From black hat hackers attempting to break into government computer systems, to white hat security experts working to crack and improve protections on popular internet browsers, cybersecurity affects us all. Every day hackers steal millions of pieces of personal data and, as former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed, sometimes it may be our own governments doing the snooping.

Popular VPNs may dodge China's Great Firewall, but also 'leak sensitive data': report

Users of popular virtual private network services may be under a misconception about how secure their data is, researchers warn. Photo: EPA

Fourteen of the world's most popular virtual private network (VPN) services may be leaking sensitive customer data, a new report has revealed.

Friday, 3 July, 2015, 11:46pm 3 comments

One in every 10 Android apps 'contains malicious code': US-China study

Google's Sundar Pichai speaks at an event in San Francisco. New research suggests as many as one in 10 Android apps may contain malware. Photo: AP

A joint study by computer scientists from the US and mainland China found that one in every ten Android apps contained malicious code.

Using a new algorithm that could detect malware and viruses within apps in less than 10 seconds, the team scanned 1.2 million Android apps on more than 30 major app stores around the world, about a tenth of them contained malicious code.

26 Jun 2015 - 3:53pm 1 comment

UK and US spy agencies targeted Russian and Chinese anti-virus firms: Snowden leaks

Edward Snowden is shown in Hong Kong talking to Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept, which reported the latest leaks. Photo: SCMP Pictures

American and British spy agencies tried to break into popular anti-virus and computer security software to infiltrate networks and track users, according to documents leaked by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

23 Jun 2015 - 5:18pm 6 comments

Facebook’s WhatsApp blasted for failing to protect users’ rights

According to an annual report on how social media and other companies protect users' data-privacy rights, WhatsApp failed on all counts. Photo: Reuters

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is not doing a good enough job of protecting users’ rights, according to a new report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group that focuses on civil liberties online.

23 Jun 2015 - 10:45pm 1 comment

10 planes grounded in Warsaw after hack attack on state-owned carrier

Polish airline LOT said hackers attacked its computer systems, forcing the grounding of 10 planes. Photo: Wikipedia

Around 1,400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were grounded at Warsaw’s Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked the airline ground computer systems used to issue flight plans, the company said.

22 Jun 2015 - 11:31am

Have cyberwars hit sport as baseball’s Cardinals accused of hacking rival team?

St Louis Cardinals take batting practice before Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Photo: AP

The St Louis Cardinals are under investigation by US authorities probing whether officials of the Major League Baseball powerhouse hacked into the Houston Astros’ computer network to steal player personnel information, US media reported Tuesday

17 Jun 2015 - 9:54am

US panel warned of economic and national security threat posed by Chinese hackers

Groups of hackers tied to China's military are believed to be targeting American companies and institutions to further the country's economic development. Photo: Shuttlestock

Cyberespionage by hackers linked to China poses a severe threat to companies in the United States, as well as a risk to national security, a US congressional panel heard on Monday.

16 Jun 2015 - 6:07pm

One in four Hongkongers willing to hand over DNA info to banks if it means greater security

A new survey shows that users of mobile banking and other services in Hong Kong would feel safer having their fingerprints or eyes scanned. Photo: Shutterstock

Most Hongkongers would like their mobile devices to recognise them by their fingerprint, voice or another biometric option as they consider these to be safer and more convenient than typed-in passwords, a new survey shows.  

Telecommunications firm Telstra found that the majority of respondents to its poll used their smartphone as the primary channel for managing their finances. 

15 Jun 2015 - 4:03pm

Price of website disabling DDoS attacks fall to US$38 per hour as botnets proliferate in China, Vietnam

Anyone can launch distributed denial-of-service attacks for as little as US$38 an hour. Photo: Reuters

It is becoming easier than ever to launch a potentially ruinously expensive, server disabling assault against any website as criminal organisations offer distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks at cut price rates.

12 Jun 2015 - 11:00am

'China-linked' hackers stole data on every US federal employee, union claims

The US Office of Personnel Management building in Washington. Photo: Reuters

Hackers stole personnel data and identity numbers for every US federal employee, a government worker union said, adding that the cyber theft was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.

13 Jun 2015 - 12:08pm

Apple iOS 9 may make it easier for iPhone users in China to bypass internet censorship

An advert for the iPhone 5C in Kunming, China. Changes introduced in iOS 9 may make it easier for Chinese iPhone users to bypass government censorship. Photo: Reuters

An update to Apple's mobile operating system could make it easier for users in China to bypass internet filtering and censorship.

9 Jun 2015 - 6:16pm 3 comments

Obama vows to boost US cyber defences amid signs of China hacking

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference of the G7 summit at the Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, 2015. Photo: Xinhua

President Barack Obama vowed on Monday that the United States would aggressively bolster its cyber defences, as US officials said the probe into a massive breach of federal government networks has yielded growing signs of a direct Chinese role.

9 Jun 2015 - 8:30pm 2 comments

'Chinese hackers' steal data of 4 million current, former US federal workers

A foreign entity or government was believed to be behind the cyber intrusion, according to a US law enforcement source. Photo: AFP

Hackers breached the computers of the US government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers in a massive cyber attack that compromised the data of about 4 million current and former employees

5 Jun 2015 - 11:39am 3 comments

China’s state media hacked, possibly in failed blackmail attempt

China's second-biggest state-owned news agency went down for an hour Wednesday night due to a hacking attack. Photo: Reuters

One of China’s biggest news agencies was hacked for over an hour on Wednesday night in what may have been a clumsy attempt to extort money from the state-owned media outlet, local media on the Chinese mainland reported on Thursday.

4 Jun 2015 - 5:37pm

FireTweet app aims to let Chinese access Twitter freely on June 4 'internet maintenance day'

Twitter is one of many services blocked by China's so-called ''Great Firewall''. Photo: Reuters

A new app developed by a US State Department-funded anti-censorship organisation allows users in countries where Twitter is blocked, such as mainland China, to access the social network.

4 Jun 2015 - 1:21pm 4 comments