Cybersecurity

  • BlackShades malware infects more than a half-million computers worldwide May 20, 2014

    New York: More than a half-million computers in over 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals remotely hijack a computer and its webcam, authorities said as charges were announced Monday against nearly 100 people worldwide. Authorities said 97 people suspected of using or distributing the malicious software called...
  • Russia hacked hundreds of Asian, American, European companies: Security firm January 22, 2014

    Washington: A US cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic - rather than political - gains. According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the...
  • Cybersecurity to get more complicated in 2014: ISACA December 30, 2013

    Houston: Cybersecurity is set to get a lot more complicated in 2014, a global IT association has warned all businesses - big or small, asking them to brace up. IT and cybersecurity professionals should resolve now to gear up for accelerated change and complexity in 2014, especially in cybersecurity, data...
  • 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...
  • German agency warns Windows 8 PCs vulnerable to cyber threats August 25, 2013

    Franfurt: A German government technology agency has warned that new security technology in computers running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system may actually make PCs more vulnerable to cyber threats, including sabotage. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday that federal...
  • Edward Snowden gets job offer from Russia's Facebook August 3, 2013

    Moscow: American fugitive Edward Snowden was offered a job by Russia's top social networking site on Thursday, hours after the former intelligence contractor received a year-long asylum in Russia. "We invite Edward Snowden to Petersburg and will be happy if he decides to join the star team of programmers at VKontakte,"...
  • US needs to build partnership with India on cyber security July 24, 2013

    Washington: The US needs to build up partnership with India on cyber security issues, eminent American experts have said, noting that New Delhi faces threat in the cyber sphere from Pakistan, China and non-state actors. "The Indians' primary concern in cyber security is with Pakistan and Pakistani non-state actors or...
  • Venezuela minister urges citizens to quit Facebook to stop helping CIA July 11, 2013

    Caracas: A Venezuelan government minister urged citizens to shut Facebook accounts to avoid being unwitting informants for the US Central Intelligence Agency, referring to recent revelations about US surveillance programs. Edward Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor who is stuck in a Moscow airport while seeking to avoid...
  • China, US to discuss cybersecurity at forum July 5, 2013

    Beijing: China is ready to discuss strengthening cybersecurity with US officials at a high-level forum next week and wants Washington to help settle territorial disputes in East Asia, officials said Friday. Next week's two-day Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington will also include talks on finance and climate change and the...
  • Indian govt not aware of methods used by hackers: UN June 25, 2013

    New York: Public authorities in India are vulnerable to cyber attacks as government and corporate leaders in the country are shockingly not even aware of the dangers and sophisticated methods used by hackers, a senior UN official has said. "The recent hacking of Council of Indian School Certificate Examination and...
  • An 'e-vil empire' thrives on USSR's old domain name .su May 31, 2013

    Moscow: The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an 'e-vil empire' is thriving. Security experts say the .su Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into a haven for hackers who've flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam...
  • Cyber security market may reach $870 mn by 2017: Report March 31, 2013

    Mumbai: Global market for cyber security solutions may grow to USD 870 million by 2017, says research firm IDC. Cybercriminals use thousands of networked computers (botnets) to 'jam' a website by directing excessive traffic to it, causing it to crash. Such attacks are often termed as...
  • Calling Ankit Fadia's bluff: Is he the hacker he claims to be? March 4, 2013

    Dear Ankit Fadia, First of all, I'd like to place my unconditional apologies on the record. In fact, before I started to write you this letter, I promised my colleagues these pages will be used to crucify and call your bluff before your 16th book on computer security hits the shelves...
  • Facebook hacked, no data compromised February 16, 2013

    San Francisco: Facebook said on Friday it had been the target of an unidentified hacker group, but it found no evidence that user data was compromised. "Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack," the company said in a blog post posted on Friday...
  • US to boost cybersecurity force January 28, 2013

    Washington: The Pentagon plans to assign significantly more personnel in coming years to counter increasing threats against US government computer networks and conduct offensive operations against foreign foes, a US defence official said on Sunday. The plan, which would increase both military and civilian staffing at US Cyber Command, comes as...
  • Hackers target Nasdaq website February 15, 2012

    New York: Websites of exchange operators Nasdaq and BATS have been attacked by hackers over the last 24 hours, causing ongoing disruptions for those trying to use the sites, spokespersons for the companies said on Tuesday. Only the banner carrying the logo at the top of the web page for www.nasdaq.com...
  • Philips investigates possible hacking attack February 15, 2012

    Amsterdam: Philips Electronics said it shut down one of its servers on Monday because of a possible cyber attack and that it was investigating the nature and extent of the information that might have been accessed. Philips spokesman Steve Klink couldn't confirm whether any personal customer information or sensitive company data...
  • In cyber era, militaries scramble for new skills February 11, 2012

    London: With growing worries about the threat of "cyber warfare," militaries around the world are racing to recruit the computer specialists they believe may be central to the conflicts of the 21st century. But whilst money is plentiful for new forces of "cyber warriors," attracting often individualistic technical specialists and hackers...
  • Privacy, data theft top cyber-security issues in 2012 January 2, 2012

    Bangalore: Privacy and data theft will be the top security issues that organisations need to focus on in the new year, according to PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory of cloud security firm Panda Security. Cyber-espionage and social networking attacks aimed at companies and government agencies will...
  • US probes cyber attack on water system November 19, 2011

    Boston: US federal investigators are looking into a report that hackers managed to remotely shut down a utility's water pump in central Illinois last week, in what could be the first known foreign cyber attack on a US industrial system. The November 8 incident was described in a one-page report from...
  • Geek image deters girls from cybersecurity October 28, 2011

    Washington: There were no lines for the ladies room. That was unusual for an event attended by thousands but typical in the cybersecurity field where a futuristic image clashes with an old-fashioned gender gap. At cybersecurity and hacker gatherings, women are clearly in the minority among the sea of men lining...
  • Cybersecurity in US, Austraila defence treaty September 15, 2011

    San Francisco: The United States and Australia will take the rare step on Thursday of declaring the cyber realm as part of a mutual defence treaty, meaning that a cyber attack on one could lead to a response by both nations. Defence and diplomatic chiefs from the United States and...
  • Internet is Pentagon's new 'operational domain' July 15, 2011

    Washington: The US Defence Department unveiled a new strategy for protecting military computer networks from hackers on Thursday, designating cyberspace as an "operational domain" US forces will be trained to defend. US Deputy Defence Secretary William Lynn said the Pentagon wanted to avoid militarising cyberspace, but aimed to secure strategic networks...
  • US considers Internet identity for citizens January 11, 2011

    London: In its bid to boost web security in the US, the Barack Obama administration is working out a plan to issue American computer users with an Internet identity, a media report said here Monday. Obama has put the US Commerce Department in charge of the cybersecurity initiative, the Daily Mail...
  • US tops list of countries in cybercrime April 20, 2010

    Washington: Fake security software was the No. 1 cybersecurity woe afflicting computer users in 2009, and Apple users lost some of their immunity to cybercrime as they stored more data online instead of on hard drives, according to the cybersecurity firm Symantec. In a report released on Tuesday, Symantec noted...
  • IT providers to gain from Obama's cybersecurity plan February 15, 2009

    Bangalore: A review of US cybersecurity efforts ordered by President Barack Obama, aimed at protecting vital computer networks from attacks, could prove a boon to several federal IT services contractors. Information technology industry executives and analysts say the cybersecurity market will be a fast-growing area in coming years and could...