SolarWinds hack was the largest and most sophisticated cyber attack to date: Microsoft president

In a statement, Microsoft Corp’s President Brad Smith said, the SolarWinds hacking campaign that used the U.S. tech company as a springboard to compromise many U.S. government agencies is “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen”. The hacking campaign, identified in December 2020, was allegedly orchestrated by China and Russia, had…

NASA scientist pleads guilty to participation in China’s Thousand Talent program

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, a senior NASA scientist has pleaded guilty to lying about his ties to a program that encourages researchers to develop relationships with China in exchange for grants. Meyya Meyyappan, 66, of Pacifica, California, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan. According…

Chipmaker UMC pleads guilty to trade secret theft, China’s bid to steal propriety chip designs unravelled

In a significant development United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) stated, it has pleaded guilty to trade secret theft in the United States, and will be paying a fine of $60 million and will cooperate with the prosecution of China’s Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had indicted…

DOJ indicts 4 members of China’s People’s Liberation Army for Equifax hack

In September 2017, credit reporting agency Equifax decided to come clean: it had been hacked and personal sensitive information of 143 million, which was later revised to 147.9 million, U.S. citizens had been compromised. The stolen personal data included names, date of birth, and Social Security numbers. Earlier this week on Monday, the U.S. Department…

Does “Amazon’s Choice” badge deceive consumers: U.S. Senators

Amazon is being pressured into being more transparent with its system of awarding the “Amazon’s Choice” badge onto certain products. In a development pregnant with multiple outcomes the sum of which may not favor Amazon.com Inc, two U.S. senators have questioned Amazon.com Inc’s Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on how it awards the “Amazon’s Choice” badge…