HK$9.6 m targeted in online banking scam

The e-mail scam tricked 13 people into revealing the code generated by personal security devices after malware steers them to fake websites. Photo: Edmond So

More than HK$9.6 million held in company bank accounts was targeted in a sophisticated e-mail scam that tricked 13 people into revealing the code generated by personal security devices banks issue for customers to conduct transactions online, police say.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 5:45am

City spared of the worst of web virus

Hongkongers have been urged to remain alert for signs of a computer virus that blocks web access, although local authorities had only one report of an infection yesterday.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Invisible intruders

Online activity is a major part of our daily lives. Rarely a day passes when we don't either send or receive information through cyberspace. That means criminals have many ways to get what they want. And what they want is information - personal information that, at times, you take for granted as being safe.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Danger lurks for the unwary updating apps

A host of nasty internet threats await unwary Android smartphone users when they update their applications, a computer security firm warned at a briefing yesterday.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK is 2nd top for e-mail cyberattacks, report says

Hong Kong was the world's second biggest target for e-mail cyberattacks last month, a new report says.

One in every 180 e-mails that landed in the city's inboxes last month carried malware, which refers to malicious code in the form of a virus, trojan or worm, said the study by the United States-based internet security firm Symantec.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Vulnerable companies should step up defences

Keeping pace with the need for advanced internet security technology to combat threats from hackers and malware intrusions is a demanding task, but a plethora of software is available.

Hong Kong websites and internet systems are bombarded with thousands of potentially damaging attacks on a daily basis.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Warning on virus dangers of apps

The popularity of apps on smartphones has made them an effective target for the spreading of computer viruses, the city's leading online safety watchdog has warned.

More than 2,000 items of malware, or malicious software, are known to have targeted smartphones in Hong Kong, says Roy Ko Wai-Tak, manager of the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beware of Trojan shopping site links

A computer security watchdog warned consumers yesterday to be on alert for a large-scale malicious attack that compromised 2,000 online shopping websites in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Co-ordination Centre said that in the last week or so more than 90,000 websites had been infected globally, with more than 2,000 of them local sites.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Web security firm outguns industry giants

Managed security services provider Network Box is looking to parlay its triumph at this year's Hong Kong Awards for Industries into further expansion of its domestic and international business.

'We certainly hope so,' said Michael Gazeley, the co-founder and managing director of Network Box. 'We are obviously working hard.'

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cloud descends on cybercriminals

For business centre users wondering how the security of their e-mail systems and antispam software can be taken better care of, the answer seems to be in the clouds.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Steps to keep viruses, worms and Trojan horses at bay

Viruses infiltrate by stealth, infect, multiply and then hitch a ride on to the next host.

Worms arrive as an infection also, but can slither along independently to the next place of mayhem.

And Trojan horses lull you into believing that they are either a beneficial service or the solution to a problem that will not exist unless you welcome them in.

22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bugs born of good intentions

Melissa, Anna Kournikova, ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, Happy99, Sadmind, Code Red, Nimda, Blaster, Sobig, Koobface, Bohmini, Conficker, Zlob - the list goes on.

25 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Era of cyberterrorism may be a step closer

Malicious software that can turn computers against society sounds like a scenario for a new James Bond movie. Who better to track down the fiendish mind behind it and foil plans for extortion and domination? Worryingly for the world, reality is catching up with fantasy. But there are faceless, but real, people - specialised cybersleuths - who are trying to keep us safe.

29 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Malicious Web codes can steal your password

Internet users could have their banking and e-mail passwords stolen after they visit websites that appear to be perfectly normal but whose coding has been altered.

In the first half of this year, the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre reported it had detected 65 cases of malicious codes injected into websites, up 150 per cent over last year .

15 Jul 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