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Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

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Facebook says hackers in China used fake accounts and impostor websites in a bid to break into the phones of Uyghur MuslimsBy Associated PressMarch 24, 2021, 9:14 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social network said Wednesday.The company said the sophisticated, covert operation targeted Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents from China’s Xinjiang region, as well as individuals living in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Syria, Australia, Canada and other nations.The hackers attempted to gain access to the computers and phones by creating fake Facebook accounts for supposed journalists and activists, as well as fake we...
Six Russians charged over hacks targeting Novichok probe, French elections and the Winter Olympics

Six Russians charged over hacks targeting Novichok probe, French elections and the Winter Olympics

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The US has charged six Russian hackers over a series of global cyber attacks, including trying to undermine UK efforts to hold Moscow accountable for the Salisbury spy poisoning. Mug shots of the men, aged between 27 and 35, were released on a poster with the words: "Wanted by the FBI". The charging announcement came as Britain accused Russian cyber spies of attacking the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics before they were postponed, and of posing as Chinese and North Korean hackers to target the 2018 games.Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, described the actions of Russia's GRU military intelligence service as "cynical and reckless". Image: It's alleged Russian spies attacked the Olympic Games The UK named the specific group it said was...
Qasem Soleimani: Iran was targeting four US embassies, says Trump

Qasem Soleimani: Iran was targeting four US embassies, says Trump

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran was planning attacks on four US embassies when its top general was killed, President Donald Trump says.When asked what threat led to last Friday's US drone strike, he told Fox News: "I can reveal that I believe it probably would've been four embassies." The killing of Gen Qasem Soleimani, a national hero, came after days of protests at the US embassy in Baghdad.But Democrats given intelligence briefings on the fatal strike say they have seen no evidence of embassy plots.Mr Trump first made the embassy claim at the White House on Thursday and repeated it that night at a rally in Ohio.He was also backed up by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo."We had specific information on an imminent threat and...
Chinese state ‘likely’ linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

Chinese state ‘likely’ linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter, Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor A cyber spy group "likely" linked to the Chinese state has targeted human rights campaigners working on issues about the country for up to five years, a new report claims.The espionage group, dubbed Bronze President, deployed malware against its alleged victims to monitor their activities and steal documents, according to the assessment released on Sunday by Secureworks, a US-based cyber security company. One of the alleged targets is understood to be a human rights group that has raised concerns about the treatment of hundreds of thousands of Uighur and other Muslim minorities in China. It has also written about pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. ...
Trump signs off sanctions targeting Iran’s supreme leader

Trump signs off sanctions targeting Iran’s supreme leader

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US President Donald Trump has signed off "hard-hitting" sanctions against Iran which he says will target the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.The moves comes amid escalating tensions between the two countries after Tehran shot down an American drone last week. Speaking in the Oval Office at the White House, Mr Trump said he was signing an executive order to impose fresh financial sanctions due to Iran's "increasingly provocative actions". Image: Donald Trump signs an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran The president said Iran's supreme leader was responsible for "the hostile conduct of the regime" and the sanctions will deny him and his office "access to key financial resources and support"."Never can Iran ...