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Microsoft says discovers hacking targeting democratic institutions in Europe

“(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and plans to offer a cyber security service to several countries to close security gaps” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Ahead of a critical European Parliament election in May, German officials are trying to bolster cyber security after a far-reaching data breach by a 20-year-old student laid bare the vulnerability of Europe’s largest economy. Source: reuters.com

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Microsoft expands political security service to 12 European countries

“(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and plans to offer a cyber security service to several countries to close security gaps” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Ahead of a critical European Parliament election in May, German officials are trying to bolster cyber security after a far-reaching data breach by a 20-year-old student laid bare the vulnerability of Europe’s largest economy. Source: reuters.com

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India Targets Cryptocurrency Crime аs Part оf Cyber Security Offensive

“Cryptocurrency crime forms one focus of a dedicated cybercrime lab launched by Indian authorities this week, Indian daily news outlet The Hindu reported on Feb. 19” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. As part of efforts to step up the fight against internet-based adversaries, India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the cyber forensic lab and Cyber Protection Awareness and Detection Centre (CyPAD), which will be operated by police in Delhi.The announcement comes as India continues to make slow progress on separating the actions of criminals from legitimate usage of cryptocurrency.Local…

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Chinese and Iranian hackers increase cyber attacks on US

“Chinese and Iranian hackers have been aggressively targeting US businesses and government agencies because of Donald Trump’s ongoing conflicts with the two countries, the New York Times has reported” writes Stephen Bush for telegraph.co.uk. According to the newspaper, dozens of US banks, businesses and government offices have been hit amid a marked increase in cyber attacks.It follows a report by US intelligence chiefs last month, which warned that China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the country’s main cyber adversaries, “increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number…

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Australia’s PM says the country’s parliament and three largest political parties have been hacked by a “sophisticated state actor” ahead of a federal election

“Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed Australia’s political parties suffered cyber attacks alongside the Parliament House computer network several weeks ago by a “sophisticated state actor”” writes Chris Uhlmann for smh.com.au. The announcement is likely to intensify speculation that China was behind the attacks, which come just three months before the federal election, though Mr Morrison said there was no evidence of election interference.Sources are describing the level of sophistication as “unprecedented” but are unable to say yet which foreign government is behind the attack. The attacks are understood to…

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UK security chiefs: Huawei risk in 5G can be contained

“UK security chiefs have advised that the risk of using Huawei technology in the new superfast 5G could be contained despite US warnings about opening the telecoms network up to Chinese cyber-espionage, according to sources” writes Rowena Mason for theguardian.com. A NCSC spokesperson said:“The National Cyber Security Centre is committed to the security of UK networks, and we have a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber-security. “As was made clear in July’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) oversight board, the NCSC has concerns around Huawei’s engineering…

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a “sophisticated” hack attack that could be the work of a foreign government

“National security agencies are continuing to scour the Parliament’s computer network for threats to MPs’ data after what is being described as a “sophisticated” hack attack that could be the work of a foreign government” writes Chris Uhlmann for smh.com.au. Alastair MacGibbon, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, said the government’s cyber experts would work over coming days and weeks to make sure all the breaches had been detected and the hackers’ presence removed.The hacking comes just three months ahead of the federal election, prompting fears that if MPs…

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compromised billion-dollar business service provider Visma in 2018

“Cyber security firms and Western governments have warned about Cloudhopper several times since 2017 but have not disclosed the identities of the companies affected” writes Min Read for reuters.com. LONDON (Reuters) – Hackers working on behalf of Chinese intelligence breached the network of Norwegian software firm Visma to steal secrets from its clients, cyber security researchers said, in what a company executive described as a potentially catastrophic attack.The attack was part of what Western countries said in December is a global hacking campaign by China’s Ministry of State Security to…

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China hacked Norway’s Visma to steal client secrets: investigators

“Cyber security firms and Western governments have warned about Cloudhopper several times since 2017 but have not disclosed the identities of the companies affected” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “Because organizations are focused on improving their own cyber security, we are seeing an increase in activity targeting supply chains as actors try to find other ways in,” he said.Paul Chichester, director for operations at Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre, said the Visma case highlighted the dangers organizations increasingly face from cyber attacks on their supply chains.LONDON (Reuters) – Hackers…

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China says it is not a threat to Norway, denies cyber espionage

“While Russian security services posed the biggest threat, China also conducts intelligence operations against Norwegian interests and businesses, including trying to penetrate computer networks, Norwegian intelligence service PST said in its annual threat assessment report” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. OSLO (Reuters) – A Norwegian intelligence assessment that China posed a threat to the Nordic country’s security by seeking to steal its secrets was “ridiculous”, the Chinese Embassy said on Monday as Norway mulled the future status of China’s Huawei Technologies.”China poses no threat to Norway’s security.It’s very ridiculous…

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