Computer Crimes

Five arrested over stolen customer records

Police have arrested five people accused of stealing the personal information of 156 people from a telecoms operator and using it to buy HK$110,000 worth of online game cards.

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 4:12am

Should people be allowed to obscure their identities online?

Matthew Murchie, 18, Imperial College London

The internet's widespread influence and easy accessibility has opened doors to new methods of crime.

These include fraud, cyber-bullying and identity theft.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Charge of the byte brigade

The word 'cyberbully' entered the Oxford English Dictionary in August, although it has been in use for several years to describe someone who poses what has become the most common online risk for teenagers, sometimes with tragic consequences.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Harsher penalties for cybercrime

The authorities are tightening their grip on cybercrimes by imposing stricter penalties.

The Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate jointly issued a legal interpretation on Monday that will make the purchase, sale and cover-up of illegally obtained computer data a criminal offence.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Net security aid offers shunned, firm says

An award-winning internet security company says that its rich resources are ready and waiting to inform and protect the public from online threats - but a government watchdog is standing in the way.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Online menace

Members of the younger generation in today's Hong Kong are different from their parents, who grew up watching only television. Technology, in the form of the internet, has given them a more interactive medium, with two-way communication and an ability to have a say in things and express opinions.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am

New weapon to fight hi-tech crime

Crime fighters hope software to be introduced soon will help foil computer crooks who are using ever more sophisticated ways to hide evidence.

The police technology crime division will use the software to collect data from computers that might have been used in crimes.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Internet shaming

The MySpace hoax which led to the death of Megan Meier has fuelled an internet firestorm. Initial reports had refused to disclose the names of cyber-bullying masterminds - the parents of one of Meier's former friends - reasoning that they had to protect the girl. Yet angry neighbours have now disclosed their identities online.The result has been a country-wide boycott.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Telecoms chief rejects cyber-attack claims

A senior telecommunications official said that computer hackers - not their home countries - should be blamed for rampant cyber-attacks around the globe, and that the mainland's internet security has also been undermined by internet espionage.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

City a phishing paradise, Web survey shows

HK No 2 in regional cyber fraud

Hong Kong hosts the second largest number of fraudulent websites in the region, an internet security report reveals.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Bullies in cyberspace

Bullies often single out the weaker students in school for verbal or physical abuse.

While traditional bullies find their victims in playgrounds or along school corridors, internet-savvy teenagers are using hi-tech weapons to torment their peers.

With the rising popularity of the internet and digital gadgets, cyberspace has become a new frontier for bullies.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Silent attackers strike the Net

CYBER THREATS have evolved to silently steal data for profit without alerting even the most vigilant user, according to a semi-annual internet security threat report released by security provider Symantec last month.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Phishing attacks forecast to nearly triple next year

This may be the season to be jolly, but consumers and businesses can expect their worst fears about phishing and other online scams to come true.

Phishing attacks are expected to almost triple in number over the next 12 months, as organised crime rings expand their areas of activity and push more sophisticated fraud schemes over the internet.

7 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Tough stance needed to stop phishing

Theft of personal financial information by online scammers had now reached proportions that required authorities to do more than issue warnings, said a leading internet security provider.

20 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Internet banking scams on the rise

Internet crime using bogus financial websites and fake bank e-mails surged drastically in the first quarter of the year, the Security Bureau said yesterday.

There were 110 reports of fake bank e-mails and 12 of bogus financial websites between January and March.

6 May 2004 - 12:00am