Special focus: IT security
There are myriad security challenges facing IT professionals today: personal computers that get hacked, viruses hijack machines, and keystroke loggers steal passwords which end up on public web sites. Yet the amount of security-critical transactions conducted on such systems is steadily increasing.
There are also mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs, increasingly being used for critical transactions and projected to replace PCs as the web access device of choice. All these computing devices are in use in modern businesses and their effective management poses a growing challenge to the IT professional.
Selected it-security news
US flight operator United Airlines has launched a reward programme for security experts who reveal vulnerabilities in the software used on its web sites.
The US House of Representatives has voted to end the NSA’s bulk collection of American’s telephone data on Wednesday.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to spy on Siemens with the help of German intelligence, a German newspaper reported, in what could be a shaming episode for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
French lawmakers have approved a controversial law to let intelligence services use spying devices more easily, with the aim of preventing Islamist attacks.
Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has released a searchable database online of tens of thousands of emails and documents stolen by hackers in a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.
Airliners could be hacked mid-flight through passengers using the plane’s wireless entertainment system to access its flight controls, a US agency says.
A pair of reports released this week reveal that the vast majority of hacking attacks that threaten businesses are down to human error.
A decade-long cyber-espionage campaign against governments and businesses in Southeast Asia is likely of Chinese origin, says internet security firm FireEye.
Hacking attacks aimed at destroying data or manipulating industrial equipment are far more common than previously thought, according to a new survey.
UK intelligence agencies are engaged in a “technology arms race” with cyber criminals and other “malicious actors”, according to MI6 chief Alex Younger.
Tough encryption software used on mobile phones and in apps is the biggest challenge for security agencies tackling terrorism, according to Europol chief Rob Wainwright.
Students will get funding support through university if they choose a cyber-security related course as part of a new scheme, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said on Tuesday in the Commons.
The new feature of Facebook’s Messenger app allowing people to transfer money by a single tap of a button is likely to make the social network climb up the cyber-criminals' priority list, researchers have agreed.
UK’s security and intelligence agencies do not seek to bypass existing surveillance laws, but a tighter legislative framework is needed to protect privacy, a cross-party committee said in a landmark report.
A group of amateur cyber defenders have to investigate and fend off a simulated cyber terrorist plot and could lead to them gaining permanent jobs in the industry.
CIA was developing software to spy on iPhone and iPad users through apps distributed by Apple’s App store.
Millions of users connecting every day to public WiFi networks in the UK’s capital are putting their sensitive data at risks as more than a half of those wireless hotspots use weak protection hackable by ‘every IT college student,’ world’s leading cyber security firm said.
The emerging Internet of Things lags massively behind conventional computers in terms of cyber security with manufacturers failing to implement basic security practices, a researcher has demonstrated.
A group of hackers that infiltrated 3.2 million compromised computers all around the world to steal banking information has been stopped by European police and technology companies, officials said.
Visa Europe is to launch what it calls a tokenisation service providing better protection for mobile payment solutions.
The world’s biggest computer manufacturer has been forced to remove virus-like software from its laptops after customer backlash over potential security vulnerabilities.
US and UK intelligence agencies have allegedly hacked into a major maker of SIM cards, allowing them to eavesdrop on billions of mobile users around the world, a US news website claims.
Spying software that could eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers undetected has been identified by cyber researchers buried deep within hard drives made by top manufacturers.
A hacking network has stolen up to $1bn from more than 100 banks and financial institutions around the world in what would be an “unprecedented cyber-robbery”, claims a cyber-security firm.
President Barack Obama is holding a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection on Friday with top industry figures, including Apple’s Tom Cook, to encourage companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government.
Hackers have stolen troves of data including names, birthdays and social security numbers from up to 80 million people in a cyber-security breach against Anthem, the US’ second-largest health insurer, it was announced.
The $3.99 trillion 2016 budget proposal of the US President Barack Obama, announced on Monday, includes $14bn for cyber-security as well as a new $4bn fund to facilitate the US transition to cleaner energy.
A number of manufacturers of the Linux operating system, including Red Hat, updated their software to prevent a major online breach that could allow hackers to take over their systems.
Singapore is planning to clamp down on cyber-crime with the launch of a central agency for cyber-security, the government announced on Tuesday.
The official website of Malaysia Airlines has been attacked by hackers claiming to be from the Lizard Squad, a group known for previous denial-of-service incidents.
Failing to increase cyber-security measures in companies across the world could cost the global economy up to $3tr, a World Economic Forum report warned, and is urging firms to sign up to a new “framework” to prevent cyber-attacks.
A start-up company has developed an innovative biometric approach for detecting identity theft, with specific application for mobile devices.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) started to interfere with North Korean computer networks more than five years ago, the New York Times reported.
China rejected allegations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as “groundless”, after a new stack of documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden was published by a German magazine.
The UK and the US are to set up 'cyber cells' and conduct mock attacks on each other as part of a joint effort to increase defence against online threats.
An 18-year-old has been arrested as part of a joint UK and FBI investigation into cyber-attacks on Sony PlayStation and Xbox systems last December.
US President Barack Obama sent a bill to Congress on Tuesday aimed at strengthening cyber-security laws after the recent hacking attacks against Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target and the federal government.
UK firm Elliptic, which stores bitcoins for its financial services clients, has received accreditation from accountants KPMG. Elliptic says that this indicates it operates to the same standards as a custodian bank.
One of the largest trading exchanges for the digital bitcoin currency has suspended its service after a security breach that resulted in money losses, it was announced.
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Password-based authentication websites including online giants Amazon and LinkedIn could have security loopholes, according to a new study.
UPDATE – The US has officially blamed the North Korean government for the massive cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Dutch researchers have described a new method to fight cyber-crime using quantum physics principles.
Nokia has opened a new mobile security complex in Berlin aimed at creating robust telecommunications security for operators of mobile networks.
Sony has confirmed that its online PlayStation store went down following a cyber-attack, with a hacker group called Lizard Squad immediately claiming responsibility.
Oversight of GCHQ’s mass surveillance programmes is now lawful, a body that investigates complaints against intelligence agencies has found.
Sony Pictures Entertainment saved thousands of company passwords in a file directory labelled ‘Password’, it has emerged, after hackers leaked another chunk of data following the attack.
Law enforcers in Australia are investigating the role of virtual currency bitcoin in organised crime, a senior official has said.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is still struggling to recover from an extensive cyber-attack with security experts dismissing the theory that North Korea is the culprit.
The FBI has sent out an alert about a major destructive cyber-attack on a US business, in an apparent reference to last week’s Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.
Coordinated attacks by Iran-based hackers have been directed at major airlines, energy firms and defence companies worldwide according to a report released by a US cyber-security firm.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired FireEye's Mandiant cyber-forensics unit to clean up a massive hack that knocked out its computer nearly a week ago.
One American cyber-security firm has reportedly found an organised espionage ring focusing on stealing corporate secrets to game the stock market.
A proposed United Nations resolution has expressed concern at digital spying calling arbitrary mass surveillance and data collection “highly intrusive acts”.
Hackers can break anonymity of the Bitcoin virtual currency disclosing users’ IP addresses with a €1,500 monthly investment, researchers have found.
Highly complex cyber-espionage malware that may have been created by state-sponsored hackers has infected private and public entities across the globe.
Police will get new powers to force Internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspects, but a ‘Snooper’s Charter’ is “dead and buried” say Lib Dems.
Attacks by hackers are one of the biggest threats to the widespread adoption of driverless or semi-autonomous vehicles, the IET’s cyber-security lead says.
China may have the capability to remotely shutdown the computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, the head of the NSA has told politicians.
A Russian-based website has been found showing footage from hacked webcams, CCTV cameras and even baby monitors, allowing criminals to spy on people from across the world.
People concerned about governments’ cyber-surveillance practices can use a new web tool to spot if their devices have been infected with eavesdropping malware.
Picture messaging service Snapchat has launched a payment service enabling users to send money to contacts via the firm’s mobile app.
The US is gathering data from thousands of mobile phones using fake communications towers on aeroplanes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A bug in Apple’s iOS operating system is exposing most iPhones and iPads to hackers, according to a cyber-security firm.
Cocos Keeling Islands registered website sells credit card details stolen by hackers for as little as £8.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned about risks related to modern Internet-connected buildings and launched new guidelines to help owners protect their assets against hackers.
More than 200 cyber-security agencies, energy and telecoms companies, financial institution and Internet service providers have taken part in Cyber Europe 2014, the largest cyber-security exercise to have been run in Europe to date.
Hacker and co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison in Denmark.
China claims 80 per cent of its government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most assaults launched from the US.
The US Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices, according to a senior official.
Apple’s iCloud storage and backup service in China has been attacked by hackers believed to be working for the country’s Government.
Resuming cyber-security cooperation between China and the USA would be difficult because of "mistaken US practices", China's top diplomat told US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Encrypting phone calls makes life difficult for crime investigators, possibly allowing offenders to escape justice, the FBI chief has warned.
South Korea is trying to ease worries about online privacy after a domestic chat app lost customers to a foreign rival because of fears prosecutors can get access to online conversations.
Google researchers have discovered a major vulnerability in the SSL encryption technology that could allow hackers to take control of users’ email accounts, online banking and other services.
Hundreds of Dropbox credentials have been leaked by hackers who claim to have seven million logins, but the cloud storage service says its system was not breached.
Russian hackers have spied on Nato, the EU, Ukraine and several energy and telecommunications companies through a security flaw in Microsoft Windows.
A US appeals court is grappling with a lawsuit challenging government gagging orders preventing telecoms firms from revealing demands for customer records.
Police have still not "got to grips" with online fraud despite a huge rise in the crime, the UK's most senior officer has admitted.
China's armed forces will ramp up cyber-security and speed domestic software development, the country’s state media said today.
A dynamic encryption system that changes with every call to confuse possible eavesdroppers has been developed by Danish researchers.
Millions of network connected electricity smart meters installed all over Spain could be easily attacked by hackers as they lack sufficient cyber protection.
Private information about over 80 million clients of American multinational bank JP Morgan has been stolen by hackers in a massive cyber-attack this summer despite the bank’s increasing cyber-security spending.
A new £2.5m research project will assess the risk posed by hackers and various cyber criminals to the UK’s vital infrastructure.
An alleged international computer hacking ring has been charged with stealing $100m of software including Apache helicopter pilot training programs.
Six Londoners, subject to an Internet behaviour experiment, have agreed to absurd terms and conditions to connect to a free Wi-Fi hotspot in the capital, a study has revealed.
Businesses are being warned they could fall foul of data protection laws if they fail to respond to the ‘Shellshock’ bug as hackers begin to exploit the flaw.
A security bug in a widely used piece of software dubbed ‘Shellshock’ could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the infamous ‘Heartbleed’ bug.
A major cyber-attack on the financial system is one thing that keeps New York's financial regulator awake at night, an audience in Manhattan heard.
Computer systems of several US airlines as well as multiple technology companies associated with US military have been breached by Chinese state-sponsored hackers.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key denied allegations the country had planned mass surveillance operations as revealed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
The US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies.
Cyber-security researchers have managed to run the classic 90s computer game Doom on an Internet-enabled Canon printer after hacking its web interface.
Card fraud hit a record £174.5m in the first half of this year, new figures show, but criminals are relying on social engineering in the face of better security.
The Internet of Things needs to be built from the bottom up with a ‘security first’ architecture, according to new research.
Apple plans additional security features to keep hackers out of user accounts in the face of the recent celebrity photo scandal.
A free online course designed to inspire the next generation of cyber-security professionals supported by the Government has launched.
Car theft has entered the cyber age with more than one in three vehicles currently stolen in London being taken through sophisticated hacking methods, the Home Office has revealed.
Apple says the theft of intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence was due to a targeted attack on individual iCloud accounts.
A new international cyber-crime taskforce will be piloted in an attempt to better coordinate the global response to online threats.
A piece of computer code capable of repeatedly guessing a password has been determined as a likely tool used in the high profile cyber-attack that exposed intimate photographs of tens of celebrities.
Poor code quality is exposing more than two-thirds of retail and financial services applications to cyber-attacks similar to the Heartbleed bug, according to new research.
Sony’s PlayStation Network is back online following a cyber-attack that took it down over the weekend.
A new game that will see players attempt to protect a fictitious aerospace company from hackers is part of a search to find the next generation of cyber-security experts.
US healthcare companies have been subjected to a series of cyber-attacks targeting patient data and intellectual property information, the FBI has said.
A cyber-attack that saw hackers steal data on 4.5 million hospital patients is the first known large-scale breach exploiting the ‘Heartbleed’ bug.
Apple has started storing users’ personal data on mainland China for the first time, using servers provided by China Telecom.
A new campaign launched by the National Crime Agency together with the UK government aims to educate users of electronic devices about cyber dangers.
The US National Security Agency is struggling to attract top technology workers after revelations of widespread eavesdropping practices damaged its reputation.
An Android app that actively scans other apps to determine how risky they are has been launched, promising a new level of user safety.
Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab said they have uncovered a massive cyber espionage operation targeting spy agencies and governments in Europe and the Middle East.
A company contracted to perform background checks for the US Department of Homeland Security said it had been a subject of a most likely state-sponsored cyber-attack.
Roughly 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords have been amassed by a Russian criminals, according to a cyber-security firm.
A Spanish cyber-security researcher said he had figured out how to hack satellite communications systems on commercial jets through their Wi-Fi and inflight entertainment systems.
The recent hacking attempt on a sensitive Canadian government computer network bears resemblance to attacks mounted by an elite unit of the Chinese army, a cyber-security expert has suggested.
The group behind Internet-anonymity software Tor has said many of its users may have been identified by government-funded researchers.
USB technology could be exploited by hackers to load malicious software on computers without triggering security alerts, new research has shown.
Representatives of privately owned German encryption technology developer Secusmart believe the German government won’t find any obstacles for its prospective sale to smartphone maker BlackBerry.
A bill to ban the US government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data has been introduced to Congress.
Companies behind the Israeli Iron Dome missile shield have reportedly been robbed off hundreds of sensitive documents by hackers from China.
Sensitive financial and personal information of Android smartphone users could have been accessed by hackers since 2010 due to a previously unknown vulnerability.
High-level Chinese hackers recently tried to break into a key Canadian computer system, forcing Ottawa to isolate it from the main government network, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Ransomware attacks on Android smartphones, preventing users from accessing their gadget unless they pay the attackers, are expected to rise.
Unsecured automated homes provide an easy access to data about home owners and could be used by burglars seeking access to properties, German researchers have found.
A flaw in an anti-surveillance operating system makes it possible to reveal users’ IP addresses, which are meant to be hidden by the software.
Two MPs will sue the Government over the introduction of the controversial Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.
Cyber security researchers have developed a prototype device to prevent hackers from launching attacks on travelling cars.
A talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor has been withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference.
Customers of a surveillance-dodging mobile calling service can now purchase a fixed rate calling plan that allows them to make encrypted calls across 79 countries, according to the firm.
A cyber-security firm that claims to have uncovered a state-sponsored hacking group is merely seeking publicity according to China.
The US government has warned critical infrastructure operators to make sure their systems haven’t been infected with malicious software from a hacking group known as Energetic Bear.
Finland’s government has been subject to a series of ongoing cyber-attacks launched by a foreign government , Finnish officials have revealed.
At least 20 cases have been dropped by the National Crime Agency in six months as a result of missing communications data, according to the Home Secretary.
Cyber-theft of trade secrets by China is a threat to US national security, America’s new Ambassador to China Max Baucus said today.
A password alternative that uses a sequence of memorable faces as a key may have cracked the traditional trade-off between memorability and security.
More than four in ten organisations obstruct access to people’s personal data in contravention of European law, a new study has found.
GCHQ has announced it will start to share classified cyber-threat information with private companies being targeted by increasingly sophisticated hackers.
The window for computer users to protect themselves from the GOZeuS and CryptoLocker malware closes at midnight tonight.
Malware dubbed one of the "most advanced global cyber-espionage operations to date” is using old-school virus techniques, according to new research.
Internet users can now check whether or not cyber criminals have stolen any of their personal data and released it online, courtesy of the Identity Leak Checker, a free online service.
The cost of cyber-crime is so high that if it were a nation it would be ranked 27th in the world based on revenue, according to a new report.
A new cutting-edge cyber-security centre inaugurated in Italy will boost Europe’s cyber defence by scouring the dark internet using one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.
Vodafone has disclosed that government agencies in a small number of countries in which it operates have direct access to its network, enabling them to listen in to calls.
A new cyber-security certification scheme has been launched to help organisations defend themselves against Internet-borne threats.
The volume of encrypted email is rising rapidly, according to new data, as providers try to shield their users from government spies and other snoopers.
Regular charging of electric vehicles leaves a data trail which could be exploited by malicious agents, German researchers have said.
An international operation to take down infrastructure behind two malware families will give computer users a “two-week window” to protect themselves.
Nato has run the largest international cyber manoeuvre in the history, underlining the growing importance of cyber warfare in modern-day security.
Hackers are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them, according to a survey of 500 US business executives, law enforcement services and government agencies.
People with iPhones in the UK and Australia have been targeted by hackers who lock their device and demand money to release it.
Computers of China's government won't be allowed to run Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, China said, while announcing widespread investigations of IT suppliers to protect national security.
Hackers stole some 145 million user records from eBay servers in what is poised to go down as one of the biggest data breaches in history.
eBay is asking users to change their passwords after a cyber attack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords.
China has summoned the USA’s ambassador after the US accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets.
US defence giant Lockheed Martin said the number of attacks on its computer systems has quadrupled since 2007.
Samsung’s KNOX system designed for public sector services dealing with sensitive data is secure enough to handle classified information, the UK government has said.
The eight most common IT vulnerabilities that have resulted in data breaches have been revealed by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Microsoft has rolled out an urgent update to fix a Windows XP Internet Explorer vulnerability despite having discontinued support for the system this month as hundreds of millions of users haven’t upgraded yet.
Chemring has developed a network security system mimicking the fight-or-flight fear response of mammals.
Spending using contactless "tap and go" card payments has topped £100 million in a single month for the first time, industry figures revealed.
Anti-malware researches have managed to exploit the Heartbleed vulnerability to access protected forums used by hackers to exchange information.
Google has admitted that incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analysed by software to create targeted ads.
Computers of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne have been under an ongoing several month long cyber-attack.
Firewalls, email systems and even mobile phones could be at risk from the Heartbleed bug, according to cyber security experts.
Hacking groups have been detected running automated scans of the Internet in search of Web servers vulnerable to the ‘Heartbleed’ bug.
The UK government has paid more than £5m to Microsoft to extend Windows XP system support for governmental services.
Most of the world’s prominent news organisations have been attacked by hackers secretly working for various governments, a study by Google security engineers has revealed.
The UK needs to completely overhaul its voting system introducing new technologies including e-voting to help the public engage with politics, said Electoral Commission Chair Jenny Watson.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) has infiltrated servers of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communications of top executives.
An international team of researchers has exposed holes in the WPA 2 protocol that has so far been considered the safest system to secure wireless computer networks.
Japan has run a large-scale cyber-security exercise, simulating a massive attack on its government departments to spot weaknesses prior to the 2020 Olympics.
Nato has been fighting against a string of cyber-attacks over the weekend as hackers disabled several of the organisation’s websites, probably in connection with the Crimea situation.
A 19-year-old student has been crowned as the UK’s Cyber Security Champion after a gruelling two-day national cyber attack simulation.
With thousands of ATM’s in the UK still running on the outdated Windows XP software, British banks are now queuing up at Microsoft to negotiate deals for the company to extend support.
The US National Security Agency has denied allegations it has been infecting millions of computers with malware.
The US National Security Agency has been hijacking botnets as a resource for spying, according to a leaked slide by Edward Snowden.
Ukraine’s telecommunications system had been subject to a string of cyber-attacks most likely from Russia, Ukraine’s security agency said.
A highly resilient cyber espionage toolkit known as ‘Snake’ has been unmasked by defence contractor BAE Systems.
Britain is wasting time asking China to stop cyber attacks, former UN commander and Tory MP Bob Stewart has said.
Software that encrypts manufacturing data so as to prevent piracy and data theft will be revealed at a trade show next week.
IT geeks in army reserves could be the solution for the UK to defend the country against growing cyber-threats, a Conservative MP said today.
Labour wants new powers that allow security services to crack down on cyber-crimes, but only with extra checks on how sensitive data is used.
Japan’s vice finance minister Jiro Aichi has said the bitcoin virtual currency should be regulated on an international level to avoid loopholes and debacles such as this week's closure of a major Bitcoin exchange.
UK spy agency GCHQ has been accused of intercepting and storing webcam images of millions of Yahoo users.
Hackers have joined protests against the football World Cup to be held in Brazil by threatening to attack the event through jamming websites and data theft.
A virus that spreads through Wi-Fi networks as efficiently as a cold spreads between humans has been demonstrated by researchers.
Data available from mainstream online media could be used to mount a cyber-attack on UK critical national infrastructure.
French aerospace company Snecma has been attacked by hackers through an Internet Explorer security gap.
Bitcoin has been attacked by unknown hackers sending "mutated" lines of code into the program that runs the virtual currency.
The first cyber espionage campaign believed to be started by a Spanish-speaking country has been uncovered by a security software firm.
BAE Systems plans to recruit more graduates to its cyber and security unit than any other part of its UK business in 2014.
Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's e-mail customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people they have recently corresponded with.
American and British intelligence agencies have devised ways to gather data from smartphone applications such as Angry Birds to spy on Internet users, the New York Times has revealed.
Online trust has fallen to its lowest point in three years, with only 55 per cent of British internet users saying they trust companies with their personal data, a survey has revealed.
Data available from mainstream online media – such as blogs, social networking websites, and specialist online publications – could be used by malevolent agents to mount a cyber-attack on UK critical national infrastructure (CNI), the findings of an investigative assessment to be presented next week will warn.
Hackers broke into a computer of Israeli defence ministry using an email attachment containing malicious software pretending it had been sent by the country’s Shin Bet security service.
The NSA's mass phone-call data-gathering programme provided only negligible effects to fight terrorism and should end, the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has concluded.
The number sequence '123456' has topped a list of the 25 most commonly used passwords.
A temporary glitch in China’s Great Firewall has redirected millions of Chinese Internet users to an anti-censorship website meant to be blocked by the system.
Network operator EE is working on an emergency security upgrade after a researchers discovered a security flaw in its routers.
The US National Security Agency has implanted secret surveillance software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world to gain access to spy-proof machines.
Flamboyant millionaire John McAfee has welcomed news that Intel has dropped his name of from its security products.
The US National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programs, according to reports.
A hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has claimed credit for hacking Skype's social media accounts.
Computer kidnapping, hacking of cars, medical devices or watches, state-sponsored attacks and Obamacare website breaches have been named among the most likely cyber-crimes of 2014.
A White House-appointed panel has proposed curbs on some key National Security Agency surveillance operations.
Top technology company executives have pressed US President Barack Obama to rein in his government's electronic spying.
A judge has ruled that the US National Security Agency's gathering of Americans' phone records is likely unlawful.
Oversight of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will be increased amid fears its equipment could be used for cyber espionage.
Google is asking the High Court to block a breach of privacy legal action launched against it by a group of British Internet users.
A new institute investigating cyber-threats to vital systems that control the UK’s industry and infrastructure has been launched.
Almost two thirds of all website traffic is now generated by bots, nearly a third of which are malicious, according to new research.
Detectives have arrested four people over a £1m cyber-theft from two banks using computer viruses embedded in emails.
Chinese hackers broke into computer systems of five European foreign ministries last September by sending an email containing infected files that loaded malicious codes on the victims’ computers.
The world’s top technology companies are urging the USA and other governments to reform their online surveillance practices.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) and British GSHQ have spied on the international online gaming community, documents leaked by whistle blower Edward Snowden have revealed.
Microsoft has disrupted a botnet nearly two million computers strong that costs online advertisers upwards of $2.7m a month.
New arms sale regulations urgently need to be introduced to clamp down on the export of electronic surveillance technology.
Obamacare website puts sensitive data of users at risk, experts have said said, recommending it to be shut down until the problems are addressed.
Yahoo! has pledged to encrypt all user information moving between its data centres by the end of the first quarter of next year.
A fake cyber-attack conducted by a foreign government and a denial-of-service attack disabling users’ networks were among scenarios tested during the Waking Shark II operation.
Credit card details of some 500,000 European users might be at risk as a marketing firm running award schemes for companies across Europe admitted being a victim of a major hacking attack.
Financial companies in the UK’s capital will be put through a war game scenario next week to test how well they can handle an extensive cyber-attack.
The outing of a secretive Chinese military hacking unit has failed to halt cyber attacks from the country.
A new anonymous Internet marketplace for illegal goods has been opened, featuring the same name and design as the Silk Road but offering better tools to protect users’ anonymity.
Microsoft has released an emergency fix after having learned hackers were exploiting a previously unknown security flaw to attack the popular Office software.
Britain is sleepwalking into becoming a surveillance state as the capacity to collect and analyse data grows MPs were told.
The security of the US health insurance website has been put at risk due to a lack of testing before the rushed launch in early October.
A programming code that makes emails shut down when they are at risk of being intercepted will be released to the public to improve communication security.
Hackers can intercept data transmitted between contactless cards and payment terminals using easily available and portable electronic devices, a study of Surrey University researchers has found.
A 28-year-old hacker from Suffolk, UK, has been arrested by US authorities for penetrating thousands of US military computer systems, aiming to steal confidential data.
Germany’s major telecoms provider is negotiating with other telecoms companies to join forces to protect local Internet from foreign influences.
A new fingerprint scanning biometric authentication system that developers say could eradicate cybercrime has been unveiled.
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put forward a draft of voluntary standards to help critical industries prevent cyber-attacks.
The US National Security Agency collects hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts.
New security guidance for public sector IT professionals on how to safely deploy the latest mobile devices has been released.
Websites use hidden scripts to extract device fingerprints from users’ browsers without the users’ consent, a Belgian study has found.
In the wake of the recent hacking attack on Adobe Systems, cyber-security experts have highlighted how companies having an incident response plan in place is as important as preparation against such attacks.
The head of the new National Crime Agency has warned criminals using the “deep web” they cannot hide from police.
Adobe Systems says hackers have stolen source code to some of its most popular software and data about millions of its customers.
Britain has been asked by Belgium to respond to claims GCHQ hacked in the IT network of Belgian telecoms provider Belgacom.
UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has appealed to Britain's top IT experts to join the newly established Joint Cyber Reserve Unit to help protect the UK's computer networks from cyber-attacks.
Intelligence chiefs say they are open to measures to increase oversight of the US government’s electronic eavesdropping programs.
Microsoft has released an emergency software fix for Internet Explorer after hackers exploited a security flaw in the browser to attack an unknown number of users.
A quarter of UK manufacturing companies are putting their IT systems at risk by allowing employees to use their own personal devices at work but not having a formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy in place, according to research carried out by cloud computing specialist Intrinsic Technology.
The USA’s National Security Agency has secretly developed the ability to crack or circumvent commonplace Internet encryption.
A breakthrough in quantum cryptography could allow large scale communication networks using the technology to be developed.
More than half of senior IT security professionals believe the industry is losing the battle against state-sponsored attacks.
The Syrian Electronic Army (SAE) has broken into systems of an Australian Internet company managing addresses of some of the world’s most prominent news websites.
A German government technology agency has warned that new security technology in computers running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system may actually make PCs more vulnerable to cyber threats.
Researchers from the Royal Holloway University have developed a prototype app that can help protect users against phishing attacks.
The USA’s National Security Agency broke privacy rules or overstepped its authority thousands of times each year since 2008.
Hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army have simultaneously targeted several news sites by breaching a single supplier.
Germany’s government wants to foster Europe’s technology companies to make them stronger competitors to their US counterparts.
GCHQ has launched two cyber incident response initiatives to help UK businesses who suffer cyber-attacks.
The UK is losing the war against Internet crime, an influential group of MPs has warned.
Talks between China and the US on cyber security have gone well, Chinese state media said today.
China says it is ready to discuss strengthening cyber security at a top-level forum with US officials next week.
The Ministry of Defence has announced a new partnership with its major contractors to bolster the UK’s resistance to cyber warfare.
Computer experts looking to join the military reserve force to help fight cyber terrorism will be allowed to avoid tough fitness testing, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said today.
The energy sector in the Middle East is extremely prone to cyber-attacks, said DNV KEMA, world’s leading energy consultancy.
China's Huawei Technologies should not have been permitted to become embedded in Britain's critical network infrastructure without the knowledge and scrutiny of ministers, UK’s lawmakers said on Thursday.
China's top Internet security official says he has "mountains of data" pointing to extensive US hacking aimed at China.
Chinese hackers have allegedly stolen designs for dozens of US weapons systems and blueprints for Australia's new spy HQ.
Two new centres of excellence funded by the Government will train the next generation of cyber security experts.
China has dismissed the US’s “groundless accusations” of using cyber-espionage to acquire military technology.
A lack of information security skills among the UK’s IT workforce is hampering the fight against cyber criminals, according to the latest research from the IET.
The number of cyber-attacks hitting businesses has soared in the past year, Government-commissioned research revealed today.
Oracle has released a major security update for the version of Java programming language that runs inside Web browsers.
InfoSec Skills will launch competitions testing IT security skills of business leaders as part of the Cyber Security Challenge.
Companies experience cyber attacks up to once every three minutes, a report says.
Cyber-security experts yesterday demonstrated how the latest zero-day vulnerabilities in Java could be used in a cyber-attack.
Hackers have apparently broken into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites.
Cyber security experts from industry are to operate alongside the intelligence agencies for the first time.
Faculty members at a top Chinese university have collaborated for years with an army unit accused of hacking Western targets.
This week's cyber-attack on South Korean broadcasters and banks may not have originated in China.
A hacking attack on three South Korean broadcasters and two major banks has been identified by most commentators as North Korea.
Several official BBC Twitter accounts were hacked today by what appeared to be pro-Syrian government hackers.
Computer networks at two major South Korean banks and three top TV broadcasters went into mass shutdown today.
North Korea has blamed South Korea and the United States for cyber attacks that temporarily shut down websites.
Cyber experts said it was important to recruit a broad range of people after a chemist won a cyber security competition.
Cyber-attacks and cyber espionage have supplanted terrorism as the top threats to the United States, says a new report.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure IT have developed security software to enable the use of Android smartphones for access control.
Security firm Secusmart has developed a crypto plug-in for the Blackberry 10 smartphone which, it claims, turns it into the first widely-available smartphone to meet government-level Classified security levels.
Orange and security firm Morpho have announced a mobile identity management system specifically designed for the healthcare sector.
Vodafone has teamed up with defence firm BAE Systems to develop new technology to protect businesses against cyber-attacks.
The Ministry of Defence is to recruit a new force of "cyber reservists" to bolster the uK's online defences.
IT specialists should consider becoming police volunteers to help stop cyber criminals, the Security Minister is to suggest.
Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei is working with one of its toughest critics to reduce its hacking vulnerabilities
William Hague will warn a conference in Budapest that cybercrime is one of the greatest challenges facing the world.
Cyber security experts across Europe are taking part in the EU's biggest cyber security exercise.
GCHQ has unveiled an online security competition to identify future espionage recruits and raise awareness of cyber attacks.
Microsoft has warned a newly discovered bug in its Internet Explorer web browser makes PCs vulnerable to attack by hackers.
Finalists of the Cyber Security Challenge UK competition have visited GCHQ to find out more about cyber security.
The inventor of the World Wide Web has denied there is an 'off' switch that could turn off the Internet across the globe.
A second suspected member of LulzSec was arrested on charges he took part in a computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
A cyber espionage campaign targeting Iran and other parts of the Middle East has widened, according to security experts.
Intel security experts are working on finding ways to protect automobiles from electronic bugs and computer viruses.
Gaming company Blizzard has confirmed that hackers have stolen some account details of its users.
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2014 saw Apple, Target, Ebay and Sony become victims of cyber theft, and while experts warn 2015 is set for further disasters, organisations are betting on not being targets rather than addressing the core problems.
Just what kind of political game was China playing in October? On 30 October, senior Chinese officials said that talks with the US were "unhindered" even though they had their differences. The statement was made less than two weeks after others in the Chinese government said that it had stopped talking to the US about cyber-security, following what it called "mistaken US practices".
How many cyber-security researchers does it take to hack a light bulb? About six, according to one firm, which has demonstrated that the manufacturers of the growing number of connected devices in our homes appear to have a security blind spot.
Nothing is safe on the Internet, including your home router. That may already have been hacked – but if the world becomes as connected as companies are hoping, that could be the least of your worries.
The continuing furore over the Heartbleed bug holds important lessons for the IT industry, both about the way it responds to major incidents and also the way software is produced.
From humble beginnings the World Wide Web has become the backbone of modern civilisation, but the inability of its creators to foresee its meteoric rise has resulted in shaky foundations.
Security has become an even more major concern for the makers of processors and software for embedded systems in the rush to connect them to wireless network – and even the wider Internet. It is driving a rethink in the way devices are designed to prevent network-based attacks and attempts to reverse-engineer the firmware inside.
The healthcare industry is under attack, with imposters, fraudsters and cyber-criminals pretending to be people they are not to acquire personal patient data. But the ID theft clampdown has begun.
As the world becomes ever more digitised, the uneasy relationship between personal privacy and national security grows increasingly complex.
Just who are you inviting into your home with that latest 'smart' technology purchase?
With more and more people living out large parts of their lives online, cybercriminals are finding endless new ways of stealing identities.
The media has been full of reports of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, but the fear is that there is far worse to come.
Why should hackers try to disable computers when they might be able to set their sights higher? Routers can be just as vulnerable as servers, so why not bring down the entire Internet?
While governments state that cyber security is now one of their top national challenges, the overall cost-impact cyber security is incurring – both in terms of necessary investment and damaging outcomes following an attack – is far from clear.
Firewalls should still be an integral part of any enterprise's cyber security strategy, and vendors of the hardware variety are redoubling their R&D to win more market share.
Small businesses need to upgrade their awareness of - and abilities in - cyber security if they are to avoid becoming the 'soft underbelly' of the UK's fights against hackers and cyber threats.
As point-of-sale systems embrace mainstream software, they will have to deal with the security threats that come with it. After all, what cybercriminal wouldn't go after Windows-based devices handling credit and debit cards?
More and more organisations are being targeted in cyber-attacks, and they must get to know their enemy if they are to protect vital networks. Meet the professional, ethical hacker.
We are moving toward a world where every connected system is becoming safety critical - so ICT professionals should step up to the principles of ultra-rigorous system design and build.
'Grey hat' apps are a new phenomenon in software that enable street hackers to delve into your smartphone and access your data, and more besides.
A fake hack attack can be as damaging as a real one and they're becoming increasingly common.
How has Google's Android smartphone operating system managed to become so successful?
Proposed amendments to the EU data privacy laws propose to swap-out carrots for sticks in a redoubled effort to get European organisations to do a better job to protect everyones' data.
Global militant organisations are tapping into the vulnerabilities in mobile technologies for propaganda and recruitment, as well as to filch data for financial gain.
Channelling voice calls over IP networks has brought many advantages to enterprise communications, but it also creates some security risks.
IT is one of the most rigorously regulated parts of an organisation, and legislation affecting information security is spearheading the legal changes.
With users accessing systems from ever more obscure points of entry, how do you keep control of access privileges? We look at the software that may have the answer.
Despite high-profile attacks, there is still a lack of IT security in key public infrastructure. We ask if it will take a major meltdown to prompt governments to take action.
PC operating systems are full of security holes, which is why some are now turning to software first developed for 'hidden' computers to better protect them
Data breaches like the one that affected Sony aren’t the end of the world if companies are honest with customers who have been affected.
Japan's Internet infrastructure withstood quake and tsunami, but was also left working for cyber-criminals to exploit the anguish of survivors desperate for information
Latest-generation CCTV cameras are bringing intelligent observation to some of the world’s most scrutinised cities. E&T zooms in on the innovations.
The future threat that the Stuxnet worm poses is a blueprint for attacks on real-world infrastructure, but what is being done to protect industrial control systems and who cares, asks E&T.
How worried should we be about the likelihood of cyber-terrorist attacks launched through the Internet?
Critics say a controversial bill going through Congress would let the US President 'turn off the Internet' if vital services were threatened.
Cyberwar threats are all too real, E&T investigates.
Posing as an IT consultant, Colin Greenless performed a penetration test on a FTSE-listed financial services firm. One or two tricks of social engineering gave him free access to some very useful - and very valuable - information.
The IT security sector must take a more unified approach to establishing industry-wide standards for all aspects of secure systems build and maintenance, argues E&T.
Cybercrime is a real and growing problem. As the internet grows, so do the numbers of people ready to able and exploit its vulnerabilities.
Ever-escalating spam levels are close to tearing the commercial guts out of any business and organisation that relies on email as a primary method of business communication.
Despite all the warnings, all the headlines, and all the headaches, there are some security basics that we just keep leaving undone: Graham Cluley names them.
IT security specialists want recognition and acclaim from their managers – but gaining the proper qualifications to endorse their status is not clear-cut.
Bloxx Tru-View could be on the list of organisations worried about what their staff are downloading from the web.
Any IT security can be circumvented by hackers who target the human factor - but risk can be minimised
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