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China’s WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation

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China says it is investigating its largest social media platforms – Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba – for alleged violations of cyber security laws. The Cyberspace Administration said people had been using the three platforms to spread terror-related material, rumours and obscenities. The breaches “jeopardised national security,” the administration said….

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China’s Quantum Satellite- the end of communications hacking?

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In recent years, China has experienced many major technological advances in the field of space science. The most recent of these advances began on 16 August last year when China launched the world’s first quantum satellite: Micius. The program has yielded record-breaking results and continues to assist groundbreaking research in…

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China’s quantum breakthrough a step forward in space race to end hacking

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China’s quantum breakthrough a step forward in space race to end hacking

A record-breaking experiment by a Chinese satellite has taken the weird world of quantum physics to new heights and is likely to spur other nations, including Canada, in their efforts to develop an unhackable form of long-distance communication. “We have done something that was absolutely impossible using conventional approaches,” said…

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China’s Cybersecurity Law Tested, Tech Provider Weakness in Russian Hacking

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China’s Cybersecurity Law Tested, Tech Provider Weakness in Russian Hacking

It has been about a week since China implemented its new controversial cybersecurity law, and it is already being put to the test. Yesterday, Chinese authorities stated that they’d uncovered a huge underground operation run by Apple employees stealing and selling user computer and phone personal data. According to Fox…

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Bounty platforms use ‘white hat’ hackers to prevent China’s cyber attacks

More than 800 Chinese “white hat” hackers gathered in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province, on Thursday, to attend the China White Hat Conference held by 360 Business Security Group’s Butian Vulnerability Response Platform (Butian). Unlike movie-fueled myths, most of them … View full post on National Cyber Security Ventures

Putin brings China’s Great Firewall to Russia in cybersecurity pact

A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee typing on a computer keyboard at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Thibault MARCHAND

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Putin brings China’s Great Firewall to Russia in cybersecurity pact

Russia has been working on incorporating elements of China’s Great Firewall into the “Red Web”, the country’s system of internet filtering and control, after unprecedented cyber collaboration between the countries.
A decision earlier this month to block the networking site

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Guangdong is China’s most-hacked province, with many victims lured by gambling sites: report

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Guangdong is China’s most-hacked province, with many victims lured by gambling sites: report

Across China, Guangdong province suffered the most cyberattacks, with Beijing and Shandong coming in second and third respectively, according to a report from a Chinese antivirus software developer. Between January and June, Guangdong, China’s most populous province, suffered more than 4.55 million attacks from phishing websites, said the report released by Rising last week. Read […]

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China’s Xinhua says U.S. OPM hack was not state-sponsored

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China’s Xinhua says U.S. OPM hack was not state-sponsored

China’s official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday anINVESTIGATION into a massive U.S. computer breach last year that compromised data on more than 22 million federal workers found that the hacking attack was criminal, not state-sponsored. In an article about a meeting in Washington between top U.S. and Chinese officials on cyberSECURITY issues, Xinhua said the breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was among the cases discussed. The report did not give details of who conducted the investigation or whether both U.S. and Chinese officials agreed with the conclusion. The Cyberspace Administration of China, the country’s Internet regulator, did not immediately reply to a request for comment. In Washington, OPM referred inquiries to the U.S. Department of HomelandSECURITY, which also did not immediately respond to a request for comment. White House spokesman Josh Earnest would not comment on the results of the U.S.-Chinese talks but called the dialogue “an importantSTEP” toward addressing longstanding U.S. concerns about Chinese cyber espionage. U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper in June said the OPM cyber attack was carried out by Chinese hackers but did not specifically accuse China’s government. Clapper told a Washington intelligence conference: “You have to kind of salute the […]

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China’s Latest Online Crackdown Sees 900 Hackers Arrested

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China’s Latest Online Crackdown Sees 900 Hackers Arrested

China has arrested more than 900 hackers in an online campaign launched in July amid criticism from the US over increasing hacker attacks originating from the Communist country and targeting top American commercial firms. The suspects were involved in 400 cases and are accused of a wide range of cyber-crimes including swindling money from individuals and banks, the Ministry of Public Security said today. In one case from March, five suspects hacked into the email accounts of a Vietnamese company planning to purchase goods worth $75,000 from a Chinese company, and gained pertinent trade information. The five, including three foreigners, used that information to pose as staff of the Chinese company and obtained the money for the deal from the Vietnamese, state-run Xinhua quoted the Ministry’s statement as saying. In another case, a group of 31 suspects from China and South Korea stole bank card information from Korean citizens via Trojan programs and phishing websites. Later the Korean suspects called the victims in the name of banking staff and transferred their deposits after luring them to remove the security settings, according to the statement. The ministry said it had established 300 specialist facilities across the country to improve monitoring of […]

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China’s Elite Hacking Unit Disappeared Inexplicably

The company that helped uncover major online security breaches from China last year says exposing the hackers had the effect of shutting them down — at least temporarily.

Last year, the New York Times reported on what it believed to be an elite Chinese military unit that had been sitting on its networks, quietly spying on it and countless other U.S. companies. The news kicked off months’ worth of debate about America’s exposure to cyberattack.

The unit, labeled as “Advanced Persistent Threat 1” or APT1 by the independent security firm Mandiant, usually communicates with the malware it has installed in various targets year-round.
According to a new report from Mandiant published on Thursday, APT1 ceased virtually all its activity in early 2013.

An unusual behavior for this group was compared to previous years. And found an abnormal pattern compared to other threats Mandiant tracks and that it says are based in China.

After the Times report, this advanced persistent threat didn’t stop its activities for more than a couple months. If anything, its command and control communications seemed to intensify in late summer last year compared to previous years.

“This is actually fascinating evidence (data in graphs by Mandiant) that shows that you have an adaptive adversary,” said Allan Friedman, a cybersecurity scholar at George Washington University. “If we interpret this as a fairly complete sample, then it looks like they shut down things as soon as this information was published.”

That’s supported by another finding in the Mandiant report showing that APT1 abruptly changed the IP addresses it was using to access its malware when Mandiant issued its own profile on the hacking unit.

The drop in activity may also suggest that “naming and shaming” by the United States is a viable tactic, said Jason Healey, a cyber-scholar at the Washington-based Atlantic Council.
What’s still unclear is who arranged the change in behavior. It’s possible that higher-ups in the Chinese government were not aware of what APT1 was doing, said Friedman. If that’s the case, he said, then upon seeing the U.S. reports, Beijing may have called down to stop the activity because it didn’t serve China’s strategic mission. But Friedman adds there’s also a chance that APT1’s espionage was part of an officially sanctioned program, and that when APT1 was detected, its tactics changed simply to limit the Chinese government’s exposure to criticism.

Source: http://whogothack.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/chinas-elite-hacking-unit-disappeared.html#.VjPpffmqqko

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