CYBER SECURITY

  • A new feature that updates your passwords automatically at pre-set intervals December 10, 2014

    London: A French-American startup launched an automatic password changer in an attempt to remove the all-too-human frailty that has rendered the phrase "computer security" a worrying oxymoron, leading a rival US software firm to launch a similar service. For most people, properly managing passwords verges on impossible, given the dizzying array...
  • One in six smartphone users victim of cyber attack: Study November 24, 2014

    London: One in six smartphone users in the world have fallen prey to a cyber attack, reveals a new study, adding that 60 per cent of smartphone users and almost half of tablet users are vulnerable to hacking as these devices have no protection against malicious software. According to the findings...
  • Eight-year-old prodigy of Indian origin to address summit on cyber security November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: An eight-year old Indian-origin child prodigy is among experts who will address a cyber security conference starting on Friday where Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is also listed as a keynote speaker. In his address at the summit on November...
  • Gmail passwords leaked: How safe is internet usage in India? September 12, 2014

    As a list of nearly 5 million combinations of Gmail addresses and passwords was made available to the public online on Tuesday, India comes to terms with developing a more stringent cyber policing and norms to deal with any such eventuality in the future. ...
  • Gmail passwords leaked: Narrow escape for users but a wake call for better cyber policing September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: It might be time to change your password if you are a Gmail user. A list of nearly 5 million combinations of Gmail addresses and passwords was posted online on Tuesday. But while the passwords seem to be old, the leak has once again raised concerns over cyber...
  • Singapore to boost cyber security efforts August 27, 2014

    Singapore: Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority will set up a monitoring and operations control centre to help the government guard against, and respond swiftly, to security threats, the government announced on Tuesday. The announcements come after a spate of cyber attacks on government websites late last year. Speaking at an information security meeting,...
  • Malware sneaks into online ads: Researchers August 6, 2014

    Washington: Hackers are increasingly slipping malicious software into online advertising, creating risks for the Internet economic model, security researchers said Tuesday. A report presented at the Black Hat security conference said "malvertising" has become increasingly prevalent and difficult for users to detect. "Malvertising victims are infected with malware in the course of...
  • Passenger jets at risk of hacker attacks, warns security researcher August 4, 2014

    Boston: Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. Santamarta, a consultant with cyber security firm IOActive, is scheduled...
  • Beware! New virus steals your debit, credit card information July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Debit and credit card owners in the country have been alerted by cyber security sleuths against the damaging activities of a virus which attacks Point of Sale (POS) business counters to steal confidential data like card number and passwords. The virus, of the deadly Trojan/Botnet family, is prowling in...
  • 'India should be more aware of cyber security threats' July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: India should be more aware of cyber security threats and the time to act in this regard is now, an Israeli security solutions firm has said even as it averred that the two countries have many common "opponents". "I believe India should be more aware of cyber threats. I...
  • Apple iPhones let others access your personal data; are there 'back doors' running on every iOS device? July 26, 2014

    San Francisco: Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicised techniques by Apple employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which...
  • 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 using Bing search engine under threat February 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Cyber security sleuths have alerted Android software based mobile phone users against a suspicious activity being detected in the commonly used search engine 'Bing' on Internetenabled communication devices. Terming the severity of the malfunction as "medium", the Indian cyberspace security agencies have alerted users that a possible attack...
  • Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox face threat of mischievous attacks February 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Multiple vulnerabilities have been detected in popular web browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and cyber security sleuths have advised Internet users in the Indian cyberspace to guard against arbitrary activities on their systems. In view of these suspicious virusbased activities, Internet users have been asked to upgrade...
  • How to protect your email, social networking and other online accounts December 5, 2013

    New York: Security experts say passwords for more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online, just the latest example of breaches involving leading Internet companies. Some services including Twitter have responded by disabling the affected passwords. But there are several things you can...
  • India is opposed to any control on Internet: Kapil Sibal October 16, 2013

    New Delhi: India is opposed to any control on internet in the name of cyber security, said Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal. "We have an intergovernmental committee in the United Nations that is trying to seek to resolve this (cyber security) issue through some kind of government control which, I think,...
  • India against accessing Internet communication content, says Sibal August 24, 2013

    The Indian government was opposed to anyone accessing content of Internet communications emanating from the country, Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told parliament on Friday. He also assured members that steps had been taken to protect communications sent by missions abroad. Responding to concern of Rajya Sabha members over...
  • Under fire, US spy agency defends surveillance programs as lawful August 17, 2013

    Under increasing pressure to justify electronic surveillance programs that at times capture communications of American citizens, the US National Security Agency went to unusual lengths on Friday to insist its activities are lawful and any mistakes largely unintentional. In a sign of how much heat it has taken since former NSA...
  • New US spying revelations coming from Edward Snowden leaks: Journalist August 7, 2013

    Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who published documents leaked by fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, plans to make new revelations "within the next 10 days or so" on secret US surveillance of the Internet. "The articles we have published so far are a very small part of the revelations...
  • US NSA revelations could hurt collaboration with 'betrayed' hackers August 4, 2013

    The US government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency. Though hackers tend to be antiestablishment by nature, the NSA and other intelligence agencies had made major inroads in recent...
  • History shows Edward Snowden may face tough exile in Russia August 3, 2013

    US fugitive Edward Snowden seems assured of a warm welcome in Russia and may even achieve celebrity status in his new home, but history suggests he will no longer be master of his fate and a Moscow exile will bring some difficult challenges. The former US spy agency contractor finally left...
  • The Guardian journalist who reported NSA spying defends Snowden July 24, 2013

    The Guardian journalist, Greenwald, who first wrote about the NSA spying scandal has defended whistleblower Edward Snowden. He has said that Snowden wanted the information to be revealed but left it up to reporters as to what they revealed. ...
  • 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...
  • Sibal stresses on the need to protect personal information online July 2, 2013

    Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday stressed on the need to protect personal information and sovereign data online, while speaking at the launch of the National Cyber Security Policy in New Delhi. ...
  • Government releases National Cyber Security Policy 2013 July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: With an aim to protect information and build capabilities to prevent cyber attacks, the government today released the National Cyber Security Policy 2013 to safeguard both physical and business assets of the country. "...policy is a framework document and it gives you a broad outline of what our...
  • South Korean presidential website loses data in hacking July 1, 2013

    Seoul: South Korea says personal information was stolen from its presidential website in a cyber attack last week that coincided with a shutdown of North Korean websites. Yonhap news agency reported on Monday that about 100,000 subscribers' accounts were hacked on the presidential website. It cited an unidentified presidential official....
  • US taps halfbillion German phone, internet links: Report June 30, 2013

    Berlin: The United States taps half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany in a typical month and has classed its biggest European ally as a target similar to China, according to secret US documents quoted by a German newsmagazine. The revelations of alleged US surveillance programmes based...
  • Snowden expected to fly to Cuba, US urges his detention June 24, 2013

    Moscow: Fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is expected to try to fly to Cuba on Monday while he waits to hear if Ecuador will grant him asylum, so far eluding Washington's efforts to extradite him on espionage charges. In a major embarrassment for US President Barack Obama,...
  • US warns countries against giving shelter to Snowden June 24, 2013

    Washington: The United States has warned countries against giving shelter to fugitive Edward Snowden, or letting him travel internationally, as the former CIA contractor landed in Moscow and said to be on his way to the South American country of Ecuador through Havana and Venezuela. "The United States has been in...
  • US seeks Snowden's extradition, urges Hong Kong to act quickly June 23, 2013

    Washington: The United States on Saturday said that it wants Hong Kong to extradite Edward Snowden and urged it to act quickly, paving the way for what could be a lengthy legal battle to prosecute the former National Security Agency contractor on espionage charges. Legal sources say Snowden, who is believed...