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Presidential defense secretary ordered political postings: lawmaker

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- The presidential secretary for national defense ordered the cyber warfare command to post political comments online while serving as chief of the command, an opposition lawmaker claimed Tuesday. Yeon Jae-wook, who headed the command for about two years until October, received daily briefings from one of his subordinates on the top issues dominating Internet sites and social networking services, according to Rep. Jeon Hae-cheol of the main opposition Democratic Party.

China decries U.S. spending bill

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China's Commerce Ministry has condemned a $1.1-trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress last week over clauses that limit technological purchases from the Asian giant, saying they clash with the principles of fair trade. The bill, signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, included a cyber-espionage review process for federal purchases of technology from China, a measure incorporated last year amid growing U.S. concern over Chinese cyber attacks.

China decries U.S. spending bill as harming its interests

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China's Commerce Ministry has condemned a $1.1-trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress last week over clauses that limit technological purchases from the Asian giant, saying they clash with the principles of fair trade. The bill, signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, included a cyber-espionage review process for federal purchases of technology from China, a measure incorporated last year amid growing U.S. concern over Chinese cyber attacks.

U.S. government warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has provided merchants with information gleaned from its confidential investigation into the massive data breach at Target Corp in an effort to help them thwart similar attacks. The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday privately released an analysis of advanced malicious software and techniques threatening merchants in a report titled "Indicators for Network Defenders."

Internet of Things poses new security risks

The hackers who got into your computer or smartphone are now taking aim at the Internet of Things. The connected toothbrush, sports gear with embedded sensors and smart refrigerators are just a few of the objects showcasing innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show. They are all impressive but "they're all breachable" said Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response, while attending the huge high-tech trade show.

Civilian court to try cyber unit smear campaign case

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Yonhap) -- A civilian court in Seoul has taken over the high-profile election-meddling case involving the country's military cyber warfare command, court officials said Thursday. A middle-ranking official of the military unit indicted on charges of launching an online smear campaign to influence last year's presidential election was forwarded to the Seoul Eastern District Court from the High Military Court on Wednesday, according to the officials.

Cyberwarfare main threat to US

Cyberattacks are the most serious threat facing the United States, even more so than terrorism, according to American defense experts. Almost half of the US national security leaders, or 45.1 percent, who responded to a newly released poll by Defense News -- a specialist publication -- identified cyberwarfare as the principal danger to the country. Those questioned included leaders in national security policy, the military, congressional staffs and the defense industry.

Snapchat hackers post phone numbers of 4.6 million users online

Hackers broke into Snapchat, the hugely popular mobile app, accessing the phone numbers and usernames of 4.6 million users and publishing them online, tech news website TechCrunch has announced. The numbers were partially masked when they were briefly published on SnapchatDB.info, and the unidentified hackers told TechCrunch they had done this "to convince the messaging app to beef up its security."

Snapchat hackers post phone numbers of 4.6 million users online

Hackers broke into Snapchat, the hugely popular mobile app, accessing the phone numbers and usernames of 4.6 million users and publishing them online, tech news website TechCrunch has announced. The numbers were partially masked when they were briefly published on SnapchatDB.info, and the unidentified hackers told TechCrunch they had done this "to convince the messaging app to beef up its security."

Cyber warfare official to be indicted over online smear campaign

SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Yonhap) -- A mid-ranking official of the military cyber warfare unit will be indicted on Tuesday on charges of launching an online smear campaign to influence last year's presidential election, the defense ministry said. The director of the cyber command's psychological warfare team, identified only by his surname Lee, will face indictment without physical detention for ordering his subordinates to post politically biased writings and to destroy evidence, according to the military prosecution.
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