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.

With departure of Ashley Madison chief, hackers again show they can take down corporate hotshots

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman stepped down after hackers released embarrassing details about the website. Photo: Reuters

Infidelity website Ashley Madison split with chief executive Noel Biderman, after hackers revealed the company that encouraged people to have illicit affairs wasn’t very good at keeping its own customers’ secrets.

Saturday, 29 August, 2015, 3:56pm 1 comment

White House should threaten Great Firewall to curb Chinese cyber attacks, experts say as Obama-Xi summit nears

US President Barack Obama is expected to take a firm line on the issue of hacking during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit. Photo: AP

As the world recalls how two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan to end the second world war in Asia 70 years ago, a digital deterrent of a similar magnitude could be Washington’s only way to stop cyber attacks from the latest Asian aggressor, China, experts say.

28 Aug 2015 - 10:47am 10 comments

Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House

President Barack Obama will raise cybersecurity issues with Chinese president Xi Jinping, the White House said this week. Photo: AP

The White House said on Wednesday that president Barack Obama will "no doubt" raise concerns about China's cyber security behaviour when he meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping next month.

Obama will host Xi at the White House in September for a state visit. The United States has alleged Chinese hackers have stolen information from US computer servers.

27 Aug 2015 - 9:27am 2 comments

Difficult-to-remove Android multitasking bug could leave smartphones open to hijacking

The hugely popular Android smartphone operating system may have a fundamental security flaw that leaves it open to hack attacks. Photo: Bloomberg

A security hole discovered by researchers in Google's Android operating system could leave smartphones vulnerable to hijacking.

In a series of videos posted on YouTube, researchers from the Cyber Security Lab of Pennsylvania State University demonstrated how the vulnerability could be exploited by a malicious app to take control of someone's phone.

27 Aug 2015 - 8:40am 1 comment

VPN down: China goes after Astrill, other anti-censorship apps in run up to WW2 anniversary parade

VPN down: China goes after Astrill, other anti-censorship apps in run up to WW2 anniversary parade

A number of services used to get around Chinese internet restrictions have been taken down or disrupted in the run up to a major parade in Beijing next week to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war.

Popular virtual private network (VPN) provider Astrill warned users on Wednesday that they may suffer service outages between now and the parade on September 3.

26 Aug 2015 - 3:01pm 12 comments

Tread carefully when perusing leaked Ashley Madison data, Hong Kong privacy watchdog warns

Hackers released the date of 37 million users. Photo: SCMP Pictures

It may be fine to browse or share a link to the leaked data from infidelity dating site Ashley Madison, but people who identify individuals’ information and encourage others to look at it may have breached data protection rules, Hong Kong’s privacy watchdog says.

21 Aug 2015 - 9:48pm 1 comment

Chinese hackers spying on Tibetan groups in India for years, experts say

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was welcomed by India in 1959 but is still perceived as a threat by Beijing. Photo: EPA

Chinese hackers are believed to have targeted Tibetan exile groups in India that Beijing views as a threat for at least four years, despite China denying any official involvement in hacking.

One advanced team has been zeroing in on organisations there to steal information related to border disputes and Tibetan exile groups, according to cybersecurity firm FireEye.

22 Aug 2015 - 4:15am

Thousands of Hongkongers outed: Ashley Madison members brace for fallout from hacked data of 37 million users

It is only a matter of time before the data from the Ashley Madison hack is freely searchable online. Photo: AP

Users of Ashley Madison, the pro-infidelity dating website, are at risk of being outed after hackers dumped details of around 37 million accounts online.

20 Aug 2015 - 2:37pm 2 comments

Ashley Madison hackers publish data on cheating site, '' emails spotted among Hong Kong user details

Millions of Ashley Madison customers the world over have now had their details made public. Photo: Reuters

Hackers who breached the servers of infidelity dating site Ashley Madison last month have allegedly followed up on their threat to post the service's user database. 

20 Aug 2015 - 1:22pm 3 comments

With US$300 device, Chinese hackers claim they can take over drones or smart cars

The team used open source software to spoof GPS signals, tricking drones, smartphones and even smart cars about their location. Photo: AFP

Latest method of 'GPS spoofing' drastically lowers the cost involved and potentially puts technology in hands of any criminal.

11 Aug 2015 - 9:23am

As Android phones become major target for hackers, Google and Samsung to release monthly security fixes

Samsung and Google will issue regular security updates for Android phones as the devices become popular targets for hackers. Photo: AFP

Google and Samsung will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world’s most popular mobile operating system.

7 Aug 2015 - 10:03am

Chinese hackers using 'Terracotta' VPN to hijack servers of small businesses and attack government sites

'Terracotta' has reportedly been hacking into legitimate servers and selling them on to other cyber criminals. Photo: Reuters

Hackers in China have been taking control of website servers from small businesses with weak security protocols and using them to mask their attacks on bigger prizes like government data sites, according to security researchers. 

5 Aug 2015 - 1:28pm

Researchers' public wi-fi trap catches hundreds of unsecure Hong Kong smartphone users

More than 55 per cent of Hongkongers connected to public wifi hotspots set up by security researchers. Photo: SCMP

Smartphone users in Hong Kong are largely unaware of the security risks posed by public wireless networks, putting their personal data and privacy at risk, an experiment has found.

3 Aug 2015 - 8:24pm

This VPN-killer aims to make internet connections private by default, without sacrificing speed

Internet users in China rely on VPNs, which encrypt and reroute internet traffic, to get past the so-called Great Firewall and access over 2,700 blocked websites including Gmail, Facebook and Youtube. Hornet purports to be much faster. Photo: EPA

Hornet, a new technological breakthrough by researchers in London and Switzerland, claims it can make remaining anonymous online easier and faster while better protecting people’s privacy.

31 Jul 2015 - 7:14am 3 comments

United Airlines hacked by China-linked group suspected of previous US attacks

Hackers who targeted United Airlines this week are believed to be the same group responsible for an attack on the US Office of Personnel Management. Photo: Reuters

The hackers who stole data on tens of millions of US insurance holders and government employees in recent months breached another big target at around the same time -- United Airlines.

United, the world’s second-largest airline, detected an incursion into its computer systems in May or early June, said several people familiar with the probe.

30 Jul 2015 - 2:42pm 3 comments