HACKING

  • European SIM maker confirms hacking by spy agencies NSA, GCHQ 5 days ago

    The Hague: After an internal investigation, digital security company Gemalto has concluded that it had "reasonable grounds to believe" that it was hacked by US National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the Amsterdam-based company stated Wednesday. On February 19, 2015, news website The Intercept revealed that, based...
  • Lizard Squad hacking group defaces Lenovo website with goofy webcam selfies of teen 5 days ago

    New Delhi: After the SuperFish controversy, Lenovo again got into trouble when hackers turned its official website into a teen's selfie slideshow. Lizard Squad, which is a hacking group, took over Lenovo's homepage and posted images of a teen with a funny haircut posing for the webcam and the song "Breaking...
  • NSA, GCHQ spies hacked mobile SIM card keys: Report February 20, 2015

    Washington: US and British intelligence services can tap into mobile voice and data communications of many devices after stealing encryption keys of a major SIM card maker, a report said Thursday. The report, from investigative website The Intercept, said the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ obtained encryption...
  • NSA identifies North Korea as the source of the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment February 20, 2015

    Ottawa: The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) identified North Korea as the source of the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment after analyzing the software used in the intrusion, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers said on Thursday. Speaking to a Canadian security conference, Rogers explained that the discovery was part of...
  • Lenovo says new laptops won't come installed with controversial Superfish software that makes devices vulnerable to hacking February 20, 2015

    Beijing: China's Lenovo Group, the world's largest PC maker, said on Thursday it will no longer pre-install software that cybersecurity experts said was malicious and made devices vulnerable to hacking. Lenovo had come under fire from security researchers who said earlier on Thursday the company pre-installed a virus-like software from a...
  • Twitter CFO Anthony Noto's account hacked; fires off spam posts February 11, 2015

    San Francisco: An official Twitter account for the company's chief financial officer unleashed a barrage of spam posts on Tuesday in what may have been a hack or a glitch. Anthony Noto's account @anthonynoto for a brief time fired off terse, slangy missives inviting people to click on a link that...
  • Newsweek Twitter account hacked by pro-IS hacking group 'CyberCaliphate' February 11, 2015

    Washington: Newsweek's Twitter feed was briefly hijacked by hackers who displayed messages supporting the Islamic State group. The feed showed images similar to those from the hacking of the social media feed of the US Central Command last month. The account showed a picture of a hooded figure and the words "Cyber...
  • Beware, e-banking users! A new virus steals passwords, other personal information February 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Cyber security sleuths have alerted e-banking users in the country against the infectious and destructive activity of a "worm" virus which attacks and steals personal login secrets and passwords of an individual. The virus, of the deadly Trojan variant, has been identified and named as 'Cridex' and is considered...
  • Malaysia Airlines website hacked by group claiming support for ISIS January 26, 2015

    Hong Kong: Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling on Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for the militant Islamic State group. The airline's site was changed, at first displaying a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked...
  • Twitter, YouTube accounts of US military allegedly hacked by Islamic State backers January 13, 2015

    Washington: The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids. "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS," the hackers...
  • Sony CEO breaks silence on 'The Interview' hack; praises employees, partners for standing up to hackers January 6, 2015

    Las Vegas: Sony Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai praised employees and partners of the company's Hollywood movie studio for standing up to "extortionist efforts" of hackers who attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment. In his first public comments on the massive cyberattack, which the US government has blamed on North Korea, Hirai said...
  • US slaps sanctions on North Korea after Sony hack January 3, 2015

    Honolulu: Opening a new front in its cyber spat with North Korea, the United States slapped new sanctions Friday on government officials and the North's defence industry in its first public act of retribution for a cyberattack against Sony. Despite lingering doubts by the cyber community, the US insisted that...
  • Sony's PlayStation back online after Christmas hack December 28, 2014

    Washington: Sony's PlayStation reported that its network was back online and claimed that it had been attacked, three days after it and Microsoft's Xbox went down in an outage. An allegedly coordinated Christmas day hack brought down the gaming consoles, both hot gifts for the holiday season, although Xbox has been...
  • Sony works for third day to restore PlayStation after attack December 28, 2014

    Boston: Sony worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation network as the FBI said it was looking into the disruption, which began on Christmas Day. "We are aware of the reports and are investigating the Sony PlayStation matter," Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jenny Shearer...
  • North Korea calls Barack Obama 'a monkey' in hacking row December 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea called US President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the US on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy 'The Interview'. North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an...
  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery December 25, 2014

    Los Angeles: Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts are undecided, with...
  • Sony threatens to sue Twitter if it doesn't ban accounts that are spreading hacked emails December 23, 2014

    New York: Still recuperating from the embarrassing disclosure of several emails stolen in a hacking attack by a group called Guardians of Peace, Sony has reportedly threatened to sue Twitter unless it bans accounts that are linked to the leaks. According to The Verge, the threat was made in a letter...
  • North Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack December 23, 2014

    Washington: North Korea's Internet went dark for several hours amid rumours of US retaliation over its alleged hacking of a Hollywood studio, just as the pariah state came under attack at the UN over its rights record. It was not clear who or what had shut down Pyongyang's web connections, but...
  • CEO Sony Pictures Lynton expresses disappointment on President Obama's comments December 22, 2014

    US President Barack Obama spoke out on the controversy surrounding the alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures over the film 'The Interview' which is about a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un. ...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan December 22, 2014

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While American...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan December 21, 2014

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While American...
  • Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal? December 19, 2014

    Los Angeles: Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from...
  • George Clooney slams media and Hollywood for not supporting Sony after hacks December 19, 2014

    Los Angeles: George Clooney says he tried other studio heads and important people in Hollywood to sign a petition to support Sony Pictures following the hack attack on its computers but no one came forward. Clooney, 53, said the industry is scared but people, including media, should have supported the studio...
  • Obama monitoring cyber attack on Sony closely December 19, 2014

    Washington: Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response. But the White House was not ready to...
  • Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack: A look at key developments December 19, 2014

    It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download....
  • Hackers threaten 9/11-type attacks; Sony tells theatres they don't have to screen 'The Interview' December 17, 2014

    Los Angeles: Sony Pictures Entertainment has told theatre owners that they can cancel their plans to show "The Interview," according to multiple reports. The decision to debut the film on December 25 is now with individual theatre chains. This late Tuesday development comes just hours after the hackers issued threats against theatergoers...
  • Ex-employees sue Sony Pictures over hacked personal details December 17, 2014

    New York: Sony Pictures Entertainment now faces two lawsuits from four former employees who claim the company did not do enough to prevent hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers. The lawsuits seek to gain class-action status on behalf...
  • Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Kazuo Hirai's 'One Sony' vision December 16, 2014

    Tokyo: Leaked emails reveal a cultural gulf between Japan's Sony and Hollywood subsidiary Sony Pictures Entertainment, highlighting the challenge of CEO Kazuo Hirai to turn around the money-losing company under the slogan One Sony. The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about its...
  • From tear-free onion chopping to easy peeling and juicing: Simple everyday microwave hacks December 15, 2014

    Your microwave can do a lot more than just reheat the leftover next morning. Here are some simple tricks that can help you increase the value and usage of your microwave. From tear-free onion chopping to easy peeling and juicing, this infographic has some tricks you can use to lessen...
  • Your personal information has been hacked. Now what do you do? December 15, 2014

    San Francisco: Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies...