from President Barack Obama were read by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system, The New York Times said Saturday. Earlier this month, U.S. officials admitted there was a cyber “event” late last year ...

Apr 23, 2015

New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department “should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an ...

Apr 18, 2015

Israeli military networks breached by hackers using budget tools

Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc. The 4-month-old effort, most likely by Arabic-speaking programmers, shows how ...

U.S. report warns hackers might tunnel into planes' avionics

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. report warns hackers might tunnel into planes' avionics

Hackers could exploit in-flight entertainment systems to fatally sabotage the cockpit electronics of a new generation of airliners connected to the Internet, a U.S. government report warns. It comes weeks after a co-pilot crashed his Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps, killing all ...

18-hour 'unprecedented' jihadi hack ends; French TV station back live on air

Apr 10, 2015

18-hour 'unprecedented' jihadi hack ends; French TV station back live on air

France’s TV5Monde television channel resumed full operations Thursday, 18 hours after an “unprecedented” hack by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, who shut down transmissions and hijacked its website and social networks. Authorities said the hack was likely a “terrorist act” and urged media companies to ...

Mar 31, 2015

South Korea creates cybersecurity post to counter threat from Pyongyang

Concerned by the growing threat of cyberattacks from North Korea, South Korea’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a new presidential post handling cyber-security. The post will provide a “control tower” for efforts to counter North Korean hackers, presidential spokesman Min Kyung-Wook told ...