Data Security

Yahoo Japan fears 22m user IDs may have been stolen during cyberattack

Up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen. Photo: Reuters

Yahoo Japan suspects up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen during an unauthorised attempt to access the administrative system of its portal.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 8:06am

Firms should not use ID card numbers

The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang Yam-wang. Photo: May Tse

Privacy Commissioner Allan Chiang has an unenviable job; he is a toothless tiger trapped between growing public awareness of privacy and security, and data users and aggregators who do not want to change their lax practices.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 1 comment

Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test

Seven reasons why claims of PLA hacking fail the test

Recently, a US company few of us had heard of gained instant fame for saying the People's Liberation Army was behind a lot of computer hacking. That may be. But the claims made by Mandiant should also be treated with caution, and not just because they have been vigorously denied.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:39am 12 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 25, 2013

Call for direct US talks with Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP

It was shocking to see the woeful ignorance of the basic principles of security betrayed by Ms Regina Ip. For someone who was once secretary for security, not to have an understanding of identification and authentication, and the difference between them, is a very sad reflection of the calibre of politicians here.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 21, 2013

A vendor objects to high rent rises. Photo: David Wong

Without a law to protect homosexuals from discrimination, it is believed this minority group will suffer emotionally, especially in the workplace.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am 2 comments

China Digest, January 7, 2013

The embezzlement trial of the former deputy general manager of a state-owned military contractor has begun at Beijing's No 1 Intermediate People's Court, the Beijing Times reports.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am

China Digest, November 21, 2012

State broadcaster China Central Television raised 15.8 billion yuan (HK$19.49 billion) on Sunday by auctioning off advertising spots for next year.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

What the local media says, November 17, 2012

Sunday, Apple Daily

Society chiefs accused of abusing government subsidy

17 Nov 2012 - 4:45am

Boom in bytes requires storage pros

Modern workplaces need more space - and lots of it. Not for new desks or meeting rooms or coffee machines, but for data storage. The vast amounts of e-mails, documents, graphics, multimedia files and applications that run a business - and the multiple backups required - create a need for ever more increasing amounts of disc space.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Negligence suspected in HKU data theft

A huge loss of students' personal data at the University of Hong Kong last week may have involved staff negligence, the university has said.

The university said that the data loss 'may have involved negligence of the staff member' and the way the data had been stored and transported was 'not in line with the approved practice'.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Peace of mind for less than an office cleaner

Michael Gazeley enjoys fighting the bad guys. He's one of the best. Network Box, the company he founded in 2000 with business partner Mark Webb-Johnson, has won multiple international awards for the quality of its data protection, and security products and services.

22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Hospital loses data on 3,000 patients

Yan Chai Hospital has reported the loss of information on 3,000 patients to the police and privacy watchdog.

9 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Education, awareness needed on data security

The privacy commissioner for personal data recently reminded the public and private sectors of their responsibilities when handling personal data for implementing stringent procedures, security safeguards and encryption of electronic data.

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

CyberU taking security seriously

The events of September 11, 2001 stunned the world and left a bitter memory of death and destruction for thousands. The public's awareness of the need for security soared.

International companies are looking for people to protect their assets and employees from terrorism and other potential threats. This increased the demand for professionals in security management.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Many years ago, when I started using personal computers, I had no idea what I was doing. I did get advice from a boffin and he helped me a great deal. He used to talk about the need to backup data.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am