Articles about cyber espionage

Ben Mezrich, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

Profit-hungry Ghouls raid corporate networks worldwide

A new wave of targeted attacks against corporations in multiple countries around the world has been launched. The so-called "Operation Ghoul" attacks use the tactics of cyberspies but are more likely to be the work of profit-motivated cybercrooks, according to Kaspersky Lab. Using spear-phishing emails and malware based on …
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2016
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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

A previously unknown group called Strider has been conducting cyberespionage-style attacks against selective targets in Russia, China, Sweden, and Belgium. Strider uses an advanced piece of malware known as Remsec to conduct its attacks. Remsec creates a back door on an infected computer - establishing a means to log …
John Leyden, 8 Aug 2016
Ben Mezrich, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History

Kremlin hackers and the Democratic National Committee: How deep is the rabbit-hole?

Well publicised attacks against the US Democrat National Committee exposed earlier this month are part of a wider pattern of attacks against a much broader range of US political targets, according to new research by Dell SecureWorks. The same group of cyber-spies is predominantly spying on Russia and neighbouring countries but …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2016
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Nork hackers no pantomime villains, but a hugely unpredictable menace

RSA 2015 North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures revealed two uncomfortable truths about cybersecurity: businesses don't have to be an obvious target to get hacked, and their aggressors don't have to be superpowers. Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to the world of asymmetric warfare on the interwebs, a themes that's likely to feature …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2015

'Chinese hackers' were sniffing SE Asian drawers for YEARS

Security researchers have exposed a decade-long cyber-spying campaign that targeted south-east Asia and India since 2004. The so-called APT 30 hackers are likely to be agents of the Chinese government, according to network security company FireEye. APT 30's primary goal appears to be the theft of sensitive information for …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2015
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French Hacker Legion is West's foremost snoop squad says Robert Gates

Former spy and defense department secretary Robert Gates has identified France as a major cyber-spying threat against the US. In statements that are bound to raise eyebrows on both sides of the Atlantic, Gates (not Bill) nominated French spies as being number two in the world of industrial cyber-espionage. “In terms of the …

Pakistan mulls cyber security bill to keep NSA at bay

Pakistan’s Upper House this week began debating a new bill seeking to establish a National Cyber Security Council, an agency the nation feels is needed in the wake of Edward Snowden's myriad revelations about NSA surveillance. The Cyber Security Council Bill 2014 was presented by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Monday with …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014
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European Parliament reports HACK ATTACK, turns off public Wi-Fi

The European Parliament has disabled its public Wi-Fi network following the detection of a suspected hacking attack which has been linked to the exposure of weak security practices at the institution by a French media outlet. The private network of the European institution is thought to be secure but techies are advising users …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2013
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Leaked Obama brief reveals US cyber defense, offense policy

The Obama administration has told government agencies to compile a list of potential targets for offensive cyberwarfare actions, where such actions could benefit the interests of the United States, a leaked report reveals. President Obama signed off on Presidential Policy Directive 20 last November, but its full contents have …

Georgian police chiefs cuffed in cyber spy plot

Several senior police officials and the former deputy interior minister of Georgia have been arrested on suspicion of spying on former opposition leaders and attempting to influence the result of October’s parliamentary elections. The arrests come after new prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s coalition swept to power at the …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Nov 2012
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Canada: We'll boot 'security risk' firms from gov network bid race

The Canadian government has said that it will be invoking a "national security exemption" as it hires firms to build a secure network, hinting that Chinese telco Huawei could be excluded. The exemption allows the government to kick out of the running any companies or nations considered a security risk, which coming in the wake …

China fingered as lappie disappears from Taiwanese boat

Taiwanese military types are trying to allay fears that a laptop which went missing from a high-speed missile boat last month could pose a risk to national security after concerns that the device was stolen by Chinese spies. Colonel Lin Gau-joe of Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence told reporters that the laptop was being …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jun 2012
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China hits back at Pentagon's cyber spy allegations

China has been forced to strongly deny claims made in a new Pentagon report that it is the world’s number one cyber spy and represents a growing threat to US economic security. Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed “firm opposition” to the report and said “China's justified and normal military development" had been …
Phil Muncaster, 22 May 2012
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China hits back at US cyber snooping allegations

The war of words between the US and China escalated at the weekend after the People’s Republic vigorously denied allegations from the Pentagon that its rapid rise as a space superpower has been made possible in part thanks to “successful spying”. The US report prepared by the departments of State, Commerce and Defence …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2012
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Chinese and US military square off for cyber war games

The United States and Chinese military have been locking horns in secret cyber warfare exercises designed to help prevent the outbreak of real war between the two. The Guardian revealed that two so-called war games were carried out last year through intermediary and Washington think-tank the Center for Strategic and …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Apr 2012
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Chinese tech firms fingered for military collaboration

The People’s Liberation Army is actively arming and developing its soldiers with advanced information warfare capabilities which would represent a “genuine risk” to US military operations in the event of a conflict, a new report has alleged. Contractor Northrop Grumman’s detailed 136-page report (PDF) for the US government on …
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Huawei pumps $6bn sweetener into US biz trio

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has taken its turn at cementing US-Sino relations by announcing contracts worth $6bn with California OEMs Qualcomm, Broadcom and Avago - and reckons this will create tens of thousands of job “opportunities” in the States. The three-year deals will provide a much needed cash injection …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Feb 2012
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Japan's biggest defence contractor hit by hackers

Japan's biggest defence contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has become the victim of a malware-based hack attack. The firm said that the attack resulted in the infection of 10 of its sites across Japan, including its submarine manufacturing plant in Kobe and a facility in Nagoya which makes engine parts for missiles. In …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2011

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