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US waged cyberattack on database used by Iran to target tankers: NYTimes

Washington - The United States staged a secret cyberattack in June against a database used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to plot attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, The New York Times reported.

North Korea stole $2bn for weapons from cyberattacks: UN report

New York - North Korea has stolen up to $2 billion from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges through cyberattacks to fund its nuclear missiles program, according to a United Nations report seen by AFP Wednesday.

Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media: FT

Jerusalem - An Israeli spyware firm thought to have hacked WhatsApp in the past denied a report Friday that it had boasted to clients that it can scoop user data from servers run by technology titans.

Hong Kong police vow action over parliament storming

Fpo - Hong Kong authorities vowed Wednesday to hunt down the protesters who stormed parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government.

Eight arrested over cyberattacks against Hong Kong police

Fpo - Hong Kong police said Wednesday they have arrested eight people for stealing and disclosing personal information of officers online, as the city grapples with the aftermath of unprecedented anti-government protests that saw its parliament ransacked.

Times' Russia report is 'virtual treason,' Trump says

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused The New York Times of "a virtual act of treason," after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia's electric power grid.

NATO warns Russia of 'full range' of responses to cyberattack

London - The head of NATO told Russia and other potential foes Thursday that the Western military alliance was ready to use all means at its disposal to respond to cyber attacks.

WhatsApp urges update after 'serious' security breach

San Francisco - WhatsApp on Tuesday encouraged its users to upgrade the app to plug a security breach that allowed sophisticated attackers to sneak spyware into phones, in the latest trouble for its parent Facebook.

Netanyahu says Israel ready to thwart election cyber meddling

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that his country led the world in cyber defence, after a report that an unnamed nation planned to meddle in its upcoming general election.

NATO exercises cyber defences as threat grows

Tartumaa - In a nondescript brick building on the snowy edge of Estonia's second city Tartu, soldiers in camouflage tap silently at computers. They are troops manning the 21st century's front line.

EU leaders vow tough action on cyber attacks

Apo - EU leaders on Thursday condemned the attempted hack on the global chemical weapons watchdog and vowed to step up the bloc's efforts to tackle cyber attacks.

Britain leads calls for EU action against hackers

Apo - British Prime Minister Theresa May will call on fellow EU leaders Thursday to take united action to punish cyber attackers, warning hackers cause economic harm and undermine democracies.

Amid Russia hacks, US offers cyber expertise to allies

Washington - After years of ceaseless attacks from state-sponsored hackers, the US is taking toughening its stance in the cyber fight against Russia, China and other nations.

US to let NATO use its cyber defence skills

Apo - The United States is expected to make its offensive cyber warfare capabilities available to NATO, officials said Wednesday, as the alliance seeks to strengthen its defences against Russian electronic attacks.

Cybersecurity company raises $120 million in latest funding round

Cylance, a provider of cybersecurity-related products and services that markets themselves as being able to prevent attacks years before the attack is even launched, raised $120 million in their Series E funding round.

US blacklists Russian firms tied to FSB hacking ops

Washington - The United States placed five Russian companies and three individuals on its sanctions blacklist Monday for allegedly supporting the FSB intelligence agency's hacking operations, including a firm involved in subsea operations.

NSA contractor pleads guilty in embarrassing leak case

Washington - A former contractor for the US National Security Agency's elite hacking group has agreed to plead guilty to removing classified documents in a case that highlighted a series of disastrous leaks of top-secret NSA materials.

Kremlin's new cyber weapons spark fears and fantasies

Moscow - From Donald Trump's election to Brexit and the Catalan crisis, accusations that the Kremlin is meddling in Western domestic affairs have heightened fears over Russian hackers, trolls and state-controlled media.

Cybersecurity trends for 2018

This year's big technology headlines have focused on cybersecurity and the range of businesses affected by cyberattacks. To help protect businesses in 2018, cybersecurity service firm Zenedge provides answers.

US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

Washington - The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.

Cybersecurity is a $81.7 billion market — startups raking it in

Last year, investors put $3.5 billion into cybersecurity companies via more than 400 deals, according to CB Insights. And those numbers may well go up this year — the first quarter of 2017 set a five-year record for deals in the private security space.

Sweden data scandal costs two ministers their jobs

Stockholm - Two Swedish ministers lost their jobs on Thursday over a huge leak of sensitive data that has rocked the fragile centre-left government. But Prime Minister Stefan Lofven vowed he would be staying on despite speculation he could call a snap election.

Sweden PM reshuffles cabinet over data scandal

Stockholm - Two Swedish ministers will leave the government in a reshuffle sparked by a huge leak of sensitive data, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Thursday.

North Korea-linked hackers 'highly likely' behind WannaCry: Symantec

San Francisco - The Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to North Korea, is "highly likely" responsible for the WannaCry global cyberattack that hit earlier this month, US anti-virus firm Symantec said.

North Korea denies role in global cyberattack

New York - North Korea on Friday angrily dismissed reports linking its isolated regime to the global cyberattack that held thousands of computers to virtual ransom.

Bitcoin: Hackers' 'anonymous' currency

Paris - The perpetrators of the global cyberattack that caused havoc in 150 countries demanded "ransom" money in bitcoins, but experts believe the anonymity that the virtual currency affords is not necessarily impenetrable.

'Too early' to say who is behind cyberattacks: Europol

Den Haag - The European police agency said Tuesday it was still too early to determine who was behind a massive cyberattack which has caused global computer chaos, as researchers reported signs of a possible North Korean link.

Seoul cyber experts warn of more attacks as North blamed

Seoul - More cyberattacks could be in the pipeline after the global havoc caused by the Wannacry ransomware, South Korean cybersecurity experts warned Tuesday as fingers pointed at the North.

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware

Shanghai - Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country's universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as "malicious" hype.

Whiz kid who foiled cyberattack

Paris - They are called white hats -- the good guys in the Wild West of the internet -- and they ride to the rescue as in the case of the 22-year-old British expert who helped stop the WannaCry cyberattack.
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