China’s computer poachers turn gamekeepers

dcharries_gamekeeperA sea change is happening in China where kids who would normally be hackers are turning into security experts.

Chinese companies are finding themselves being turned over regularly and with the increase in the number of cyber-attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country’s cyber security industry.… Read the rest

Greenwald slams Times for printing “encryption lies”

snowden_2912545bHack Glenn Greenwald has dismissed claims by British media that the Chinese and Russians have unencrypted Edward Snowden’s cache and forced them to pull out spies from embedded roles.

The claim was made in the Sunday Times and quoted western intelligence agencies saying they have been forced into the rescue operations after Moscow gained access to more than 1m classified files.… Read the rest

Russia and China cracked Snowden’s cache – claim

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is pictured during an interview with the Guardian in his hotel room in Hong KongSenior officials in Downing Street, the Home Office and the security services claim that Edward Snowden’s secret cache has been hacked by Chinese and Russian spooks.

Apparently this has meant that MI6 has had to pull agents out of live operations in hostile countries and one senior Home Office official accused Snowden of having “blood on his hands”.… Read the rest

Schools function on 30 years of Amiga Power

 A25001While many government institutions are panicking about the fact that they still have machines running Windows XP, there is one Luddite US school that has saved a bomb by being powered by a 1980s Amiga.

The 30-year-old computer has run day and night for decades and controls the heat and air conditioning at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools.… Read the rest

German government needs to replace all IT after hack

bugA particularly nasty bit of malware has infected the hardware and software of the German parliamentary network and the whole lot might need to be replaced because no one can fix it.

The government hasn’t managed to erase the spyware from the system, nearly four weeks after the attack and it is still phoning German secrets to an unknown destination.… Read the rest