cybersecurity

SWIFT to Unveil New Security Plan After Hackers’ Heists

By Huw Jones and Tom Bergin LONDON, May 24 – The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said it plans to launch a new security programme as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt

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Your Money Or Your Data

Ransomware viruses have been striking hospitals  and schools at an epidemic level BY Seung Lee The first wave of emotions, victims say, is a combination of panic and powerlessness. They click and reclick on files on their desktops—agendas for the Christian camp, payroll data for hundreds of teachers or medical information for veterans—to no avail.

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Cyber Attacks on Daesh Use Tools Others Also Have: U.S. Defense Chief

By Joseph Menn SANTA CLARA, May 11 – Cyber attack techniques used by the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh could also be used by other countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Wednesday. Speaking in California, Carter told reporters that the U.S.-led coalition used electronic techniques to disrupt and degrade the jihadist force’s ability to

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When Mobsters Meet Hackers – the New, Improved Bank Heist

By Jeremy Wagstaff and Jim Finkle March 31 – No need for stocking masks and sawn-off shotguns. The unprecedented heist of $81 million from the U.S. account of Bangladesh’s central bank is the latest among increasingly large thefts by criminals who have leveraged the speed and anonymity of hacking to revolutionise burgling banks. Hundreds of

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For Bank Heist Hackers, the Philippines Was a Handy Black Hole

By John Chalmers and Karen Lema MANILA, March 21 – In February 2013, the Philippines was up against a deadline to amend its Anti-Money Laundering Act and get itself off the ‘grey list’ of a global watchdog, and lawmakers were bickering over whether to include casinos under the legislation. With one day to go, a

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Apple Users Targeted in First Known Mac Ransomware Campaign

By Jim Finkle BOSTON, March 7 – Apple Inc customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks Inc told Reuters on Sunday. Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on

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U.S. Military Invites Pre-Approved Experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’

By Andrea Shalal SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 – The Pentagon on Wednesday invited outside hackers who have been vetted to test the cyber security of some public U.S. Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, the first such program ever by the federal government. “Hack the Pentagon” is modeled after similar

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Apple’s Fight with U.S. Could Speed Development of Gov’t Proof Devices

By Joseph Menn and Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 23 – The legal showdown between Apple Inc and U.S. law enforcement over encryption, no matter the outcome, will likely accelerate tech company efforts to engineer safeguards against government intrusion, tech industry executives say. Already, an emerging industry is marketing super-secure phones and mobile applications. An

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Hackers Bring Down Thai Websites Over British Murders Verdict

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, Jan 13 – International hacking movement Anonymous said it attacked hundreds of Thai government websites on Wednesday over death sentences handed down to two migrant workers for the murder of two British tourists. A court sentenced Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 22, to death on

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