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Tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, vow not to aid government cyber attacks

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global technology companies on Tuesday announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyber attacks. The Cybersecurity Tech Accord, which vows to protect all customers from attacks regardless of geopolitical or criminal motive, follows a year that witnessed an unprecedented level of destructive cyber attacks, including the global WannaCry worm and the devastating NotPetya attack. “We recognize that we live in a new world,” Microsoft President…

In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure. Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing,…

US warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

WASHINGTON: The US government issued a rare public warning about hacking campaigns targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest evidence that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a report distributed via email late on Friday that the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries have been targeted along with government entities in attacks dating back…

China, Canada vow not to conduct cyber attacks on private sector

CANADA: China and Canada have signed an agreement vowing not to conduct state-sponsored cyber attacks against each other aimed at stealing trade secrets or other confidential business information. The agreement was reached during talks between Canada's national security and intelligence adviser, Daniel Jean, and senior communist party official Wang Yongqing, a statement dated June 22 on the Canadian government's website showed. "This is something that three or four years ago (Beijing) would not even have entertained in…

North Korea’s special cell ‘Unit 180’ possibly behind global cyber attacks

PYONGYANG: North Korea's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts. North Korea has been blamed in recent years for a series of online attacks, mostly on financial networks, in the United States, South Korea and over a dozen other countries. Cyber security researchers have also said they have found technical evidence that could link North Korea with the global…

Symantec attributes 40 cyber attacks to CIA-linked hacking tools

SAN FRANCISCO: Past cyber attacks on scores of organizations around the world were conducted with top-secret hacking tools that were exposed recently by the Web publisher Wikileaks, the security researcher Symantec Corp said on Monday. That means the attacks were likely conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The files posted by WikiLeaks appear to show internal CIA discussions of various tools for hacking into phones, computers and other electronic gear, along with programming code for some of them, and multiple…

Angela Merkel warns against cyber attacks on infrastructure

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday protecting infrastructure from potential cyber attacks was a top priority and the federal government had to work together with localities on that. "Today we have a huge amount of possibilities to paralyze infrastructure from cyber attacks and it is... very very difficult. There are examples from Ukraine that are worrying. Therefore cyber security is of great, great importance," she said. "The German government has updated its cyber security strategy and we are…

Russia cyber-attacks on US an ‘act of war’, says McCain

WASHINGTON: Russia's alleged cyber-attacks on US political organizations -- hacking which the intelligence community concluded amounted to meddling in the US election -- were an "act of war," senior US Senator John McCain said Wednesday. "It's an act of war," McCain, a hawkish Republican and critic of the Kremlin, told reporters in the US Capitol. "If you try to destroy the fundamentals of democracy, then you have destroyed a nation." McCain modulated by insisting there are "gradients" to acts of war. "I'm not…