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Oil, gas and defence firms in Norway have been hit by a series of sophisticated hack attacks.

 

Industrial secrets and information about contract negotiations had been stolen, said Norway’s National Security Agency (NSM).

It said 10 firms, and perhaps many more, had been targeted in the biggest wave of attacks to hit the country.

Norway is the latest in a growing list of nations that have lost secrets and intellectual property to cyber thieves.

The attackers won access to corpora
te networks using customised emails with viruses attached which did not trigger anti-malware detection systems. Continue reading »

Keys spell "murto," Finnish for break-in.

Finland’s communications watchdog, Ficora, says people whose data was leaked through a file-sharing website should not try to take matters into their own hands. The events cannot be undone, says the organisation.

Several copies of the leaked files are now circulating on the internet.

Ficora’s head of networks and security, Erka Koivunen, says people whose personal details were published online should wait for the responsible party to contact them. Continue reading »

Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is dealing with more government demands to turn over information about its users as more people immerse themselves online.

The mounting pressure on the Internet search leader emerged in a statistical snapshot that Google Inc. released Tuesday of its dealings with authorities around the world. Google provided a country-by-country capsule of its legal sparring with authorities during the first six months of the year. Continue reading »

By: Mark Stockley

A missing dot in an email address might mean messages end up in the hands of cyber thieves, researchers have found.

By creating web domains that contained commonly mistyped names, the investigators received emails that would otherwise not be delivered.

Over six months they grabbed 20GB of data made up of 120,000 wrongly sent messages.

Some of the intercepted correspondence contained user names, passwords, and details of corporate networks.

About 30% of the top 500 companies in the US were vulnerable to this security shortcoming according to researchers Peter Kim and Garret Gee of the Godai Group. Continue reading »

By: THE FINANCIAL TIMES LTD

Recent days have prompted a positive tsunami of fresh claims in the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper operations. There have been allegations of illegal behaviour involving senior newspaper executives, police officers and even the prime minister’s own former media adviser.

In the face of this wave of accusations David Cameron, the prime minister, probably had no choice but to concede the establishment of public inquiries to examine both the conduct of the media in illegally intercepting mobile phone messages and also that of the police in investigating this activity. While the precise remit and timing of the inquiries has yet to be fully determined, this is surely the correct decision. Continue reading »

By: Dan Kaplan

Google has identified and disrupted a campaign operating out of eastern China meant to hijack and monitor the Gmail accounts belonging to hundreds of users, the technology giant revealed Wednesday.

Victims included U.S. and Asian government officials — mostly from South Korea, military members, journalists and Chinese political activists, said Eric Grosse, engineering director of the Google’s security team, in a blog post.

The campaign appears to trace back to Jinan, China and involves the theft of users’ Gmail passwords, likely through phishing, he said. Google was able to disrupt the campaign, secure the affected accounts and notify the targeted individuals. Continue reading »

Avivah Litan, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said in a blog post that the attackers sent low-level RSA employees emails that contained an Excel spreadsheet attachment labeled “2011 Recruitment Plan.” Continue reading »

By MATTHEW LYNLEY

Anonymous, a group of online hackers that frequently takes up politically charged causes such as bringing down the websites for Visa and other credit card companies, has released a massive batch of internal Bankof America emails.

It looks like the hacker group, which frequents online message board 4chan, made good on a promise Wikileaks founder Julian Assange made several months ago. Assange and Wikileaks indicated that they planned to publish the documents in December. But that was before Assange was arrested on suspicion of sexual offenses in December. Continue reading »

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