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.

Shares in Chinese online travel agent Ctrip plunge after hack attack stops service

Ctrip, China's largest online travel agent, with a more than 45 per cent market share, was taken offline by hackers on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

The website of Ctrip, China's biggest online travel agent, was unresponsive for several hours today after it was hacked by unknown individuals.

Thursday, 28 May, 2015, 7:33pm

Security holes in websites of universities in China put private information of millions at risk

Major vulnerabilities have been found in the websites of thousands of Chinese universities. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of high-risk vulnerabilities have been found on the websites of more than 1,000 Chinese universities.

21 May 2015 - 11:45am

China blames overseas hacking attack for internet problems on foreign websites

China blames overseas servers for a hacking attack that saw social media users redirected away from popular foreign websites. Photo: EPA

'Contaminated' servers redirect social media users from and games website to a software website and travel website

1 May 2015 - 5:50pm 1 comment

Cybersecurity now high on the risk list for global companies: survey

Cyber crime is increasingly taking up the time of national and international policing bodies. Photo: AFP

Concerns over cybersecurity and hacking have become a top 10 risk for businesses, according to an annual survey of global companies and managers.

1 May 2015 - 12:51pm

Big data, big traps: How massive stores of personal information can be misused

While big data can bring enormous economic and societal benefits, they have potential ramifications for privacy and data protection. Photo: Shutterstock

Advances in information and communications technology have led to the phenomenon of “big data”. Vast quantities of data are generated, gathered, stored, linked and analysed with phenomenal ease and efficiency.

30 Apr 2015 - 5:12pm 3 comments

Russian hackers reportedly read Obama's unclassified emails

Russian hackers breached the White House's unclassified computer system. Photo: EPA

Emails to and from President Barack Obama were read by Russian hackers in a breach of the White House's unclassified computer system, The New York Times said.

27 Apr 2015 - 8:53am

Anti-censorship technology uses online video games to bypass Chinese internet restrictions

Gamers play Starcraft at an industry trade show in Germany. New technology uses online strategy games to transmit data and bypass censorship tools. Photo: Reuters

New technology developed by US researchers can transmit messages through popular multiplayer online games, making it very difficult for censors to detect and block.

27 Apr 2015 - 9:38am

Pentagon declares cyberwarfare 'an option' in conflicts for the first time

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter (right), pictured with Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Martin Dempsey, is in California trying to reach out to tech firms for help on cybersecurity. Photo: AFP

A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the US military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies.

24 Apr 2015 - 5:06am 8 comments

China's cybersecurity rules could backfire: Huawei boss

Huawei would gain more contracts if foreign products were kept out of China, CEO Eric Xu admits, but he says the overall quality of technology in the country could drop. Photo: Reuters

China can ensure its information security in the long run only if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's chief executive Eric Xu says.

23 Apr 2015 - 10:42am 3 comments

US cybersecurity firm claims to be 'first' to successfully stop Chinese hackers mid-attack

US cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike claims to have developed a new tactic for defeating hackers: fighting them off. Photo: Reuters

A US cybersecurity firm has said it successfully stopped a Chinese hacking team mid-operation, the first time this has been done.

21 Apr 2015 - 1:11pm 3 comments

Chinese hackers spying on governments in Southeast Asia and India ‘for a decade’

According to web security firm FireEye, Chinese hackers have been spying on governments and businesses in Southeast Asia and India uninterrupted for a decade. Photo: EPA

In a new report, security firm FireEye said the cyber espionage operations dated back to at least 2005 and 'focused on targets ... who hold key political, economic and military information about the region'.

17 Apr 2015 - 6:44pm 9 comments

China to work with EU on cybersecurity as Xi wraps up Europe tour

Xi Jinping with Europe's Herman van Rompuy. Photo: Xinhua

China intends to work more closely with the EU over cybersecurity, the central government has announced, a move analysts say is aimed at boosting capabilities at home and easing fears abroad of a "China threat".

5 Apr 2014 - 3:19am 1 comment

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.

14 Jan 2014 - 12:25pm

Sina Weibo users unleash scathing criticism of US hacking 'hypocrisy'

Snowden's interview with SCMP is translated into Chinese and goes viral on Weibo. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

Revelations by Edward Snowden that Washington has been hacking mainland China and Hong Kong for years triggered scathing criticism from Sina Weibo users, many of whom have previously held the US government as a role model for protecting human rights and freedom of speech.

14 Jun 2013 - 8:57am 10 comments

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