CYBER WARFARE

  • Hackers: A handpicked, pampered elite in North Korea December 5, 2014

    Seoul: Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind the...
  • Mojtaba Ahmadi, Iranian cyber warfare commander, shot dead: Reports October 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Mojtaba Ahmadi, commander of Iran's Cyber War Headquarters, has been shot dead in a suspected assassination. Reports claimed that Ahmadi was found dead in near the town of Karaj, northwest of the capital, Tehran. Israel's external intelligence agency, the Mossad, has been accused of carrying out this assassination. Iran...
  • Iranian hackers target Bank of America, JPMorgan, Citi September 22, 2012

    Washington: Iranian hackers have repeatedly attacked Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Citigroup over the past year as part of a broad cyber campaign targeting the United States, according to people familiar with the situation. The attacks, which began in late 2011 and escalated this year, have primarily been...
  • Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran May 29, 2012

    Boston: Security experts said on Monday a highly sophisticated computer virus is infecting computers in Iran and other Middle East countries and may have been deployed at least five years ago to engage in statesponsored cyber espionage. Evidence suggest that the virus, dubbed Flame, may have been built on behalf of...
  • US government in cyber fight but can't keep up June 18, 2011

    Washington: The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new technologies, according to officials familiar with the plans, as a recent wave of cyber attacks boosts concerns about US vulnerability to...
  • 'Google may pay price for hacking claims' June 6, 2011

    Beijing: Google has become a "political tool" vilifying the Chinese government, an official Beijing newspaper said on Monday, warning that the US Internet giant's statements about hacking attacks traced to China could hurt its business. The tough warning appeared in the overseas edition of the People's Daily, the leading newspaper of...
  • Cyber attacks run risk of wider instability June 3, 2011

    London: From the satellite pictures on Google Earth, Jinan looks like any other Chinese city sprawling construction sites, massive factory blocks, apartment buildings, a university, dozens of railway lines and wideopen plazas. But according to the Internet giant, somewhere in the city the capital of China's eastern Shandong province...
  • Cyber attacks can cause global catastrophe January 17, 2011

    London: Attacks on computer systems now have the potential to cause global catastrophe, but only in combination with another disaster, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Monday. The study, part of a wider OECD project examining possible "Future Global Shocks" such as a failure...
  • UK military chief aims to set up cyber command January 10, 2011

    London: Britain's military chief says he wants to set up a UK version of America's Cyber Command, the Pentagon's newly formed cyber warfare division. Gen David Richards was quoted in the Sunday Times as saying that cyber attacks were going to be a part of future warfare "just as tanks and...
  • Germany plans new cyberwarfare defence centre December 28, 2010

    Berlin: Germany will create a new cyberwarfare defence centre next year to fight off espionage attacks, the German interior ministry said. "We plan to create a socalled 'National CyberDefence Centre' in 2011," a spokesman told reporters on Monday. "It will work by bundling existing knowhow in the area of cyber defence." As...
  • Activists target Dutch website after boy arrested December 11, 2010

    London: Cyber activists attacking organizations seen as foes of WikiLeaks briefly blocked a Dutch prosecution website on Friday after a 16yearold suspected of involvement in the campaign was arrested in the Netherlands. The activists also tried to block the website of online payment firm Moneybookers, but denied their attacks were intended...
  • Spam downloads surge among WikiLeaks supporters December 11, 2010

    London: WikiLeaks supporters on Friday downloaded increasing amounts of the spamshooting software used to attack companies seen as hostile a development that could challenge even Internet giants such as PayPal and Amazon.com during the crucial Christmas shopping season. US data security company Imperva says downloads of the attack program used...
  • WikiLeaks triggers the first world war on the Web December 9, 2010

    London: The website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21stcentury cyber warfare evolving into a more amateur and anarchic affair than many predicted. While most countries have plowed much more attention and resources into cyber security in recent years, most of the debate has focused on the threat from militant...
  • Stuxnet: A new weapon for cyber insurgents? November 30, 2010

    London: Al Qaeda scares airlines with parcel bombs worth $ 4,000. War with the Taliban costs the West billions of dollars a week. North Korea shells disputed land, winning instant fresh attention in a standoff with major powers. Weaker combatants have always used unconventional or inexpensive means to defy stronger foes,...
  • UK concentrating on developing cyber 'weaponry' November 23, 2010

    London: Britain is devoting more energy to understanding and developing "weaponry" for cyber warfare than any other military area, armed forces chief General David Richards said on Monday. "It's very genuinely a huge priority for us," Richards said. "Along with likeminded nations in NATO for example, we are more actively expanding our...
  • Cyber warfare already here, UK spy agency chief says October 14, 2010

    London: Countries are already using cyber warfare techniques to attack each other and need to be vigilant round the clock to protect computer systems, the head of Britain's communications spy agency says. Iain Lobban, the director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), said British government systems are targeted 1,000 times each...