Russia’s GRU military intelligence gained access to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s e-mail correspondences: Der Spiegel

As per a report from German news magazine Der Spiegel, Russia’s GRU military intelligence may have gained access to many e-mails from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency office in a 2015 cyber attack on Germany’s parliament. A spokesman for the German government had no immediate comment. Federal criminal police along with Germany’s federal cyber agency…

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…

FBI’s Counterintelligence Division admits to slow response in China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property

During a testimony to the U.S. Senate, the FBI said it wished it had taken swifter action with regard to Chinese recruitment of U.S.-based researchers to transfer intellectual property from American laboratories. The admission by John Brown, assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the FBI, backed up a Senate subcommittee report which concluded that…

Hackers gain access to important computer systems in Bulgaria, millions affected by the hack

Servers of Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency (NRA) have been targeted. The Bulgarians realized it only after a purported hackers, claiming to be Russian, sent an e-mail to the local media, with the aim of selling the stolen data. On Tuesday, in a significant development, the Bulgarian government stated, hackers have managed to steal the personal…

Netherlands’ ASML – a victim of Chinese corporate espionage

In its annual threat assessment, Netherland’s intelligence agency had warned that China is targeting tech companies in the Netherlands for intellectual property theft, just like it does in other countries. In a significant development, Netherland’s ASML disclosed, it has become a victim of Chinese corporate espionage. Luckily the perpetrators who had stolen information did not…