Cyber Attacks

  • Hackers claim attacks on World Cuprelated websites June 12, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Hackers claim they have carried out attacks against dozens of Brazilian websites linked to the soccer World Cup, including those of tournament sponsor Hyundai, a state government and Brazil's intelligence agency. "We had a busy last few days and there is more still to come," a hacker who calls...
  • Hackers exploit Apple's 'Find My Phone' feature, lock users out, ask for ransom May 28, 2014

    San Francisco: Multiple users on Apple Inc's online support forum and Twitter have reported an unusual smartphone and tablet hack in which cyber attackers were said to have locked Australian users' smartphones and demanded payment in return for unlocking them. The alleged cyber attackers, first reported by The Sydney Morning Herald,...
  • eBay initially believed user data was safe after cyber attack May 24, 2014

    Boston: eBay Inc initially believed that its customers' data was safe as forensic investigators reviewed a network security breach discovered in early May and made public this week, a senior executive told Reuters on Friday. EBay has come under fire over its handling of the cyberattack, in which hackers accessed personal...
  • Android phones with Adobe Reader app vulnerable to cyber attacks April 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Cyber security agencies have alerted Indian Android phone users against a potential vulnerability in certain versions of their 'Adobe Reader' programme which could compromise their personal data. Categorising the activity of the virus as "high", the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERTIn) said the malfunction affects the Adobe Reader...
  • What is Heartbleed and why is it a big deal? April 10, 2014

    New York: Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week. The damage caused by the "Heartbleed" bug is currently unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's...
  • NATO says its websites hit by cyber attacks March 16, 2014

    Brussels: Several NATO websites have been hit by cyber attacks, but they have had no impact on the military alliance's operations, a NATO spokeswoman said. The attacks, which affected NATO's main website, came amid rising tensions over Russian forces' occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region where a referendum is to be held...
  • India second in the list of countries facing cyber attacks on mobiles March 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India is the second-most cyber attacks on mobile devices prone country with a major chunk of these intrusions designed for phishing and stealing banking details, a report by security software maker Kaspersky said. Russian cyber security solutions firm Kaspersky Lab said Russia topped the list of attacks on...
  • The 'biggest ever' cyber attack uncovered; 360 mn accounts, 1.25 bn email addresses hacked March 2, 2014

    Boston: A cybersecurity firm said that it uncovered stolen credentials from some 360 million accounts that are available for sale on cyber black markets, though it is unsure where they came from or what they can be used to access. The discovery could represent more of a risk to consumers and...
  • Adobe hacked: Consumer data, source code stolen in cyber attack October 4, 2013

    Boston: Adobe Systems said on Thursday it was the victim of sophisticated cyber attacks on its networks by hackers who accessed data belonging to millions of customers along with the source code to some of its popular software titles. Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin said in a statement that the company...
  • Constructive discussion with China on cyber issues: US July 9, 2013

    Washington: The United States and China had constructive discussions on the contentious issue of cyber attacks, a senior US official said at the conclusion of the first working group meeting on it. The meeting, a sub dialogue of the fifth USChina Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which kicks off on July...
  • Israel army unveils new cyber defence unit July 9, 2013

    Jerusalem: The Israeli military has offered a peek into one of its most secretive bases, which houses a newly established unit tasked with defending its own networks against mounting cyberspace attacks. Teams of programmers and computer experts, aged 1822, man the "Cyber War Room," situated at an undisclosed site in central...
  • Edward Snowden rightfully charged in courts, says US July 3, 2013

    Washington: Rejecting allegations of political vendetta, the US has said Edward Snowden is rightfully charged by its courts for espionage and leaking classified information, and Washington is making diplomatic efforts to ensure he is brought back to face those charges. "Snowden has been lawfully charged in US courts. As a...
  • US, China agree to hold regular talks on hacking June 2, 2013

    Washington: Ahead of the first summit between US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the two countries have agreed to hold regular, highlevel talks on how to set "standards of behaviour" for cybersecurity and commercial espionage, according to a media report on Sunday. It would be the...
  • China rejects US Pentagon's charges of military espionage May 7, 2013

    Washington: The Pentagon said on Monday that China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernization. The Pentagon for the first time accused the Chinese of trying to break into US defence computer networks, though China on Tuesday firmly desmised the allegations. In its 83page annual report to...
  • 30 Minutes: Is cyber warfare a threat to India? April 7, 2013

    In August, 2012 a series of bulk SMSes, MMSes started spreading like a virus across mobile phones in India targeting people from a NorthEastern states who stayed and worked away from their homes across India. As these text messages spread, the enemy achieved its objective creating panic. In just three...
  • Internet slowed by cyber attack on spam blocker March 28, 2013

    London: One of the largest ever cyber attacks is slowing global internet services and the disruption could get worse, experts said on Wednesday, after an organisation blocking "spam" content became a target. Spamhaus, a London and Genevabased nonprofit group which helps weed out unsolicited "spam" messages for email providers, said...
  • Cyber attack on S Korea came from Chinese IP: Seoul March 21, 2013

    Seoul: A hacking attack on the servers of South Korean broadcasters and banks originated from an IP address based in China, officials in Seoul said on Thursday, raising suspicions the intrusion came from North Korea. An unnamed official from South Korea's presidential office was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as...
  • South Korean banks, media report network crash March 20, 2013

    Seoul: Police and South Korean officials were investigating the simultaneous shutdown on Wednesday of computer networks at several major broadcasters and banks. While the cause wasn't immediately clear, speculation centered on a possible North Korean cyber attack. The shutdown came days after North Korea blamed South Korea and the United...
  • Some Chinese cyber attacks 'state sponsored': Obama March 14, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday acknowledged that some of the cyber-attacks emanating from China are state sponsored. "Absolutely," Obama told the ABC news channel in an interview when asked "Some (cyber-attacks coming from China) are sponsored". Obama's remarks come days after his top national security advisor, Tom Donilon and...
  • Cyber attacks top threat to America: US official March 13, 2013

    Washington: A senior US official has told lawmakers that they now consider cyber attacks as among the top threats to the national security, even though their is remote chance of any such major attack against the critical infrastructure systems during the next two years. In a significant departure from the past,...
  • Search engines, social media more prone to cyber attacks: Report February 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Users are more likely to fall prey to cyber crime through search engines, online ads and social networking websites than pornographic or gambling sites, according to a report by technology giant Cisco. "Common belief holds that one increases their individual risk to security threats when they seek out...
  • India under grip of cyber attacks, says report January 3, 2013

    Mumbai: India is under the grip of cyber attacks and there is an obvious peak in the growth of malware and their modifications on mobile devices, especially on the Android platform, according to a report. Though PC is still the prevalent target for malware authors, there is an obvious peak in...
  • Google alerts users of suspected statesponsored cyber attacks June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Search giant Google has warned users that their accounts may be "targetted" by statesponsored cyber attacks and asked them to take immediate steps to protect their data. In the official company blog, Google Vice President Security (Engineering) Eric Grosse said, "We are constantly on the lookout for malicious...
  • Nuclear facilities immune to cyber attacks: Iran February 14, 2012

    Tehran: A senior Iranian military official on Monday said that Tehran's nuclear and other industrial facilities suffer periodic cyber attacks, but that the country has the technology to protect itself from the threat, an official news agency reported. Iran considers itself to have been waging a complicated cyber war since...
  • Venezuela will close consulate in Miami: Chavez January 14, 2012

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday his government will close its consulate in Miami after the US government expelled a diplomat. Chavez said his government has decided the consulate will shut its doors in what he called an "administrative closing" in response to the consul's expulsion by the...
  • Congress website defaced on Sonia's birthday December 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Hackers broke into the Congress' official website and replaced part of Sonia Gandhi's profile with some objectionable material in a cyber attack coinciding with the party chief's birthday. "The hackers could penetrate deep inside the website and changed one paragraph," AICC Computer Department chief Vishwajeet Prithvijeet Singh said. Singh said...
  • US report blasts China, Russia for cybercrime November 4, 2011

    Washington: US intelligence officials accused China and Russia on Thursday of systematically stealing American hightech data for their own national economic gain. It was the most forceful and detailed public airing of US allegations after years of private complaints. US officials and cybersecurity experts said the US must openly confront...
  • India calls for global coordination on cyber security November 2, 2011

    London: India has called for global coordination to ensure that Internet continues to thrive without the fear of its misuse. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Information and Communications, told the London International Cyber Conference that "given the nature of the task and the fact that IT networks can be...
  • New cyber attack targets chemical firms: Symantec November 1, 2011

    Washington: At least 48 chemical and defense companies were victims of a coordinated cyber attack that has been traced to a man in China, according to a new report from security firm Symantec Corp. Computers belonging to these companies were infected with malicious software known as "PoisonIvy," which was used...
  • 'Japan eyes private firms help on cyber attacks' October 2, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan plans to work more closely with private companies by sharing information on cyber attacks after defence contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was hacked, Nikkei business daily reported. The government also aims to ratify an international treaty on online crimes, the Nikkei said without citing a source. The United States has...