China will soon have the world's most secure major computer network, making communications between Beijing and Shanghai impenetrable to hackers and giving it a decisive edge in its quiet cyberwar with the United States of America.
A fibre-optic cable between the two cities will transmit quantum encryption keys that can completely secure government, financial and military information from eavesdroppers. Currently, anyone wanting to send a secret message over the internet encrypts their communications so that only someone with the right code at the other end can unlock it. China is building the world’s first long-distance quantum encryption network, a line that will be theoretically unhackable.Read more
A new kind of malicious software strikes at Mac OS X and iPhone users in China. Apple users in China have an active, new threat to contend with that attacks iPhones and iPads through Apple's Mac OS X operating system, a US security firm reported.
The malicious software waits for a device running iOS mobile operating system to connect via USB to a Mac laptop or desktop. The software stores adds malicious code to legitimate iOS apps. The malware attack is limited to China. The threat is new to Apple, though this sort of attack has been around since about 2003, said intelligence director. Apple did not return a request for comment.Read more
A cyberattack on federal security clearance contractor USIS, was unnoticed for months before it was revealed by the company and government agencies earlier this year.
Officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told that the breach, similar to previous hacker intrusions from China and cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in lost government contracts. In addition to trying to identify the perpetrators and evaluate the scale of the stolen material, the government inquiries have prompted concerns about why computer detection alarms inside the company failed to quickly notice the hackers.Read more
Text message spam is best ignored, but when a security researcher followed a trail of deception laid out on Apple's iMessage he became the proud owner of cheap designer accessories from China.
If you haven't gotten spam on your Apple iMessage, count yourself lucky. Spam has been ballooning on the tech giant's mobile messaging service, security researchers at CloudMark say. In May, iMessage spam made up more than 40 percent of all mobile spam. Landesman, anti-spam researcher, confirmed his suspicion that the spam came from China after buying the advertised designer-label knock-offs. They were all shipped from China.Read more
To infiltrate foreign networks and gain access to sensitive systems, the NSA has been using the tactics of “physical subversion” – deploying undercover agents in Chinese, German, South Korean and possibly even American companies.
Past reports on the National Security Agency have typically depicted a government organ that hacks other systems or works with private corporations to bypass their own encryption protections, but the latest report based on files leaked by Edward Snowden suggests the agency could be embedding operatives into foreign, as well as domestic, “commercial entities.”Read more
China is looking to launch its own operating system, an initiative that the government reportedly hopes will make its information systems more secure. Ni Guangnan, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the country's state-run engineering arm, says the new Chinese operating system could be launched as early as October.
Details regarding the underpinnings of the operating system have yet to be revealed, but the move was reportedly spurred by the end of support of Windows XP and the ban on Windows 8 in China. The government also launched an anti-monopoly probe against Microsoft earlier this year.Read more
Canada accused China on Tuesday of hacking into the computers of its research and development arm, which Beijing strongly denied.
China partners each year with thousands of Canadians firms to roll out new technologies, and took advantage of this arrangement to engage in a cyber attack, Ottawa said. "Recently, the government of Canada, through the work of the Communications Security Establishment, detected and confirmed a cyber intrusion on the IT infrastructure of the National Research Council of Canada by a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor," said a government statement.Read more
According to the Chinese mass media charges, information security could suffer. At the same time Apple representatives claim that user‘s location data are only on his device and can't be saved on iTunes or iCloud.
Apple denies Chinese statement, broadcasted on China Central Television (CCTV) about surveillance over users. The "Frequent Locations" function caused many questions. According to the Chinese mass media, the information gathered by Apple can reveal the entire country's economic situation and even state secrets. In turn, Apple‘s technical support declares that the "Frequent Locations" function doesn't track your smartphone.Read more
Countries of greatest interest to the U.S. are China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan, according to German weekly.
The United States’ surveillance programs included intensive spying on Germany, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday. Der Spiegel cited a classified document from the archive of Edward Snowden, the American citizen who fled the U.S. after revealing details of its espionage programs and has received temporary asylum in Russia. According to the report, in April 2013, U.S. officials ranked its espionage targets on a scale of 1 (of highest interest) to 5.Read more