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Computer Network Security

Cyber thieves get clever

Network safety has become the top priority for companies as cyber theft has increased markedly over the years. Despite firewalls, cyber criminals have penetrated well-protected websites.

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012, 12:00am

Inventive criminals catch us out on web

The huge expansion of, and widespread access to, high-speed internet access has fuelled the rapid growth in personal communication over the past 30 years. From the early days of costly, power-hungry mobile phones that were as big and as heavy as a briefcase, we moved to now long-obsolete pagers.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Take a stand for your freedom of expression

'Students weren't able to do their homework due to the Wikipedia blackout - damn the Stop Online Piracy Act [Sopa]'.

All jokes aside, Sopa is serious business - it has actually been talked about since late October last year, but didn't really seem to catch on among students until this month, when petitions were shared on social networking websites.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Invisible intruders

Online activity is a major part of our daily lives. Rarely a day passes when we don't either send or receive information through cyberspace. That means criminals have many ways to get what they want. And what they want is information - personal information that, at times, you take for granted as being safe.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Prevention better than cure

Cyber attacks, such as the recent assault on the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) website, have helped to raise awareness of the need for protection, but the city's small businesses are advised to be more proactive.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Social networking sites pose password dangers

Risks of identity theft and computer fraud are growing at a fast rate, driven by the rapid expansion of internet social networking into people's homes and workplaces.

The protection against identity theft requires a multiprong approach, according to Sam Tong, a security consultant at Hong Kong.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Vulnerable companies should step up defences

Keeping pace with the need for advanced internet security technology to combat threats from hackers and malware intrusions is a demanding task, but a plethora of software is available.

Hong Kong websites and internet systems are bombarded with thousands of potentially damaging attacks on a daily basis.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'Arms race' in bid to protect information

When Michael Gazeley hears of incidents like the recent attack on the stock exchange website, his first reaction is usually one of surprise. Not at the gall or ingenuity of the perpetrators, but at the latest target's apparent lack of knowledge and preparedness.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Firm aided HKEx after web breach

Weeks after cyber attackers crashed the Hong Kong stock exchange's regulatory disclosure website, a United States-based information technology company has emerged as a key player that helped the exchange resume operations.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Site bans tools to breach firewall

Taobao, the mainland's biggest internet retail services provider, has banned the sale of virtual private networks and IP proxies, which can bypass the Great Firewall of China that blocks politically sensitive content.

Some internet users expressed concerned that it has become more troublesome to buy VPNs, while others doubt the effectiveness of the ban.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Now we're really hacked off

While the news that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's website was hacked on Wednesday made waves across the city, perhaps the most significant thing about the revelation was that it was announced at all.

Cyber attacks are carried out on Hong Kong companies every day, but on the internet they are intangible - out of sight of the public if not of the organisation.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Beware of Trojan shopping site links

A computer security watchdog warned consumers yesterday to be on alert for a large-scale malicious attack that compromised 2,000 online shopping websites in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Co-ordination Centre said that in the last week or so more than 90,000 websites had been infected globally, with more than 2,000 of them local sites.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland-born IT whiz finds China favours its locals

Mainland-born engineer and entrepreneur Ken Xie, who established three computer network security companies in the United States, has found it difficult to expand business in his native country as well as he has in international markets.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Innovators prepare to tap new markets

The grand award winners in the Hong Kong Awards for Industries 2011 recognise the importance of innovation as an integral part of their development of new business.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Another blow for mainland web users

Hundreds of thousands of internet users on the mainland are being denied access to many foreign websites because of the widespread disruption of a popular internet tool used to bypass the 'Great Firewall'.

It has raised fears that it could be the latest action by Beijing to restrict internet freedom.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am