Ins and outs of a hacker's life is as dull as office work

Ins and outs of a hacker's life is as dull as office work

Hackers range from children playing with computers to virtual hitmen, who destroy corporate data for a fee. Armies and governments also employ hackers to collect intelligence and secure their networks.

Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 4:39am

Hacker punished for crashing HKU's mock universal suffrage poll

A masked Vincent Chan Cheuk-yin appears at Fanling Court to face his charge of attempted criminal damage. Photo: Felix Wong

A hacker who attacked a University of Hong Kong website that was running a mock universal suffrage poll for the chief executive election last year was sentenced to 160 hours of community service yesterday. Vincent Chan Cheuk-yin, 29, had pleaded guilty earlier to one count of attempted criminal damage.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:23am

Hackers target Burger King's Twitter account

Hackers target Burger King's Twitter account

Which burger giant do hackers prefer - McDonald’s or Burger King? According to the latest hacking incident ­– McDonald’s.

@BurgerKing, the official Twitter account of Burger King Worldwide, was hacked on Tuesday after midnight.

19 Feb 2013 - 2:25pm

Twitter says hackers compromise 250K accounts

Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users. SCMP Photo.

Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.

In a blog posting on Friday, Twitter says it detected attempts this week to gain access to its user data. It shut down one attack moments after it was detected.

2 Feb 2013 - 9:41am

Stock exchange hacker gets nine months' jail term

A businessman who launched cyber attacks on a Hong Kong stock exchange website last year was jailed for nine months.

Tse Man-lai, 28, was earlier convicted in the District Court of two counts of obtaining access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:03am 1 comment

Hackers hit top internet provider, steal passwords

The mainland's biggest internet services provider, China Telecom, confirmed yesterday that one of its computer systems had been attacked by a group of hackers and some users' passwords stolen.

But the state-owned company denied that the attack had caused any serious damage.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Computer cheats can mean trouble

Most teenagers love playing on their computers, but they need to be aware of some terrible online traps. There are many people waiting to cheat you on the internet.

Most people meet these cheats on social networking sites. Teenagers buy things they like, but sometimes they lose money in illegal scams.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mock-poll hackers held

Police arrested two men on Sunday over an attack by hackers on a computer system being used in a mock election for the chief executive.

The two Hongkongers, aged 17 and 28, were arrested on Saturday and later released on bail by detectives from the force's commercial crime bureau.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Complacency puts websites in danger

It is a sad reality of the internet that no website can be considered safe from hackers. Even if the best protection is in place, those with malicious intent can bombard servers with spam to bring them to a grinding halt.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The job won't be open in the near future

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch plays down any prospect that he's going to be replaced soon as the chief of News Corp

Bad guys go where the money is

Charlie Miller, principal research consultant with security firm Accuvant, on why hackers hack smartphones and financial firms

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hard hacks to follow

Chris Rock once remarked that the world had truly gone crazy when Eminem became the best rapper, Tiger Woods the best golfer and Yao Ming the tallest player in the NBA.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

'Widespread mayhem' net's new norm

The grubby allegations of phone hacking by journalists at Rupert Murdoch's top-selling British Sunday tabloid are pretty outrageous. So outrageous, even the man who owns the paper has called them deplorable and closed it down.

Are we shocked? Yes. Surprised? Not really. Let's face it, hacking in its many forms has become all too common.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition by Steven Levy O'Reilly Media HK$176

Set aside your prejudices. Hackers are not the virus-writing rogues that people think, argues tech analyst Steven Levy in his re-released hymn to the digital revolution.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Security systems take on hackers

It all starts off innocently. An office worker clicks open the inbox and sees an e-mail purporting to be from a friend, or a familiar address such as a social networking site.

The link is opened and a torrent of digital trouble is unleashed in the form of worms, viruses, malware and other programs that can take over a computer network.

7 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hackers copy top-secret papers

Hackers broke into a senior State Council official's computer which contained drafts of Premier Wen Jiabao's government work report for this year. They copied the report and other top-secret documents, mainland sources say. Sources say the hacking was carried out from Taiwan.

3 Apr 2009 - 12:00am