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#iossecurity | #applesecurity | China state newspaper criticizes Apple for app use by Hong Kong protesters

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, lashed out on Tuesday at Apple Inc for allowing an app on its app store that tracks the movement of police around Hong Kong and is used by protesters in ongoing and sometimes violent demonstrations.

In a commentary the newspaper did not mention the name of the location app, but it decried what it said was Apple’s complicity in helping the protesters and questioned whether Apple was “thinking clearly”.

One such map that is available on the Apple app store, the HKmap.live app, has become a lightning rod on Twitter for criticism and support of the protests. The developer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Saturday in a tweet they said that Apple had “many business considerations” but had “make thing(s) right.”

Apple is the latest foreign company to catch heat in relation to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, which have lasted four months.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and U.S. sports brand Vans also have become embroiled in controversies over the protests.

The piece on the website of the People’s Daily said Apple did not have a sense of right and wrong, and ignored the truth.

Making the App available on Apple’s Hong Kong app Store at this time was “opening the door” to violent protesters in the former British colony.

“Letting poisonous software have its way is a betrayal of the Chinese people’s feelings,” the paper said.

Apple did not respond to a request for a comment.

Reporting by Twinnie Siu in Hong Kong and Stephen Nellis in San Franisco; Editing by Peter Henderson and David Gregorio

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Man, 30, held over #hacking attacks on two #Hong Kong #travel #agencies

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Officers raid IT worker’s flat on Cheung Chau and also seize two desktop computers, two laptops, one tablet, three hard disks and five mobile phones

A 30-year-old Hong Kong man was arrested in connection with cyberattacks in which the computers of two travel agencies in the city were hacked and their clients’ sensitive personal information held for ransom, with payouts in bitcoin sought last week.

The two travel agencies reported the incidents to police on January 1 and 2.

One bitcoin (HK$123,735 or US$15,819) was demanded as a ransom in each hacking case, according to police.

Officers from the force’s Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau raided a flat in the outlying island of Cheung Chau and arrested the man on Saturday.

During the operation, police seized two desktop computers, two laptops, one tablet, three hard disks and five mobile phones in the flat.

At lunchtime on Monday, police escorted the suspect to his workplace on Hoi Yuen Road in the Kwun Tong district of Kowloon to gather evidence.

The Post understands the suspect, a computer technician, hacked into the computers of the agencies on New Year’s Day through security loopholes on their websites hours before the companies were hit with demands for a ransom to be paid in bitcoin.

“An email was sent to the persons in charge of the companies after the personal information of more than 20,000 customers was stolen from the computer servers of the agencies,” a police source said.

“The companies were told to pay in bitcoin in a newly opened account with threats that their customers’ data would be posted on the internet if the firms failed to pay on Saturday.”

The stolen information included customers’ names, identity card numbers and contact numbers but no credit card information was involved.

Officers from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau were understood to have worked around the clock and checked tens of thousands of log records to the servers to gather information.

“Investigations showed circuitous routes were used to hack into the computer servers, but officers eventually identified the suspect through his IP address,” another source said.

He said the man was nabbed at home on Cheung Chau hours before the payment deadline.

Officers would carry out a forensic examination of the victims’ computers and hard disks to gather information, he said.

At about 5pm on Monday, the suspect was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

“We believe his motive was to look for money,” said bureau superintendent Swalikh Mohammed said.

Investigations were continuing and he did not rule out the possibility of further arrests.

“The cyber world is not a lawless place where criminals can hide. A majority of the laws applicable to the real world can also be applied to the internet,” he warned.

He said blackmail was a serious offence that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

Travel agency Goldjoy Holidays revealed on Thursday that unauthorised parties accessed its customer database containing personal information such as names and identity card numbers, passport details and phone numbers.

The company apologised to customers and promised it was taking steps to tighten cybersecurity.

The other agency, Big Line Holiday, said on Wednesday night that hackers might have broken into its database a day earlier and gained possession of some of its customers’ personal information.

The data was believed to include ID card numbers, home return permit numbers and phone numbers.

In a statement, Big Line said: “Our company attaches great importance to this incident and deeply apologises to the affected clients.”

Big Line, which has 13 branches and organises tours to mainland China and Asia, said it received a letter from perpetrators demanding a sum of money for the release of the information.

In November, one of the city’s largest travel agencies, Hong Kong-listed WWPKG Holdings, revealed that its customer database had also been hacked, putting at risk personal data such as ID card numbers and credit card information of some 200,000 customers.

The culprits had asked for a seven-figure ransom, to be paid in bitcoin, but the firm did not pay and instead called the police, who later managed to decrypt the data. Because of the hacking incident, all four of the agency’s branches -in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and Sha Tin – were closed for a day.

The force recorded 653 cases of cybercrimes in 2005, the first year it began tracking such offences, and saw the number reach 5,939 in 2016, with financial losses hitting HK$2.3 billion.

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Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s Consultation on Proposals to Reduce Hacking Risks in Internet Trading

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On May 8, 2017, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) launched a two-month consultation on proposals to reduce and mitigate hacking risks associated with internet trading. The SFC aims to conclude the consultation and finalize the revised Code of Conduct1 and the new Guidelines2 by September or October…

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Hong Kong firms fear cybersecurity and economic risks most, says survey

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Cybersecurity, economic downturn, regulatory and financial risks are Hong Kong executives biggest worries in 2017, a survey looking at the extent to which Hong Kong-listed companies have embedded risk management in their businesses found. Findings in the report of the survey by KPMG and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered…

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Beware of hackers when using spy cameras at home, Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog warns

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog has warned about the dangers of home surveillance cameras if users fail to take basic security steps to protect their privacy. The cameras have become popular in recent years with consumers looking to keep an eye … The post Beware of hackers […]

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DragonCon Hong Kong 2016

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DragonCon Hong Kong 2016

December 10, 2016 | Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, SAR China
For the first time, Hong Kong’s premier security research group Dragon Threat Labs is hosting DragonCon, possibly the most technically-intensive security conference borne out of Hong Kong.
In keeping with

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Hackers Steal $2 Million From Bitcoin Exchange In Hong Kong, Bounty Offered To Recover Funds

ComputerYour ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. For cryptocurrency enthusiasts seeking mainstream adoption, events like this are so unhelpful. Hackers appear to have made off with the equivalent of $2 million in digital currencies from Gatecoin, according […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Hong Kong Monetary Authority to boost cybersecurity for city’s banking system

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Chinese Hackers Used Dropbox To Monitor Hong Kong Activists, Journalists: FireEye

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Chinese Hackers Used Dropbox To Monitor Hong Kong Activists, Journalists: FireEye

Chinese hackers used malicious software to monitor journalists and activist groups involved in the Hong Kong protests this year, according to new research from the cybersecurity company FireEye. Attackers used Dropbox and other cloud storage providers to communicate malware after targeting users with a phishing message. The hackers launched a spearphishing campaign, which involves targeting a specific person with an email that appears to be from a known source, against Hong Kong-based media organizations and protest leaders in August 2015. There is evidence of Beijing’s concern with Hong Kong, where 79 days of pro-democracy demonstrations brought the semi-autonomous city to a halt in 2014. FireEye stopped short of directly linking the Chinese government to the hack but stipulated the attack had the sophistication level of a nation state. “The media organizations targeted with the threat group’s well-crafted Chinese-language lure documents are precisely those whose networks Beijing would seek to monitor,” FireEye said in a blog post published Tuesday. “Cyberthreat groups’ access to the media organization’s networks could potentially provide the government advance warning on upcoming protests, information on pro-democracy group leaders, and insights needed to disrupt activity on the Internet, such as what occurred in mid-2014 when several websites were brought down in […]

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Hong Kong Sees Rising Number of Cyberattacks

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Hong Kong Sees Rising Number of Cyberattacks

A year after pro-democracy protests filled the streets of Hong Kong, the city has become a target of multiple, and sophisticated, cyber attacks. Hong Kong cyber security watchdog Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team said there has been a 38 percent rise in hacking attacks since last year. Nicholas Thomas, a Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, said it is unclear who is behind these cyber attacks. “With what’s been going on the Hong Kong side, there’s been no direct tie to the Chinese government, or any government agencies. That is possible of course. But this could equally be Chinese hacker groups who are displaying some nationalist tendencies in cyberspace and doing this under their own steam,” said Thomas. Since August of last year there have been more than 1,175 phishing attacks, where users’ data and computers are compromised after clicking on an attachment to an email. But cyber attacks in the city have not been limited to phishing methods. Western security experts say hackers are using more sophisticated techniques, such as Google Drive and Dropbox to hack into democracy activists’ devices. Hackers are also using “white lists,” which compromise the data of certain visitors to some websites. […]

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