Computer Hacking

Finland foreign ministry hit by extensive data spying activity

Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja at a press conference in Helsinki on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Finland's security police are investigating an "extensive" breach of the foreign ministry's data network, according to foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja.

Saturday, 2 November, 2013, 4:09am

Chinese hackers mount fresh attacks - and smarter than ever, says US security firm

China denies responsibility for cyberattacks on The New York Times. Photo: Reuters

The hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on "an organisation involved in shaping economic policy", experts have warned.

14 Aug 2013 - 11:00am 3 comments

Heavy jail terms for British members of global hacking gang

British members of the international hacking gang LulzSec Ryan Ackroyd

Some of the longest ever jail sentences for hacking were handed down to four British members of the global computer hackers' gang LulzSec, who masterminded a string of sophisticated cyberattacks on major institutions from their bedrooms.

18 May 2013 - 2:17am

Self-proclaimed leader of LulzSec hacking group arrested

Forensics officers examining items during a search warrant following the arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of the LulzSec international hacker group at a town 75km north of Sydney.  Photo: AFP

A self-proclaimed leader of the LulzSec international hacking group has been arrested in Australia, police say, after charging him with attacking and defacing a government website. The 24-year-old information technology professional, who went by the online identity "ozshock", was seized at his office in a town 80 kilometres north of Sydney on Tuesday.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:41am

South Korea raises cyber attack alert after networks suffer crashes

The Korea Internet Security Agency assesses the attacks. Photo: AFP

The South Korean military raised its cyberattack warning level after computer networks crashed at major TV broadcasters and banks, with initial suspicions focused on North Korea. The state-run Korea Internet Security Agency said computer networks at three TV broadcasters - KBS, MBC and YTN - as well as the Shinhan and Nonghyup banks had been "partially or entirely crippled".

21 Mar 2013 - 4:10am

Xi Jinping offers Seoul 'assistance' in Korean reconciliation

Bank clerks tend an ATM after a cyber attack in Seoul. Photo: AP

It was the newly elevated leader's first public statement about the Korean peninsula since Pyongyang carried out its third nuclear test in February, following a long-range rocket launch in December.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:34am

US hacker jailed for 41 months for exposing AT&T security flaw

Andrew Auernheimer in his police photograph. Photo: Reuters

A US judge has ordered a 41-month prison sentence for a self-described "security research" hacker for breaking into the AT&T online network in a case criticised by digital rights activists.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:24am

Li Keqiang urges US and China to end cyber claims against each other

Shanghai office where Chinese hackers allegedly attacked US.

Premier Li Keqiang called on both China and the United States to avoid making "groundless accusations" against each other concerning cyber security as he vowed to work with US President Barack Obama to build a "new type of relationship" between the two nations.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:28am

Obama adds voice to accusations of China hacking

“We’ve made it very clear to China ... we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules," said US President Barack Obama. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama entered the fray on Wednesday on cyber attacks from China, saying some intrusions affecting US firms and infrastructure were “state sponsored”.

The comments appeared to step up the rhetoric against China following similar remarks from other members of the US administration.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China and Syria named as worst for online spying

The “Chinese Communist Party runs one of the world’s biggest digital empires, if not the biggest”, RSF said. Photo: AP

China, Syria, Iran, Bahrain and Vietnam are flagrantly spying online, media watchdog RSF said on Tuesday, urging controls on the export of internet surveillance tools to regimes clamping down on dissent.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Who said it?

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

They may develop and use some even more destructive viruses, something equivalent to nuclear bombs

Engineer Tang Wei on the future of computer hacking


There's so much about church that has nothing to do with God

Sanderson Jones, co-founder of London's atheist church


12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

China reportedly involved in online hacks of Australia central bank

Computer networks at the Reserve Bank of Australia had been hacked, some reportedly by Chinese-developed malware searching for sensitive information, officials said yesterday.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:53am

Community service for hacker who crashed HKU online poll

Vincent Chan Cheuk-yin leaves Fan Ling Magistrates Court after being sentenced for crashing a university website running a mock chief executive poll. Photo: Felix Wong

A man who disrupted a University of Hong Kong website running a mock universal suffrage election for the chief executive position was sentenced on Monday to perform 160 hours of community service.

11 Mar 2013 - 11:58pm

Websites in Czech Republic hit by series of cyber attacks

The Czech Republic has been hit by an unprecedented wave of cyber attacks this week, with investigators stumped over their origin amid concerns they could lead to worse mayhem.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:26am

How they see it

US internet security firm Mandiant accused Chinese army of cyberattacks against US websites. Photo: Reuters

The US internet security firm Mandiant claimed cyberattacks against US websites were traced to a building in Shanghai owned by the Chinese army. 

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am