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MGM Resorts faces lawsuit over breach exposing 10.6 million guests' data

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:43 PM

The personal details of hotel guests, which includes celebrities, government officials, tech CEOs, and reporters, are said to have been posted in a hacking forum

Mitsubishi Electric data may have been compromised in cyberattack

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:08 PM

Mitsubishi Electric says it has confirmed highly sensitive information in the defense, power, and railway sectors are unaffected

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC. A file photo taken December 7, 2019, shows the sign of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on its headquarters in Tokyo. Photo by Kyodo News

Activists fear censorship as Russia tests internet for 'security'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Russia troubleshoots its internet system to prevent cyberattacks, but activists fear of more censorship to come

CYBERSECURITY. Moscow seeks to protect its internet system from attacks. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Will PH military be China's unwitting accessory to data breach?

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases

Military report confirms spying risks in deal with China-backed telco

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal

Fingerprint login should be a secure defense for our data, but most of us don't use it properly

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Touch ID technology was designed to enhance security and usability, and it would have, if people hailed its initial purpose and kept stronger passcodes

BIOMETRICS. Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. Image from Shutterstock

Duterte executive order reorganizes national cybersecurity committee

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

With Executive Order 95, the Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary replaces the Department of Science and Technology Secretary as a co-chair of the committee

UK Labour suffers 'major cyberattack' ahead of election

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The Labour Party says some of its campaign activities were slowed but were restored by early Tuesday and are now back to normal

Close to 250,000 WannaCry infection attempts in PH stopped in August alone – report

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The Philippines accounts for 5.8% of the 4.3 million WannaCry infection attempts in August of this year that were detected and stopped by security firm Sophos.

Airbus hit by series of cyberattacks on suppliers – security sources

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:34 PM

There have been 4 major attacks on Airbus in the last 12 months, according to two security sources involved in investigating the hacking

Millions of patient medical records freely accessible online

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Some 16 million records are available 'unprotected on the internet and available to anyone with basic computer expertise,' reports say

Almost entire population of Ecuador has online data leaked

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The breach exposes citizens' full names, dates and places of birth, education levels, phone numbers and national identity card numbers

76% of devices in healthcare facilities in PH infected by malicious code

Sep 14, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Philippines has the most number of infected medical devices in Southeast Asia, and is second worst among countries in the world after Venezuela, experts from Kaspersky say

MEDICAL CYBERSECURITY. Kaspersky cybersecurity experts discuss the state of security at medical institutions at an event in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Kyle Chua

Kaspersky Lab to tackle threats in healthcare at annual cybersecurity event

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:54 PM

This year’s summit is taking place at Yangon, Myanmar on September 5

Twitter CEO hack highlights dangers of 'SIM swap' fraud

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Dorsey is a victim of the 'SIM swap' fraud which lets fraudsters trick a mobile carrier into transferring a number, potentially causing a big security hole

JACK DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Google reveals years-long 'indiscriminate' iPhone hack

Aug 30, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Google reports a two-year iPhone hacking operation that exposed user photos, live user location information, and other data

Data breach at webhost Hostinger exposes 14 million users

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:32 PM

An unauthorized third party temporarily gained access to non-financial details of 14 million users, reports Hostinger

Capital One data breach hits 100M credit card applications – firm

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Bank says no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised

CAPITAL ONE. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2019 A US flag flies above the Capital One Bank Headquarters in New York City.  Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Data breach hits Sephora, Philippine customers affected

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Sephora offers a free data monitoring service in some of the affected regions, but not in the Philippines due to certain 'local regulatory requirements'

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Journalists investigating Russia targeted by cyberattacks – ProtonMail

Jul 28, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The phishing attack, which sought to dupe users into sharing their ProtonMail passwords, is aimed at journalists from the website Bellingcat, which helped identify the agents who poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain

Japan firm says $32 million missing in cryptocurrency hack

Jul 12, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The apparent hack is discovered after an error appeared in the firm's outgoing funds transfer system on Thursday night, July 11

British Airways fined £183m over computer theft of passenger data

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:58 PM

In a statement, IAG says the UK Information Commissioner’s Office intends to issue the airline with a penalty notice under the UK Data Protection Act, totalling £183.39 million or around $229.7 million

BRITISH AIRWAYS. A British Airways Airbus A320 commercial plane with registration G-TTOB is landing at Geneva Airport on March 22, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Troy Hunt looking to sell Have I Been Pwned

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Troy Hunt is working with KPMG to help find potential buyers to help him fulfill the goals of HIBP as a transparent location that'll allow consumers to have a free, growing resource which would aid in information security for everyone

Flipboard user account information exposed in breach

May 30, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Flipboard says the attacker 'potentially obtained copies of certain databases containing Flipboard user information between June 2, 2018 and March 23, 2019 and April 21 to 22, 2019'

Online trove of Instagram influencer info left unguarded

May 21, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Instagram is trying to determine how more than 49 million records worth of private contact information was amassed in an unguarded online database

UNGUARDED INSTAGRAM. This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows an attendee taking a photo of the instagram logo during a press event at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/AFP

Over 25,000 Linksys routers leaking information on connected devices

May 20, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Linksys says the issue may be occurring on unpatched routers or those whose settings did not have a firewall enabled

Huawei chairman says ready to sign 'no-spy' deal with UK

May 15, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'We are willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves, to commit our equipment to meeting the no-spy, no back-door standards,' Huawei chairman Liang Hua says

CIA says Huawei received state funding – report

Apr 22, 2019 - 4:34 PM

The Times' report says it's the 'most serious claim' linking Huawei to the Chinese government

Data privacy 101: How does one manage data breaches and security incidents?

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

When does a data breach need to be reported by a company? Privacy experts explain

Bayer confirms cyber attack but says no data stolen

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Bayer 'detected indications of (hacker group) Winnti infections at the beginning of 2018,' a spokesman says, but adds there is 'no evidence of data outflow'

Cyberattack vs alternative media traced to PH-based attacker

Mar 30, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The attacker is Philippine-based, is likely a native Mandarin speaker, and uses the Telegram name 'P4p3r,' says a report by Swedish nonprofit Qurium

UK identifies fresh Huawei risks to telecom networks

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Huawei is the leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks, but some Western nations bar it amid fears Beijing could gain access to sensitive communications and critical infrastructure

Key things to know about China's Cybersecurity Law

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:00 PM

What is China's cybersecurity law like? Learn more about the key aspects of China's cybersecurity law in this piece.

U.S. ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from Huawei

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:56 AM

US General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, says that they're not going to communicate with Berlin if Huawei is inside their defense communications

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Iranian hackers caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Microsoft researchers say the attackers stole secrets and wiped data from networks after targeting thousands of people at some 200 companies over the past two years

China's telecom dominance a security challenge – UK's GCHQ

Feb 25, 2019 - 6:38 PM

As countries move to roll out ultra-fast 5G mobile networks, concerns are mounting that Beijing could use hardware provided by Chinese firms to spy on Western governments

JEREMY FLEMING. Jeremy Fleming, director of Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), United Kingdom's intelligence, security and cyber agency, delivers an address n Singapore on February 25, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/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'

Huawei 'shocked, amused' by espionage accusations

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Huawei decries allegations as the US continues to campaign against the Chinese tech giant in Europe

Australia using new decryption powers even before planned review

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Federal Police reveals agents have already used the new decryption law while investigating drug trafficking and child exploitation cases

Data breaches are inevitable – here’s how to protect yourself anyway

Jan 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

University of Dayton cybersecurity experts suggest simplifying your approach by focusing on what information you most want to protect

Hacker uses Nest camera to broadcast hoax nuke alert

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:14 PM

A couple in California was shocked when a Nest security camera atop their family's television issued a realistic-sounding warning of missiles heading to the United States from North Korea

Facebook removes 471 Russian-linked pages for using fake accounts

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:43 PM

One operation is said to have links to Sputnik, a Moscow-based news agency, and affected Central and Eastern European countries. The second Russia-linked operation operated specifically in Ukraine.

DICT launches Cybersecurity Management System Project for gov't agencies

Jan 16, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The project is a unified platform with which the DICT can assist government agencies with cybersecurity concerns

CYBERSECURITY PROJECT. George Barcelon, left, president of ICS, and Allan Cabanlong, DICT assistant secretary for cybersecurity at the launch of DICT's cybersecurity project. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Vietnam accuses Facebook of breaching new cyber law

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Vietnam also accuses Facebook of hosting advertisements for 'illegal products' including counterfeit money, fake goods, weapons and firecrackers

20-year-old German confesses to massive data hack spurred by 'annoyance'

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'The accused said he published the data because he had been annoyed by certain statements made by those affected,' a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecution service's internet crime office ZIT, tells a press conference

DATA HACK. Picture taken on January 4, 2019 shows the website of the German Bundestag with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel displayed on the screen of a laptop. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

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Massive data leak targets German officials including Merkel

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The information, which comprised home addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents from German politicians, is first released via Twitter in December but its spread gathered pace this week

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Human rights groups slam the new cybersecurity law, saying that it is a 'pervasive' and 'totalitarian model of information control'

Huawei expects 21% revenue rise despite 'unfair' treatment

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:09 PM

'Setbacks will only makes us more courageous, and incredibly unfair treatment will drive us to become the world's number one,' says Huawei chairman Guo Ping as the company expects a revenue of $108.5 billion for 2018

Britain voices 'grave' concerns over China's Huawei

Dec 27, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'I have grave, very deep concerns about Huawei providing the 5G network in Britain. It's something we'd have to look at very closely,' British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson is quoted as saying by The Times.

CONCERNS ABOUT HUAWEI. 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