Snowden's message was 'Big Brother and everyone else is watching', says security expert

Edward Snowden's revelations of cyberspying were a wake-up call for firms complacent about their internet security. Photo: AFP

Outspoken security expert Michael Gazeley has long said many businesses in Hong Kong are ill-prepared against internet threats.

Tuesday, 14 January, 2014, 12:25pm

US charges eight for global cybercrime targeting banks and government

Citigroup was one of the banks targeted by the international cybercrime scheme. Photo: Reuters

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey on Wednesday unveiled criminal charges against eight people accused of trying to steal at least US$15 million from US customers in an international cybercrime scheme targeting accounts at 15 financial institutions and government agencies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

British lawmakers blast failure to monitor Huawei

Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei (right) meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London last year. Photo: AFP

British lawmakers have blasted the government for risking national security by failing to monitor the widespread use of Chinese equipment in Britain's phone and broadband networks.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:50am

Silicon Valley to be front line of global cyber war

US President Barack Obama meets with China's Vice President Xi Jinping in the White House in Washington in February 2012. Photo: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security on Friday in California, but experts say the state’s Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.

4 Jun 2013 - 6:31pm

China and US need to co-operate to lessen threat of cyberattacks

Investigators have traced a coordinated cyberattack that paralyzed tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies to a Chinese Internet Protocol address. Photo: AP

Talk that cyberattacks could bring nations to their knees seemed far-fetched until Wednesday, when major banks and broadcasters in South Korea were paralysed by co-ordinated viruses. ATM machines stopped working and television reporters were left staring at blank screens. A day later, only one of the banks had its systems back online.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am

US 'responsible for more than half of cyberattacks on China'

US 'responsible for more than half of cyberattacks on China'

The United States was the origin of more than half the successful cyberattacks on the mainland in the first two of months of this year, a central government internet security agency says.

12 Mar 2013 - 5:56am

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

HKUST probes US firm's claims of hacking

The university campus in Clear Water Bay. Photo: Oliver Tsang

The University of Science and Technology has expressed "serious concerns" about a US company's claims that it is a source of cyberattacks against the United States and launched an investigation into the matter. HKUST was named in a report this week by American internet security firm Mandiant, which claimed that a Chinese military cyberspy unit was targeting the US and other foreign companies with cyberattacks in which the school's network was involved.

22 Feb 2013 - 5:44am 4 comments

Digest: The New Newsroom

Digest: The New Newsroom

#DigitalChina: China No 1 in netizens - and cyberattacks -- South China Morning Post 

#NewNewsroom: THE NEW NEWSROOM -- Think Like An Editor

25 Jan 2013 - 12:14am

'Hackers using China's novices'

Where cyberattack traffic originated in the third quarter last year (%)

China will probably retain its position as the world's biggest source of cyberattacks for quite a while, given the large number of internet users in the country.

According to the "State of the Internet" report for the third quarter of 2012, which was released by Akamai on Wednesday, a third of all computer attacks came from China.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:58am

Smartphones need antivirus protection too: computer experts

Almost 90 per cent of smartphone users are unaware of the need to install antivirus applications on their phones.

Almost 90 per cent of smartphone users are unaware of the need to install antivirus applications on their phones, computer experts have warned.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:28am 3 comments