Cybersecurity | South China Morning Post
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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.

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.

Friday, 17 April, 2015, 6:44pm 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

US lawmakers offer cybersecurity olive branch

Mike Rogers. Photo: AP

Backers of a cybersecurity bill which stalled in Congress last year offered changes on Monday in an effort to ease concerns of privacy and civil liberties activists.

9 Apr 2013 - 6:44pm

Cybersecurity focus of next Nato meeting

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. Photo: EPA

With cyberthreats escalating, the next meeting of Nato defence ministers will include a major focus on cybersecurity, Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta said.

Panetta said he called on Nato to address the issue, as the cyberthreat from other nations and hackers continues to grow.

23 Feb 2013 - 8:17pm