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Chinese Physicists Achieve Record-Breaking Quantum Cryptography Breakthrough

Posted on November 4th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China and other Chinese labs, with the collaboration of a lab in the US, have implemented a secure quantum protocol known as Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution (MDIQKD), suitable for practical networks and devices, over a distance of 404 km. The breakthrough,...

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Artificial Intelligence

Obama Administration Concerned United States Falling Behind on AI Research

Posted on October 18th, 2016.

The White House released its “National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan” [PDF] this month. One of the chief concerns in the report is the fact that of the two countries doing the most research on artificial intelligence, more specifically on deep learning, the US has fallen into second place. The below...

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Electronics

Chinese Quantum Physicists Develop Ultra-Powerful, Anti-Stealth Military Radar

Posted on October 3rd, 2016.

A top Chinese military technology company announced the development and preliminary testing of a new form of radar able to detect stealth planes 100km away, South China Morning Post recently reported.

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Communication

The Chinese Quantum Satellite QUESS: Toward Unbreakable Quantum Networks

Posted on September 8th, 2016.

One year ago Hacked covered the race between the US and China to develop “military super-powers” by harnessing quantum science, and noted that Chinese scientists were developing quantum communication satellites that support unbreakable encryption. A few weeks ago, China launched its first quantum satellite.

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Cyberespionage

Hong Kong Targeted by ‘Politically-Motivated” Chinese Hackers

Posted on September 5th, 2016.

During the lead-up to the recent legislative elections in Hong Kong, two government agencies in the country had been targeted by cyberespionage agents from China in a politically-motivated attack during August, a cybersecurity firm stated.

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Communication

Apple Users Targeted in Phishing Campaign

Posted on June 8th, 2016.

 A cybersecurity firm has uncovered several phishing campaigns targeting Apple users’ credentials – Apple IDs and passwords – since the beginning of 2016. Cyber criminals are devising faux Apple domains purporting to be legitimate websites to engage in phishing attacks targeting Apple iCloud users in China and the UK, revealed...

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Breaches

China Says OPM Breach Was Not State-Sponsored but a Criminal Act

Posted on December 3rd, 2015.

ChinaThrough its official news agency Xinhua, China has stated that an investigation covering the substantial breach that compromised over 22 million federal employees was a cyberattack borne out of criminal intent. The news agency added the breach was not state-sponsored, contrary to the widely asserted opinion that the Chinese...

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Breaches

Australian Government Targeted in a Cyberattack; China Blamed

Posted on December 2nd, 2015.

A major cyber-attack has been reported by a prominent Australian news outlet that reveals Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology may have been compromised in a substantial attack. The blame game is firmly laid on China’s doorstep. Multiple government sources and officials have reportedly confirmed a recent cyber-attack targeting Australia’s...

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Cybersecurity

US Advised to Hack China, Days after World Leaders’ Pact against Commercial Hacking

Posted on November 19th, 2015.

A congressional advisory body is advising the United States to hack China back as a solution to recover stolen data breached from U.S-based companies from alleged Chinese hackers. The recommendation comes merely days after the world’s richest nations agreed not hack each other for commercial aims during the recent G-20 summit. The United...

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Breaches

The Biggest Ever U.S. Healthcare Hack Wasn’t for Sinister Needs

Posted on October 29th, 2015.

The cyberattack targeting healthcare insurance firm Anthem that resulted in the compromise of users’ data in a massive breach affecting 80 million people was unanimously accepted as by security researchers as a breach by Chinese hackers. However, the cause for the breach may not for the reasons you’d expect. China is a massive powerhouse...

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Cybersecurity

Report: State-Sponsored Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Firms Even after Recent Cyber Pact

Posted on October 19th, 2015.

An independent security firm has claimed that state-sponsored Chinese hackers have tried to infiltrate the networks of U.S. companies even after the recent cyber-pact where China and the U.S. agreed not to spy on each other for commercial and corporate reasons. CrowdStrike Inc. has claimed that cyber and economic espionage agents...

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Drone News

China’s Largest Ever Airship Treads Near Space

Posted on October 16th, 2015.

Three days ago, unbeknownst to most of the world, China initiated a test flight lasting 24 hours. The object gaining flight was the 75 meters long, 22 meters high “Yuanmeng”, an airship taking up the volume of 18,000 cubic meters. It is solar powered, and the test was successful when the airship edged toward near space, a region of the...

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Business

U.S. Startups Set to Get a Boost with a $400 Million Chinese Seed Fund – CSC Upshot

Posted on October 12th, 2015.

AngelList, a platform that connects investors and startups with a track record of investments in startups such as Uber, is set to announce a deal today with a Chinese private-equity firm –  CSC Venture Capital, involving a $400 million fund called CSC Upshot. The fund is to be set up for investments at early-stage tech startups in...

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Cybersecurity

Snowden: Cisco Routers a Pakistani National Security Risk

Posted on October 7th, 2015.

British GHCQ used hacked Cisco routers to spy on Pakistan, according to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The purpose of the router exploits was to help identify Middle Eastern terrorists operating in Pakistan. The UK government did not provide comment on Snowden’s claims.  Cisco routers have been known to ship with bugs in the...

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Bugs

YiSpecter Malware Targets All iOS Devices: More than 100 Apps are Compromised

Posted on October 5th, 2015.

A new ad-based malware dubbed “YiSpecter” is now infecting iPhones and iPads that are both jailbroken and non-jailbroken by abusing private APIs within the iOS system, discovers a security firm. Security firm Palo Alto Networks has uncovered a new malware that appears to originate from an advertising company in China by...

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Activism

TPP, TTIP, & TISA: Secret Trade Negotiations Threaten Government Sovereignty and Individual Rights

Posted on October 5th, 2015.

Free speech, including the right to protest, can no longer be taken for granted. According to a newly-released WikiLeaks video (below), multinational corporations have already successfully sued governments on the basis of corporate profits being affected by certain laws. And as the international trade negotiations continue in secret,...

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Breaches

The CIA Pulled Spies from Beijing after OPM Breach

Posted on October 2nd, 2015.

A number of CIA officers were taken out of Beijing as a precautionary measure and a direct consequence of the massive data breach involving the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this year. The Central Intelligence Agency evacuated officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China after the data breach involving tens of millions...

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DDoS Attacks

Ad Networks Possibly used to launch massive DDoS Attacks

Posted on October 1st, 2015.

CloudFlare recently revealed that they were hit with a massive DDoS attack. A large number of HTTP requests originated from one of their customers. The extent of requests received indicates the possibility of Mobile Ad Networks being used for this nefarious purpose, CloudFlare reports. In a case study that originated from an attack they...

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Breaches

XcodeGhost iOS Exploit Source Code Released

Posted on September 25th, 2015.

Earlier this week, a malware developer did something unexpected: turned over his code to the public. The unknown developer is presumably Chinese, given that his “ReadMe” file is written in Chinese. While Google translate was not exactly efficient at converting the Chinese to English, the overwhelming tone of the file is that of remorse...

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Cybersecurity

Chinese President Flatly Denies State-Sponsored Hacking Claims

Posted on September 23rd, 2015.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has flatly denied claims that China is actively engaging in hacking U.S. corporations, government institutions and other installations and is offering to open a dialogue on cybersecurity with the U.S. Chinese President Xi Jinping, currently in his first ever state visit to the U.S., has wasted no time in...