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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...
Russia’s UK ambassador rejects coronavirus vaccine hacking allegations

Russia’s UK ambassador rejects coronavirus vaccine hacking allegations

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Russia's ambassador to the UK has rejected allegations that his country's intelligence services tried to steal coronavirus vaccine research."I don't believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it," Andrei Kelin told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.On Thursday, UK security services said hackers targeting vaccine developers "almost certainly" operated as "part of Russian intelligence services".Mr Kelin also rejected suggestions that Russia had interfered in UK politics.Earlier this week, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Russians almost certainly sought to interfere in the 2019 UK election through illicitly-acquired documents.The papers, which emerged online, detailed UK-US trade discussions and w...
Saudi crown prince ‘possibly involved’ in Bezos hacking – UN

Saudi crown prince ‘possibly involved’ in Bezos hacking – UN

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The United Nations has said that it believes that the Saudi crown prince could be involved in the hacking of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' mobile phone.Mr Bezos, the world's richest man, allegedly received a WhatsApp message in 2018 that contained a malicious file, said to be from the personal account of the Saudi Arabian leader Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The UN said that it is "gravely concerned" by the information it received about the case from Mr Bezos' team, saying the hack is in contravention of "fundamental international human rights". Image: Jeff Bezos is the boss and founder of Amazon It also called for an immediate investigation by the US and other authorities into the incident.UN human rights experts said in a statement: "...
Hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

Hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

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A British man hailed as a hero for stopping a global cyber-attack that was threatening the NHS has pleaded guilty to US malware charges.Marcus Hutchins, 24, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware - or malicious software - court documents show.Writing on his website, Hutchins said he regretted his actions and accepted "full responsibility for my mistakes".Hutchins has been held in the US since he was arrested by the FBI in 2017."As you may be aware, I've pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware in the years prior to my career in security," he wrote on his website. "I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes. "Having grown up, I've since been using the same skills that I misused several years ...

Report: FBI doesn’t warn hacking victims of their rights

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Americans caught up in international cyberespionage campaigns are routinely being left in the dark by the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department's watchdog said in a report published Monday. The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General said that advisory letters typically sent by the FBI to victims of cybercrime were almost never issued in "national security cyber cases," echoing a 2017 Associated Press report that found the FBI was routinely failing to warn targets of Russian hackers that their personal emails were under threat. The inspector general quoted the FBI's Office of Victim Assistance saying that out-of-date guidelines were among the problems that kept American victims of foreign spies from getting timely advice. In a letter dated Dec. 21, 2018, and published alon...