Topic / Hacking & Cyber Attacks

Former PM Gordon Brown emails hacked by British newspapers

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Image: World Economic Forum/Flickr (Creative Commons) The phone hacking scandal appears to be widening to an overall hacking scandal with revelations by a British newspaper that emails of the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown were illegally accessed by “private investigators commissioned by national newspapers”. The Independent in the UK claims that Brown’s private communications were identified by Scotland Yard as “potentially hacked material”, and are currently looking at evidence […]

Supposed LulzSec IRC chat logs released

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A British newspaper has acquired and released leaked logs supposed from a private IRC chat room purported to be LulzSec’s own chat room – the group responsible for several known attacks on Sony, Nintendo, Sega and more-recently, the Arizona State Government. According to the Guardian, the logs reveal that the group is obsessed with their name in the media – even sharing pictures of articles of the Wall Street Journal […]

South Korea Govt. sites attacked by DDoS, more to come

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr Websites for the South Korean President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the largest bank in the country Kookmin Bank, among 40 or so sites, have been reported to have been attacked with a denial-of-service attack at 10am local time. The Government has responded by issuing a third-highest alert, according to Bloomberg, and has boosted its monitoring of major websites. The Yonhap News Agency is reporting […]

Canadian Govt attacked by foreign hackers – IPs traced to China

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr Canada has been the target of a cyberattack that could have given highly sensitive federal information to foreign nationals and has taken off two key financial departments of the Internet since early January, according to CBC News. The attack, first detected in early January, has resulted in both the Finance Department and Treasury Board in order to prevent any more information stolen from their networks, with the counter-espionage […]

Pakistani hackers network shutdown as police arrests owners

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Five alleged hackers have been arrested by Pakistani authorities in raids that led to the closure of the website Pakbugs, known for being a community site for hacking and carding – a technique to verify if stolen credit card details are still valid by purchasing something. The operation, run by the Cyber Crime division of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), went ahead after numerous complaints by, according to a report […]

Symantec appoints cybersecurity advisor

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Symantec has announced that it will appoint Adam Palmer to become the Lead Cybersecurity Advisor for its Norton department, where he will be the public face of preventing cybercrime via education, empowerment and by reinforcing online rights with the assistance of law enforcement and other key organisations. “Adam Palmer is a proven leader in the fight against cybercriminals and a powerful addition to our team,” Janice Chafflin, the President of […]

Symantec calls Chinese city world’s hacker hub

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China isn’t getting any good news within the technology sector, especially when Google just pulled Google.cn from the country and moved it to Hong Kong. Now, Symantec has identified a city in China to be the world’s capital of cyber-espionage, after identifying and tracing 12 billion e-mails that were “target attacks” coming from China – a higher number than what Symantec initially thought. Researchers found that 21.3% percent that were […]

Chinese Newspaper: Uncensored Internet “attempt to impose” values

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A Chinese Newspaper has written a critical editorial about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her speech about the freedom to access information on the Internet. The newspaper, the Global Times, labelled her speech as a “disguised attempt to impose its values on other cultures in the name of democracy”. “The online freedom of unrestricted access is, thus, only one-way traffic, contrary to the spirit of democracy and calculated to […]

Twitter hacked by “cyber army” from Iran

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Reports are coming in that Twitter had been hacked with a message from a supposed group called the “Iranian Cyber Army”, with Twitter admitting that their DNS records were compromised – allowing the group to deface the site with the following message: IRANIAN CYBER ARMY THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY iRANIAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAIL.COM U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But THey (sic) Don’t, We […]

South Korea says attackers came from sixteen countries

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South Korea have said that the attacks that caused denial of service attacks on several websites based in the United States and South Korea were from 86 IP addresses from 16 different countries, including from Japan and Guatemala, according to the AP. The spy agency in South Korea, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), spoke briefly on the current investigation to lawmakers in the country, amid suspicions North Korea were behind […]

US, South Korean government websites targeted in cyber attack

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A widespread cyber attack beginning in July 4 has knocked out several United States agencies’ websites, including those responsible for fighting cyber crime. Also reported was on the same day, several sites belonging to the South Korean government and other private sites were knocked offline from the same cyber attack. Those agencies affected include the Treasury Department, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Pentagon and the Secret […]

Researchers uncover major cyber spying network

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A spy network, mainly based in China, has been said to have infiltrated computer networks from government offices around the world, according to Canadian researchers. However, even though they are located in China, there is no conclusive evidence of China being involved. Called “GhostNet”, it has become the largest reported spying operation to come to light. It has also been believed that this is the first time that researches have […]

Security report links Russian intelligence agency to Georgia cyber attacks

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A new report written by a group of cyber-security experts has claimed that Russian intelligence agencies were linked or probably involved in the 2008 cyber attack on Georgia during the 2008 invasion of the country by Russia in July and August of 2008. The report has concluded that there is a “strong likelihood” that the Foreign Military Intelligence agency (the GRU) and the Federal Security Service (the FSB) directed the […]

BBC buys, uses botnet for investigation into cybercrime – does it break the law?

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The BBC has said that it had purchased a network of 22,000 infected computers and used it spam its own e-mail accounts on Hotmail and GMail, used the computers for a denial-of-service test and then changed the infected computer’s wallpaper with a message saying that they were infected. The program, Click (which airs on BBC One and BBC World News), said that it acquired the network by visiting chatrooms. The […]


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