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China hackers 'steal US plans for supersonic missiles'

China hackers 'steal US plans for supersonic missiles'

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China's state hackers have reportedly stolen a large amount of highly-sensitive US navy data on its undersea warfare, including plans for supersonic anti-ship missiles on submarines. Government experts were said to have compromised the computers of a US navy contractor, giving them access to the information, according to the Washington Post, citing unnamed American officials.They said - on the condition of anonymity about an ongoing investigation - that the security breaches were believed to have taken place in January and February.Hackers reportedly targeted a contractor which works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center - a research and support centre in Newport, Rhode Island.The officials did not identify the contractor.It was reported that a total of 614 gigabytes of dat...
Hackers tell Iran: 'Don't mess with our elections'

Hackers tell Iran: 'Don't mess with our elections'

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The hackers behind a "cyber attack" which hit Iranian data centres have left a message with an American flag and the warning: "Don't mess with our elections."Iran's IT minister, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, said on Friday: "Several Iranian data centres came under cyber attacks tonight. Some of the smaller routers have been changed to factory setting."It is not known if any damage occurred other than the defacing which the minister photographed from the Command-Line Interface of a Cisco networking switch.The routers - which are used to network much of Iran's critical infrastructure - were hacked when the attackers exploited a vulnerability in Cisco's Smart Install client.Mr Azari-Jahromi tweeted that the country held an emergency meeting as a result of the attack - although Twitter is not ...
Warnings over hackers at South Korean Olympics

Warnings over hackers at South Korean Olympics

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The US Government has warned its citizens to be aware of cybersecurity risks during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.The warning comes as researchers and experts identify North Korea as an increasingly aggressive threat in cyberspace.Hackers in Pyongyang are believed to be behind a series of sophisticated cyber heists targeting the SWIFT global financial messaging service between 2015 and 2016, and the WannaCry ransomware which hit the NHS last year.A message issued by the the Department for Homeland Security and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) warned that "at high-profile events, cyber activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message".:: North Korean athletes arrive for Winter OlympicsImage:A North Korean delegation of 32 athletes a...
Report: Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

Report: Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape

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The Netherlands' spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee, a Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported Friday. Reports carried in the respected daily Volkskrant and by the current affairs show Nieuwsuur said hackers working for the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service penetrated the computers used by the group, often nicknamed Cozy Bear, in mid-2014 and watched them for at least a year, even managing to catch the hackers on camera. Dutch Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren, interviewed by reporters in The Hague before the government's weekly Cabinet meeting, declined to address the report, saying only that she was "very happy that we have...
Hackers behind 'a billion' dodgy web adverts

Hackers behind 'a billion' dodgy web adverts

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Hackers are using the web's advertising networks to trick people into downloading malware using fake security updates and Adobe Flash.Many internet users will be familiar with tech support scams and fake software updates suggesting they download Adobe Flash.Good anti-virus software from a reputable vendor will catch this malware as well, as one of the benefits of it being so widespread is that it is easy to detect.Image:The redirection flow of the advertisements. Pic: ConfiantThe largest criminal operation trying to infect people using these advertising networks in 2017 - which bought over a billion ad impressions - has been detailed in a new report by Confiant.According to the cybersecurity company, a criminal organisation called the Zirconium Group created and operated 28 fake advertisin...