Cybersecurity

Australia to seek greater powers on encrypted messaging at `Five eyes` meeting

Australia to seek greater powers on encrypted messaging at `Five eyes` meeting

Published 25/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: An encryption message is seen on the WhatsApp application on an iPhone in Manchester , Britain March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Australia said on Sunday it will push for greater powers to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services used by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the "Five Eyes" intelligence network.

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U.S. blames North Korea for hacking spree, says more attacks likely

U.S. blames North Korea for hacking spree, says more attacks likely

Published 13/06/2017

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a rare alert squarely blaming the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warning that more were likely.

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More disruptions feared from cyber attack- Microsoft slams government secrecy

More disruptions feared from cyber attack- Microsoft slams government secrecy

Published 15/05/2017

A hooded man holds a laptop computer as blue screen with an exclamation mark is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

Officials across the globe scrambled over the weekend to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that disrupted operations at car factories, hospitals, shops and schools, while Microsoft on Sunday pinned blame on the U.S. government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities.

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Japan`s Suga: No concern about damage from global cyber attack

Japan`s Suga: No concern about damage from global cyber attack

Published 15/05/2017

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga leaves the prime minister's office after a news conference on reports of the launch of a North Korean missile, in Tokyo, Japan May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai - RTX35PYQ

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that there is no concern at present about any damage to the nation from a global cyber attack over the weekend.

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South Korea says nine cases of ransomware found in country so far

South Korea says nine cases of ransomware found in country so far

Published 15/05/2017

South Korea's presidential Blue House office said on Monday there have been nine cases of ransomware found in the country so far, but did not provide details on where the cyber attacks were discovered.

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European, Asian companies short on cyber insurance before ransomware attack

European, Asian companies short on cyber insurance before ransomware attack

Published 15/05/2017

FILE PHOTO: A man types on a computer keyboard in front of the displayed cyber code in this illustration picture taken on March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

Many companies outside the United States may not have cover for a recent computer-system attack, leaving them potentially with millions of dollars of losses because there has been relatively little take-up of cyber insurance, insurers say.

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Multinationals in Vietnam targeted by hackers linked to government: report

Multinationals in Vietnam targeted by hackers linked to government: report

Published 15/05/2017

A hooded man holds a laptop computer as blue screen with an exclamation mark is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

Hackers either working for the Vietnamese government or on their behalf have broken into the computers of multinationals operating in the country as part of an increasingly sophisticated cyber espionage campaign, cybersecurity company FireEye said.

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Australia and New Zealand largely escape global cyber attack

Australia and New Zealand largely escape global cyber attack

Published 15/05/2017

Australia and New Zealand appeared to have escaped largely unscathed as they woke up for their first business day since a massive ransomware worm hit thousands of computer systems around the world, disrupting operations at hospitals, shops and schools.

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Trump ordered emergency meeting after global cyber attack: official

Trump ordered emergency meeting after global cyber attack: official

Published 14/05/2017

Tom Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor to President Trump, announces that Trump today signed an executive order to bolster the government's cyber security and protect the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, during a news briefing at the White House in... REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to hold an emergency meeting Friday night to assess the threat posed by a global computer ransomware attack in at least 150 countries, a senior administration official told Reuters.

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Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated

Published 27/04/2017

FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199.

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