North Korea ‘tried to hack’ Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine

South Korea’s intelligence agency says North Korea attempted to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer, the US pharmaceutical firm whose highly effective COVID-19 vaccine is being given to millions of people around the world. North Korea has been under self-imposed isolation since closing its borders in January last year and leader […]

UAE spies monitored Michelle Obama, Sheikha Moza emails: Report

New York Times says email communications between former US first lady and Qatari royal were surveilled. UAE spies hacked devices belonging to Qatar’s royal family and intercepted private communications between then-US First Lady Michelle Obama and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, according to a new book by a New York Times reporter. Previous news […]

Suspected Chinese hackers breach US government via SolarWinds bug

Suspected Chinese hackers exploited a flaw in software made by SolarWinds Corp to help break into United States government computers last year, five people familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency, marking a new twist in a sprawling cybersecurity breach that US lawmakers have labelled a national security emergency. Two people briefed on the […]

Bangladesh bought spyware from Israeli surveillance company

Bangladesh has bought Israeli-made surveillance equipment that can be used to monitor the mobile phones of hundreds of people simultaneously, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. Documents and statements obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit show that the Bangladesh army purchased the Israeli equipment in 2018 using a Bangkok-based middleman and Bangladeshi military intelligence officers […]

Biden hires ‘world class’ cybersecurity team after massive hack

President Joe Biden is hiring a group of national security veterans with deep cyber expertise, drawing praise from former defence officials and investigators as the United States government works to recover from one of the biggest hacks of its agencies attributed to Russian spies. “It is great to see the priority that the new administration is […]

US Economy is ‘spiraling downward’, warns top Biden advisor

US President-elect Biden’s $1.9 trillion spending plan will help generate the kind of ‘robust recovery’ the US needs, says incoming head of National Economic Council. A top economic adviser to President-elect Joe Biden warned the US economy is “spiraling downward” and called for swift action to address vulnerabilities that the global pandemic has drawn into […]

US intelligence agencies say Russia likely behind gov’t hack

The agencies said the widespread breaches appeared to be part of a spying, not a disruption, operation. United States intelligence agencies have said that Russia was likely behind an enormous hack of government departments and corporations. The announcement on Tuesday, which came in a rare joint statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the National […]

Swedish friend of Assange fights to clear his name in Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador – For nearly 21 months, Ola Bini has been waiting for his day in court. The Swedish software developer and digital privacy activist was arrested in April 2019 in the South American nation on allegations he accessed the computer system of a public institute without permission. Bini has denied the charge, which carries […]

Has a ‘fifth generation war’ started between India and Pakistan?

Earlier this month, the Brussels-based organisation EU DisinfoLab published an investigative report titled Indian Chronicles, which revealed a staggering network of misinformation and propaganda against Pakistan. The report exposed an operation that took place over 15 years in 116 countries, featuring more than 500 fake media outlets and a dozen fake NGOs. This network endeavoured […]

Microsoft says suspected Russian hackers accessed source code

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to say which source code the hackers viewed. Microsoft Corp. said the suspected Russian hackers behind the stunning breach of numerous U.S. government agencies also accessed the company’s internal source code, although no customer data or services were compromised. “We detected unusual activity with a small number of internal accounts and […]

Coalition of rights groups joins suit against Israeli firm NSO

Facebook last year filed a lawsuit against NSO, accusing it of subverting WhatsApp to hack into phones of activists. A coalition of human rights groups on Wednesday joined Facebook’s lawsuit against Israeli spyware vendor NSO, alleging that the company “prioritizes profit to the detriment of human rights”. The organisations – including internet rights group Access Now, London-based Amnesty International, and the Committee to Protect Journalists […]

Biden blames Trump for ‘downplaying’ cyberattack on US government

US President-elect Joe Biden says the ‘assault’ on government computers will not ‘go unanswered’. United States President-elect Joe Biden warned the recently uncovered cyber-“assault” on government computers had compromised US national security and would not “go unanswered” once he becomes president. “This attack constitutes a grave risk to our national security,” Biden said on Tuesday […]

Hackers target Premier League giants Manchester United #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The football club said it shut down affected systems but confirmed customer and fan personal data was not breached. Cybercriminals targeted Manchester United’s IT systems in a “sophisticated” hacking operation but the English Premier League team said it fended off the strike. According to a statement released late on Friday, “cyber defences” identified the “sophisticated […]

US claims Iranian hackers accessed voter information #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Iranian officials have denied hacking claims, saying it makes no difference to them whether Trump or Biden wins. United States officials said late Friday that Iranian hackers it accused of sending threatening emails sent to thousands of Americans earlier this month had successfully accessed voter data. The emails appeared to be from the far-right Proud […]

Facebook to limit political advertisements before US election

With just two months left until the United States presidential election, Facebook says it is taking more steps to encourage voting, minimise misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “civil unrest”. The company said on Thursday it will restrict new political advertisements in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about […]