Archive for the ‘Internet security’ Category

Russia’s ‘kompromat’: Soviet-era tool to blackmail opponents

(Media Release) Reports that Russian intelligence gathered compromising information about US President-elect Donald Trump have stirred memories of the dark art of “kompromat”, a Soviet-era form of blackmail used to shame adversaries. The practice was widely used by the Soviet Union’s secret services to squeeze information out of Western diplomats during the Cold War and […]

Trump denies Russian ‘leverage’ amid claims of compromising material

(Media Release) US President-elect Donald Trump has reacted furiously to claims that Russia has “compromising” material on him, saying Moscow has “never tried to use leverage on me”. Mr Trump condemned intelligence agencies for allowing “fake news” to “leak” into the public, asking: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” The claims say his election campaign […]

US hacking claims: Russia says ‘indecent’ without evidence

(Media Release) US claims that Russia hacked official emails, without evidence, are “indecent”, the Kremlin has said. “They need to either stop talking about this or finally present some sort of proof,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said. US President Barack Obama has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the […]

Russian hack almost brought the U.S. military to its knees

(Media Release) Russian hackers struck at the heart of the U.S. military in August 2015 by seizing the e-mail system used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CBS News has learned. Then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey was alerted to the attack by an early-morning phone call from the Director of the National Security […]

Hackers Program ATMs to Spew Cash

(Media Release) Cybercriminals who once earned millions by breaking into individual online bank accounts are now targeting the banks’ own computers, with often-dramatic results. In Taiwan and Thailand earlier this year, the criminals programmed bank ATMs to spew cash. Gang members stood in front of the machines at the appointed hour and collected millions of […]

Is your smartphone listening to you?

(Media Release) It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up […]

How easy is it to hack a home network?

(Media Release) Help my home is under attack. Right now, skilled adversaries are probing its defences seeking a way in. They are swift, relentless and smart. No weakness will escape their notice. But I am not without defences. I’ve tried to harden the most vulnerable devices to stop them being compromised and I’ve set up warning […]

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