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APT32 hackers targeted Chinese govt over coronavirus response

Hackers working in support of the Vietnamese government have attempted to break into Chinese state organisations at the centre of Beijing’s effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak, according to US cyber security firm FireEye. FireEye said a hacking group known as APT32 had tried to compromise the personal and professional email accounts of staff at […]

China-linked ‘Electric Panda’ hackers seek U.S. targets, intel agency warns

Nearly 40 U.S. contracting facilities with access to classified information have been targeted by a hacking group with suspected ties to the Chinese government since Feb. 1, according to a bulletin disseminated to contractors by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency on Wednesday. The bulletin, obtained by Politico, is marked “unclassified/for official use only” and […]

Huawei rebuts Australian 5G security concerns

Huawei refuted Australian claims it poses a security risk, calling the criticism “ill-informed” in an open letter on Monday that threatens to inflame already heightened Sino-Canberra tensions. Australia is likely to ban Huawei from participating in a 5G mobile telecommunications rollout in the nation as it fears the company is de facto controlled by China […]

China is seeking to become a “cyber superpower”

Supercomputers have their origins in national security. The biggest are still mostly paid for by governments, and continue to bolster countries’ national self-esteem. For decades, it was axiomatic that the fastest of these computers would mostly be American, or at least use American chips. No longer. When Top500, a website, released its latest list of […]

China discourages its hackers from foreign competitions so they don’t help others

China is discouraging its internet security experts from taking part in international hacking competitions because of national security concerns, according to a Beijing-based company that was informed of the decision. Beijing Chaitin Technology Co. was told by the Chinese government at the end of last year not to participate in such competitions, according to a […]

US slower than China at recording bugs in national vulnerability database

China’s National Vulnerability Database (CCNVD) is much faster than its U.S. counterpart when it comes to reporting the latest confirmed product vulnerabilities, according to a new report. Researchers at Recorded Future found that between Sept. 13, 2015 and Sept. 13, 2017, it took an average of 33 days for the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to […]

Beijing warns computer users across country over massive ‘Petya’ cyberattack

Beijing has warned computer users across the country to guard against a massive cyberattack spreading around the globe, but the damage from the “Petya” ­ransomware virus in Asia ­appeared to be limited on Wednesday. It has hit Ukraine’s central bank, Russian oil giant Rosneft and British advertising firm WPP, among others, demanding US$300 (HK$2,340) in […]

Australia ‘spies and steals technology’, Chinese state paper says as war of words flares again

A Chinese state-run newspaper fired back on Thursday at recent Australian allegations of influence-buying by Beijing, saying the country spied on China, harassed its citizens and stole its technology. An unnamed employee of China’s national security department told the Global Timesthat Australian intelligence agents in disguise collect information from Chinese people overseas or encourage them to […]

HKCERT – Petwrap / NotPetya Ransomware Encrypts Victim Data

A new variant of ransomware known as Petwrap / Petrwrap / Petya / NotPetya / Nyetya is spreading quickly. HKCERT was aware that it is widespread overseas. The different name indicate the industry is debating if the ransomware is directly related to another known ransomware Petya. It incorporated the attack method from the WannaCry ransomware […]

China introduces emergency cybersecurity plan

China released Tuesday an emergency response plan for Internet security incidents. The plan was formulated and released by the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, to “improve handling of cybersecurity incidents, prevent and reduce damage, protect the public interest and safeguard national security, public safety and social order.” The plan divides cybersecurity […]