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.
Cyberport responded that it has confirmed that a cyber security incident involving an unauthorized third party hacking into part of Cyberport's computer system was discovered today (6) and that it has taken immediate action to control the incident, including alert handling and shutting down the affected computer equipment, and has promptly commenced a detailed investigation with the assistance of an independent cyber security expert. Cyberport has undertaken to provide appropriate assistance to the affected parties and to enhance the system's defenses, as well as to set up a dedicated email account for handling and following up the incident.
Falcon Feedsio, a cybersecurity platform, disclosed in a social media post that Cyberport had been hacked, and the hackers held over 400GB of Cyberport data, including identification documents of the startup's staff, company documents, photos, and so on. The relevant information is now priced at US$300,000, equivalent to HK$2.35 million.
Cyberport responded that it confirmed that a cyber security incident involving an unauthorized third party intrusion into some of Cyberport's computer systems was discovered today. Cyberport has taken immediate action to contain the incident, including alerting the police and shutting down the affected computer equipment, and has promptly commenced a detailed investigation with the assistance of independent cyber security experts. Cyberport has also notified the relevant authorities and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong.
Cyberport said that in the course of its IT security testing earlier today, it noted that information suspected to be related to the incident had been circulated on the Internet. Cyberport strongly condemns any form of cybercrime and will fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies.
Cyberport stated that it attached great importance to data security and undertook to provide all appropriate assistance to the affected parties and to enhance the system's defenses, as well as to set up a dedicated email for handling and following up the incident. Cyberport said it would further enhance its security in various areas such as data management and network security to further strengthen the system's defenses and take all necessary measures to ensure the safekeeping of data.
Hong Kong's Web3 industry has been developing at a rapid pace. Cyberport, as a wholly-owned enterprise of the Hong Kong government and a policy enforcer, has been instrumental in promoting the development of the Web3 ecosystem in Hong Kong. Since the announcement of Hong Kong's Virtual Asset Development Declaration in October last year, the industry has grown rapidly.
More than 70% of the surveyed enterprises had suffered from cyber security attacks in the past year, which is a record high. Phishing attacks are the most common type of cyber security attack encountered by almost all affected enterprises. Financial Services (64.9 points) and Information and Communications Technology (63.3 points) sectors continue to be ranked in the "Manageable" category.
Standard Chartered Hong Kong and Giesecke+Devrient have recently completed trials for the HKMA's Digital Hong Kong Dollar Pilot Program. These tests and experiential activities covered a range of application scenarios, including public transportation, restaurants, small businesses and university campuses.
The Hong Kong Ballet announced today (16th) that its computer network system has been hacked by ransomware, resulting in unauthorized access to its internal computer system. HKB has immediately conducted an internal investigation, hired a network security expert to assess the situation, and reported to the police and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.
The Cyberpolice International Forum, organized by the Police Force, will be held for three consecutive days from today (13) The recent hacking of Cyberport has aroused public concern over cyber security. Senior police officers and cybersecurity experts from more than 40 countries or regions, including France, Australia and Israel, participated.
Cyberport is suspected to have lost more than 400 gigabytes of personal data to a hacking group last month. The data included personal names and contact details, information on employees, former employees and job applicants, and a small amount of credit card information. Cyberport said it had contacted the potentially affected individuals directly and would provide them with free identity monitoring services by professional security consultants.
More than 15,000 technology crimes in Hong Kong in the first half of this year, which soared by nearly half compared with the same period last year. Police jointly organized the first "Net Hunting Campaign with Cyberbay, a start-up in cyberport network vulnerability detection. During the event, network security experts discovered a total of 197 network security vulnerabilities.
Hong Kong will allow individual retail investors to trade cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, starting from June. This move signifies an important step by the Hong Kong government towards opening up cryptocurrency trading and embracing innovation in the Web3 space. Additionally, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority has launched a pilot program for a digital Hong Kong dollar. While the underlying technology of virtual assets can address the issue of trustless automated transactions, the risks associated with them cannot be ignored, making them unsuitable as widely used payment tools or for expanding financial inclusion. Therefore, the 'digital Hong Kong dollar', backed by strong endorsement, has now garnered public attention as it will serve as a backbone linking fiat currency and virtual assets, providing necessary digital financial infrastructure for the development of Hong Kong's Web3 ecosystem and digital economy.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has launched a pilot plan for the digital Hong Kong dollar, and Standard Chartered Bank has become one of the participating banks. Due to geographical limitations, many loyalty reward programs currently face technical, regulatory, and tax complexities in cross-border transactions. Lin Yuandong, the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Greater Bay Area, stated that the central bank's digital currency (CBDC) would have significant importance in creating seamless and innovative cross-border digital economic capabilities within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has officially launched the Digital Hong Kong Dollar Pilot Project, with 16 companies selected to participate in testing across six major application scenarios. The Digital Hong Kong Dollar will serve as a bridge between traditional currency and virtual assets, primarily used for settlement of tokenized assets and international cross-border trade payments. It is expected to reduce intermediaries and transaction costs in cross-border payments.
The Hong Kong Animal Adoption Association (HKAAA) will be organizing the "HKAAA@Cyberport Mall: Celebrate Summer with Dogs" event on July 22. The event will include pet adoption, pet training, and handicraft workshops, among other activities. Whether or not you have a pet, everyone is welcome to participate and enjoy the event with their family. The event provides an opportunity to find a furry family member.
"TechWave Web3.0 Summit" is an event organized by Huawei Cloud and co-organized by Hong Kong Cyberport, Hong Kong Web3.0 Association, and Techub News. The event was successfully held at Hong Kong Cyberport. During the event, Huawei officially announced the Web3.0 Node Engine Service (NES) and Enclave Secure Computing, both blockchain services. Huawei Cloud also launched a Web3.0 Zone on its app store, with the initial batch of dozens of partner applications being featured. The event featured guest speeches from Mr. Peter Yan, CEO of Hong Kong Cyberport, Mr. Wang Yang, Vice President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Mr. Gao Jianghai, General Manager of Public Cloud Business, Huawei Cloud. Additionally, hundreds of representatives from global Web3.0-related companies, professionals, and industry leaders participated in the event to discuss topics such as Web3.0 industry development, infrastructure, application compliance, and the integration of data and reality.