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Ransomware 'hero' pleads guilty to U.S. hacking charges

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:41 AM

'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,' the 24-year-old Marcus Hutchins, known by his alias MalwareTech,' writes, noting that the charges related to his activity prior to his work in security

'I REGRET THESE ACTIONS.' In this file photo taken on August 14, 2017, Marcus Hutchins (R), the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords, arrives with his lawyers at US Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP

Facebook says it stored 'millions' of unencrypted Instagram passwords

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,' Facebook says in a blog post.

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

British intelligence says Huawei risk manageable – Financial Times

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The National Cyber Security Center sees ways of limiting risks from using Huawei in future 5G networks, according to two unnamed sources cited by the 'Financial Times'

Under-fire Huawei agrees to UK security demands – report

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Huawei executives meet senior officials from Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), where they accepted a range of technical requirements to ease security fears

HUAWEI IN TALKS. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018 a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

UK accuses Russian spies of global cyber attacks campaign

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Britain's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) identifies operatives from Russia's GRU arm as being behind various high-profile computer attacks, according to the Foreign Office

UK committee remains wary of Huawei telco equipment in annual report

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The United Kingdom's Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre Oversight Board says it can only provided 'limited assurance' that risks relating to Huawei's involvement in UK networks have been sufficiently mitigated

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Multi-nation operation takes down cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Britain's National Crime Agency says 'authorities in 5 countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted 6 members of the crime group behind webstresser.org'

SECURITY. File photo show people work at computers during the 10th International Cybersecurity Forum in Lille, France last January 23, 2018. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

How to check your third-party app permissions on Facebook

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Facebook users can ensure companies and app makers don't continue to mine them for data. Here's a guide on how to do so.

Canadian hacker charged over leak of 3 billion hacked accounts

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The leaks involve accounts from LinkedIn and the Ashley Madison online dating service, among other hacked sites


Hackers stole data from 57M Uber riders, drivers – CEO

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:06 AM

(UPDATED) Uber says hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers of the ridesharing service in a 2016 incident

Social media and democracy: Optimism fades as fears rise

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Fears grow over how social media may have been manipulated to disrupt the US election, and over how authoritarian governments are using the networks to clamp down on dissent

PNA hit by cyber attack on day of viral blunders – Andanar

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:46 AM

The PCOO Secretary says an IP address was supposedly trying to access the PNA s old server and dashboard

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

U.S. warship collisions raise cyberattack fears

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:08 PM

A spate of incidents involving US warships in Asia including a deadly collision this week off Singapore has forced the navy to consider whether cyberattackers might be to blame

POINT OF CONTACT. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

4 arrested in India for leaking 'Game of Thrones' episode

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The 4 arrested are employees of the local distribution company who possessed official credentials giving them access to the episodes local media report

LOOT TRAIN ATTACK. Daenerys Targaryen attacks her enemies on her dragon in the epic battle scene at the end of the latest 'Game of Thrones' episode. Photo by Helen Sloan/ HBO

HBO hackers demand millions in ransom note

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:45 AM

A video circulating online directs a message to HBO chief Richard Plepler claiming that the group obtained valuable information in an attack that yielded a whopping 1 5 terabytes of data

HACKED. In this file photo, Richard Plepler, HBO Chief Executive Officer speaks onstage at the Executive Session during the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour - Day 2 on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/AFP

'Game of Thrones' script leaked after HBO hack

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The company says a cyber incident resulted in the compromise of proprietary information and that the company has contacted law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms

'GAME OF THRONES.' Screengrab from a 'Game of Thrones' season 6 trailer shows the character Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) in a scene. YouTube/GameofThrones

Qatar says UAE source of hacking that sparked Gulf row

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:40 AM

General Ali Mohammed al Mohannadi tells a news conference the hacking was undertaken from two sites in the Emirates

The flag ofthe State of Qatar (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, 14 July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar is 'undermining' GCC allies – UAE minister

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The UAE state minister for foreign affairs also denies a Washington Post report saying that his country had been behind an alleged cyber attack on Qatar in May which sparked a crisis

This file photo taken on June 24, 2017 shows UAE state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, speaks during a press conference at his office in Dubai. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Estonia to open world's first virtual data embassy

Jul 16, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The data embassy in Luxembourg will notably back up information regarding taxes land businesses identity documents pensions legislation and the census

Most Maersk operations running after cyberattack

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Maersk: We continue to assess the situation Until this analysis is complete we cannot be specific about how many sites and locations are affected or when normal business operations are restored

SHIPPING GIANT. This file photograph taken on August 30, 2010, shows containers from the Danish sea transport company Maersk stacked at the North port terminal in Bremerhaven, northern Germany. Patrik Stollarz/File/AFP

Qatar says state news agency first hacked in April

Jun 08, 2017 - 3:40 PM

In a preliminary report the investigators did not say who they held responsible for the hack but said that both Britain and the United States were helping with their inquiry

The flag of Qatar at the UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Russian hackers' 'fake news' behind Qatar crisis – report

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:31 AM

US intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that led Saudi Arabia and several allies to sever relations with Qatar prompting a diplomatic crisis

The flag of Qatar at the UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Cyberattacks level off after global pushback, but fears persist

May 15, 2017 - 6:51 PM

UPDATED The number of victims appears not to have gone up and so far the situation seems stable in Europe which is a success a senior spokesman for Europol says

CYBERATTACK. The world's biggest ransomware attack strikes hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

May 14, 2017 - 11:25 AM

How does ransomware work and how can people protect their computers from it?

Renault shuts down sites after being hit by cyberattack

May 13, 2017 - 6:49 PM

Production remains suspended French carmaker Renault spokeswoman says

ATTACKED. French automobile manufacturer Renault's production remains suspended due to the cyber attack. Logo from Renault's website

G7 finance chiefs talk cyber security in wake of attacks

May 13, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The malicious software freezes files on computers demanding a ransom to grant access to them

France tries to curb impact of Macron hack ahead of vote

May 07, 2017 - 7:06 AM

This comes a day before the country heads to the polls for a watershed election

THE CHOICE. This picture, taken on May 5, 2017 an electoral card next to ballots for Emmanuel Macron (L) and Marine Le Pen and on a ballot box at a polling station in Rennes, western France. Damien Meyer/AFP

U.S. takes down huge botnet as Spain arrests notorious Russian hacker

Apr 11, 2017 - 10:46 AM

US authorities say Piotr or Peter Levashov had operated the Kelihos network of tens of thousands of infected computers stealing personal data and sending spam emails by the millions

Protect 2017, a private-public partnership on security and safety

Mar 21, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The only government private sector partnership devoted to security and safety will hold its annual conference on March 29 to 30 at the SMX Convention Center Pasay City Philippines

Photos shows ‘Doing Business Amidst New Threats’ conference of PROTECT 2016 last March 2-3, 2016 at SMX Convention Center.

Globe unveils hi-tech security center to fight cyber attacks

Mar 15, 2017 - 4:54 PM

The telco reinforces its data and network defenses for itself and potential clients as cyber threats mount

Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

EU security chief issues wake-up call over cyber threats

Jan 24, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Cybercrime cost the European economy nearly 60 billion euros 64 billion in 2016 and the bill will continue to rise says EU security commissioner Julian King

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 24, 2017

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:16 AM

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In this file photo, a Lao police security stands guard at the entrance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Merkel faces more Russian disinformation ahead of Germany poll – source

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:39 AM

France and the Netherlands are also likely targets as they too go to the polls with populist anti EU figures strongly in the running after Donald Trump s upset US election victory

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sits in the Bundestag (Lower house of parliament) in Berlin on January 19, 2017. Nay Nietfeld/DPA/AFP

Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaks source Manning

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others including Chelsea Manning in one of his final acts as president

FREE SOON. This file photo taken on August 22, 2013 shows Bradley Manning in wig and make-up as Chelsea Manning. US Army/Handout/AFP

Trump taps Giuliani as cybersecurity guru

Jan 12, 2017 - 11:31 PM

Donald Trump says immediate attention and input from private sector leaders is required to help the government plan to make us more secure

RUDY GIULIANI. This file photo taken on January 11, 2017 shows former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani walking throught the lobby at Trump Tower in New York. File photo by Timothy A. Clary / AFP

Menkominfo Rudiantara: Info viral soal ‘big data cyber security’ itu hoax

Jan 06, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Pemerintah mempercepat pembentukan Badan Siber Nasional untuk proteksi kegiatan siber

ARE WE 'CYBERSECURE'? The recent incidents concerning Comelec highlight the state of cybersecurity in the Philippines.

Trump doubtful as U.S. spy chiefs to testify on Russian hacking

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The American public could get a better idea of the strength of the evidence on the alleged hacking as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing

US President-elect Donald Trump answers questions from the media after a day of meetings on December 28, 2016 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Don Emmert/AFP

Putin himself involved in U.S. election hack – report

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:57 AM

UPDATED US intelligence officials now believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in hacking during the American election campaign as part of a vendetta against Hillary Clinton NBC News reports

In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting with representatives of business community at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, on February 3, 2016. Sergei Karpukhin/Pool/AFP

Yahoo reveals new hack, this time a billion-plus users

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:54 AM

UPDATED Yahoo says more than a billion users may have had data stolen in a hack dating back to 2013 – separate from its previously disclosed breach affecting 500 million

A billboard for the technology company Yahoo is seen August 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Trump defends diplomat pick Tillerson against critics

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have expressed concerns over ExxonMobil s Rex Tillerson s ties to Russia

Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson smiles during a discussion organized by the Economic Club of Washington in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. Congress, at odds with Trump, eyes Russia hack probe

Dec 13, 2016 - 8:17 AM

The president elect has dismissed the intelligence reports as ridiculous defying an increasing number of senators from his own party as well as top Democrats the Central Intelligence Agency and the outgoing White House

A man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

New hacking attempt on Saudi government computers

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Symantec says the aggressive disc wiping malware Shamoon has made a surprise comeback and was used in a fresh wave of attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia

Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:37 PM

The warning comes as almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Sunday November 27 with Germany s online security chief describing it as a hacking attack

Evening sun shines on the skyline of Berlin on July 11, 2013. Matthias Balk/DPA/AFP

5 safety tips from Facebook

Oct 25, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Want to make sure your Facebook profile is secure? Check out these tips

Clinton blames Trump, WikiLeaks, Moscow after new leaks

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:14 PM

While there have been no major damaging revelations the massive leak does lift the veil on Team Clinton s inner workings

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton boards her plane at Westchester County Airport October 4, 2016 in White Plains, New York. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

WATCH: 2016 Milken Institute Asia Summit

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:23 AM

Watch the livestream of this year s Asia Summit by the Milken Institute on Rappler

North Korea hacked into emails of Seoul officials – report

Aug 01, 2016 - 9:45 AM

Investigations show 56 people – including officials at the foreign defense and unification ministries – had their email passwords stolen by a North Korea operated group from January to June

No charges in Clinton email probe, Trump cries foul

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:04 AM

UPDATED US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she accepts the FBI s recommendation that no charges be brought against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch listens at a press conference on June 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Allison Shelley/Getty Images/AFP

Morgan Stanley penalized $1M over data theft

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The US Securities and Exchange Commission says the bank failed to adequately protect customer information

epa04637624 (FILE) A file photo dated 20 January 2011 shows a sign at the Morgan Stanley office in New York, New York, USA. The financial company Morgan Stanley on 25 February 2015 agreed to pay 2.6 US billion dollar to settle an investigation into its role in the 2008 financial crisis, becoming the latest firm to reach such a deal with the government. Over the past two years, Bank of America has agreed to a record settlement of 16.65 billion US dollar; Citigroup has made a seven-billion US dollar settlement; and JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay 13 billion US dollar. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT