Tag: Computer Security

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

SYDNEY, Australia — Confronting a surge of cyberattacks attributed to the Chinese government, Australia moved to bolster its defenses on Tuesday, promising to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on its ability to take the battle overseas. The investment of 1.35 billion Australian dollars ($930 million) over the next decade is the largest the […]

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C.I.A. Failed to Defend Against Theft of Secrets by Insider, Report Says

WASHINGTON — The 2016 theft of secret C.I.A. hacking tools by an agency officer, one of the largest breaches in agency history, was partly because of failures to install safeguards and officials who ignored the lessons of other government agencies that saw large breaches when employees stole secrets, according to an internal C.I.A. report released […]

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Environmentalists Targeted Exxon Mobil. Then Hackers Targeted Them.

Three years ago, several environmental groups noticed that they had been receiving suspicious emails with fake Google News articles and other links related to their climate-change campaign against Exxon Mobil. The emails came from accounts that impersonated their own colleagues and lawyers. Those phishing emails have now led to a federal criminal investigation into a […]

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U.S. Accuses Russian Military Hackers of Attack on Email Servers

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency publicly accused Russian government hackers of targeting email servers around the world in an unusual announcement on Thursday, showing that the agency is becoming more aggressive in calling out Moscow’s action as the presidential election approaches. While the Trump administration has publicly attributed cyberattacks to Russia before — including […]

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China’s Coronavirus Tracking Apps Stir Privacy Fears as They Linger

At the height of China’s coronavirus outbreak, officials made quick use of the fancy tracking devices in everybody’s pockets — their smartphones — to identify and isolate people who might be spreading the illness. Months later, China’s official statistics suggest that the worst of the epidemic has passed there, but the government’s monitoring apps are […]

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EasyJet Says Cyberattack Stole Data of 9 Million Customers

EasyJet, the low-cost airline based in England, said on Tuesday that it was the target of a “highly sophisticated” cyberattack that exposed the email addresses and personal travel plans of about nine million customers, and that some had their credit card details stolen. The airline said in a statement that as soon as it became […]

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EasyJet Says Cyberattack Stole Data of 9 Million Customers

EasyJet, the low-cost airline based in England, said on Tuesday that it was the target of a “highly sophisticated” cyberattack that exposed the email addresses and personal travel plans of about nine million customers, and that some had their credit card details stolen. The airline said in a statement that as soon as it became […]

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What Pandemic Scams Are People Falling For

For one thing, millions of people are filing new claims for unemployment benefits and awaiting stimulus checks. So when a phone call or an email from someone purporting to be a bank or a government official comes in, it is tougher for us to ignore. Plus with so many people being required to work from […]

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U.S. to Accuse China of Trying to Hack Vaccine Data, as Virus Redirects Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security are preparing to issue a warning that China’s most skilled hackers and spies are working to steal American research in the crash effort to develop vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus. The efforts are part of a surge in cybertheft and attacks by nations seeking […]

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‘Pure Hell for Victims’ as Stimulus Programs Draw a Flood of Scammers

The federal government’s stimulus checks were meant to help people exactly like Krystle Phelps of Owasso, Okla. She and her husband, Christopher, who have two children, recently lost their incomes after Oklahoma shut down the bars near Tulsa that she cleaned and that he supplied with vending machines. But when Ms. Phelps, 33, went to […]

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Bogus Vaccines. Fake Testing Sites. Virus Frauds Are Flourishing.

Offers of bogus drugs to prevent or treat coronavirus infection. Websites selling fake vaccines. False promises of speedier receipt of government stimulus checks. This is the new face of fraud. With millions of Americans out of work and hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, twists on tried-and-true criminal techniques are flourishing. Multiple federal […]

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How to Prevent ‘Zoombombing’ in a Few Easy Steps

As Zoom’s user base has grown in recent weeks, reports of “Zoombombing,” or “Zoom raiding,” have spread across the internet. Public school classes, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, yoga sessions and other virtual gatherings have been derailed by participants. Some of the these Zoombombers have been students, frustrated by online schooling and eager to escape the virtual […]

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Zoom Rushes to Improve Privacy for Consumers Flooding Its Service

Over the last month, the Zoom videoconferencing service has emerged as the communication lifeline of the coronavirus pandemic. But the convenience fueling Zoom’s explosive popularity has come at a price. Originally a service meant for businesses, Zoom was designed to make it easy for company employees, sales representatives and clients to hop on meetings. When […]

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The Lesson We Are Learning From Zoom

Ever since many of us started working from home in the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been invited to countless gatherings taking place on Zoom, the videoconferencing app. Virtual happy hours, work meetings, dinners, you name it. I’ve been a no-show, and it’s not just because my hair has grown embarrassingly long. It’s because I have a […]

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Domestic Abusers Can Control Your Devices. Here’s How to Fight Back.

Every day, Sarah Prager saw the magnet on her fridge warning her of the dangers of domestic abuse, but she didn’t think much of it. Her girlfriend’s tactics were much more subtle, involving checking her phone and electronic devices, she said. In response, Ms. Prager, a writer from Massachusetts, deleted text messages as soon as […]

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It’s Now Amazon’s Turn in the Spotlight

I’ll be chatting live on Twitter today at 3 p.m. Eastern time with Kara Swisher, a Times contributing opinion writer and a veteran technology journalist. We’ll talk about how our relationship with technology and tech companies is changing in a pandemic, and answer your questions. Watch live @ShiraOvide. With millions of people stuck at home, […]

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A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People’s LinkedIn Profiles

For Americans sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Zoom videoconferencing platform has become a lifeline, enabling millions of people to easily keep in touch with family members, friends, students, teachers and work colleagues. But what many people may not know is that, until Thursday, a data-mining feature on Zoom allowed some participants to […]

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Hackers Attack Health and Human Services Computer System

WASHINGTON — A crude effort by hackers to test the defenses of computer systems for the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday evening escalated Monday, with administration officials saying they were investigating a significant increase in activity on the department’s cyberinfrastructure. But officials backed off earlier suggestions that a foreign power was behind […]

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A Botnet Is Taken Down in an Operation by Microsoft, Not the Government

WASHINGTON — Microsoft organized 35 nations on Tuesday to take down one of the world’s largest botnets — malware that secretly seizes control of millions of computers around the globe. It was an unusual disruption of an internet criminal group, because it was carried out by a company, not a government. The action, eight years […]

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Surge of Virus Misinformation Stumps Facebook and Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO — First, there were conspiratorial whispers on social media that the coronavirus had been cooked up in a secret government lab in China. Then there were bogus medicines: gels, liquids and powders that immunized against the virus. And then there were the false claims about governments and celebrities and racial unrest. Taiwan was […]

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In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags

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MGM Resorts Says Data Breach Exposed Some Guests’ Personal Information

MGM Resorts International, the casino and hotel giant, acknowledged on Wednesday that it was the victim of a data breach last year, the latest company to have the personal information of its customers exposed. MGM did not disclose the number of customers affected, but Under the Breach, a firm that monitors cybercrimes and provides intelligence […]

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Your Doorbell Camera Spied on You. Now What?

Has there ever been a tech product more polarizing than Ring? The internet-connected doorbell gadget, which lets you watch live video of your front porch through a phone app or website, has gained a reputation as the webcam that spies on you and that has failed to protect your data. Yet people keep buying it […]

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Chinese Hacking Is Alarming. So Are Data Brokers.

On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it was charging four members of China’s People’s Liberation Army with the 2017 Equifax breach that resulted in the theft of personal data of about 145 million Americans. The attack, according to the charges, was part of a coordinated effort by Chinese intelligence to steal trade secrets and […]

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Israeli Voters: Data of All 6.5 Million Voters Leaked

Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority said it was looking into what it called a “grave” security lapse by the maker of an app promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party that led to the exposure of personal data of all 6.5 million eligible voters in Israel, including full names and identity card numbers. […]

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The End of Privacy as We Know It?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher A secretive start-up promising the next generation of facial recognition software has compiled a database of images far bigger than anything ever constructed by the United States government: over three billion, it says. Is this technology a […]

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North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft

WASHINGTON — North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a “maximum pressure” American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study. The study concludes that since 2017 — the year President […]

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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities and Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO — New Orleans’s city government crippled. A maritime cargo facility temporarily closed. Hospitals forced to turn away patients. Small businesses shuttered. The cause in each of these incidents: ransomware attacks. In recent years, hackers have taken to locking down entire computer networks and demanding payments to let users back into their systems. The […]

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Child-Welfare Activists Attack Facebook Over Encryption Plans

WASHINGTON — New opponents confronted Facebook on Wednesday as it moves forward with a plan to encrypt all of its messaging platforms: child welfare advocates who said that encryption would allow child predators to operate with impunity across the company’s apps. “Facebook has a responsibility to work with law enforcement and to prevent the use […]

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The Only Safe Election Is a Low-Tech Election

After Monday’s Iowa caucus debacle, I’ve decided that Americans should vote by etching our preferred candidate’s name into a stone tablet with a hammer and chisel. Or maybe by dropping pebbles into a series of urns, as the ancient Greeks did. Or possibly just by voting the way we voted for much of the 20th […]

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