The Washington Post quoted multiple current or former U.S. and Japanese officials on August 7 as saying that People's Liberation Army hackers had invaded Japan's Defense Ministry's computer system that handles top-secret intelligence, affecting the sharing of intelligence between Japan and the United States. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshi Matsuno said in response that he could not confirm whether any security information had been leaked.
Japan’s Jiji News Agency quoted a report from the China Post on the 8th, stating that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) became aware of the incident in the fall of 2020 and notified the Japanese government. However, Japan’s cybersecurity countermeasures are still insufficient and may affect the sharing of intelligence between the two countries.
The report described the incident as the most destructive invasion in Japan's modern history. A former senior US military official described the situation as shocking.
The Washington Post mentioned that in the fall of 2020, Washington sent Matt Pottinger, then White House Deputy National Security Adviser, and Paul Nakasone, Director of the US National Security Agency and Commander of the Cyber War Command, to Tokyo to directly report to the Ministry of Defense of Japan. The high-level officials communicated the incident, and the top officials of the Ministry of Defense were concerned at the time, so they issued a warning to the Prime Minister.
However, Japan's corresponding cyber security measures are still insufficient. After the Joe Biden administration came to power in the United States, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asked Japan to strengthen cyber security, otherwise it would affect the sharing of intelligence between the two countries. In the fall of 2021, Washington provided intelligence to Japan, confirming the severity of the Chinese hacker intrusion and the Japanese government's handling of the incident too slowly.
According to the report, Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser of the White House network and emerging technologies, visited Japan on the 11th of the same year and had talks with the high-level officials of the Self-Defense Forces and the foreign affairs department. The Post pointed out that the Japanese government was aware of the surveillance by its ally the United States.
Regarding relevant reports, Hiroichi Matsuno said that Japan and the United States have been in close contact at multiple levels, but he refused to disclose further contact details on the grounds of the nature of the incident. Matsuno also said that he could not confirm whether any security data was leaked due to cyber attacks, and reiterated that cyber security is the basis for maintaining the Japan-US alliance, and Japan will continue to ensure its network is strong and safe.
The Hong Kong Laureate Forum Committee's computer system was hacked for ransom yesterday (27) The committee said that it had already reported to the police and notified the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data. The Committee emphasizes that no ransom will be paid and the scheduled forum will be held as scheduled.
The Consumer Council's computer system was hacked last Tuesday (19th), resulting in nearly 80% of the system being compromised. There is no evidence to suggest that subscribers' personal data have been stolen. Subscribers are advised to take precautionary measures, including resetting and regularly changing their online account passwords. The Council emphasizes that it will not solicit or verify personal data.
Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival (HKCCF) will be held from August 25 to 28. Octopus Cards Limited (OCL) has partnered with Boutir, an online store platform, to bring exclusive hot electronic products at super discounted prices. Users who watch the live broadcast will also receive two free admission tickets to the Computer Festival, with a quota of 4,000 tickets.
The Hong Kong Computer & Communications Festival 2023 will be held at the Wan Chai Convention & Exhibition Center for four consecutive days starting from Friday (25th) Tickets for this year's event are priced at $35. This year, the event is also organizing a "$20 Flash Mob" event, in which 20 $20 electronic products will be launched at the venue for the public to grab and buy in a flash.
This year's Computer Fair has set up an Elderly Technology Pavilion for the first time. Legislative Councilor Chan Hoi-yan officiated at the opening ceremony today (25), and invited the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Mr. Sun Tung, to try out the rehabilitation equipment.
Cybersecurity platform Falcon Feedsio posted on social media that Cyberport was hacked. The hackers were in possession of the Cyberport startup's staff's identification documents, company documents, photos, etc., amounting to more than 400GB of data. The relevant information is now priced at US$300,000, equivalent to HK$2.35 million.
Researchers from three universities in the UK used a deep learning model to record keyboard typing sounds to identify the information entered into the computer. Results showed that the accuracy of identification using iPhone recordings was 95%. The recording accuracy using Zoom video software is 93%. The researchers trained the artificial intelligence model on the sound of pressing 36 keys on a MacBook Pro.
Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival 2023 will be held next Friday (25th) at the Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition for four consecutive days. There will be more than 200 exhibitors, and the booth area will be 30% larger than last year. In a foreboding way, 20 popular electronic products with a fixed price of NT$20 were launched for attendees to snap up. Brands include Apple, Lenovo, TP-LINK, acer and PHILIPS.
The security website Zero Day Initiative discovered a serious vulnerability in the decompression software WinRAR. Hackers can use this vulnerability to create a RAR file. After the user accidentally downloads and decompresses it, the hacker can execute code remotely and invade the computer system. It is recommended that more than 500 million users worldwide update as soon as possible.
Wan Chai Computer Festival 2023 will be held at the Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition Center from August 24. The two major shopping malls in Sham Shui Po, which are also concentrated in electronic products, Golden and Gordon, will be open on August 23. On the 7th, "Gold. Gordon Computer Carnival 2023"" is actually the "s;Brain Field Computer Festival&quat; in previous years.
Malware called "X loader was designed for Mac computer systems. New variant, pretending to be MS Office Note, has been created. Hackers are still spreading it on the Internet for users to download. Mac users should not download the program through unofficial channels.
On August 26, 1973, China's first integrated circuit computer with 1 million calculations per second was successfully trial-produced in Beijing. The computer went through more than 3,000 hours of trial operation, with stable performance and good quality, meeting the predetermined design requirements. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has always attached great importance to the development of science and technology.