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Pro-Russian hackers say they breached Samsung

Genesis Day, a pro-Russian hacktivist group, claims to have breached Samsung’s internal servers over South Korea’s cooperation with NATO.

Attackers posted an ad on a popular hacking forum, alleging they breached South Korea’s manufacturing conglomerate Samsung. 

Threat actors, who call themselves Genesis Day, claim they found their way into Samsung’s internal FTP service, used by Samsung Group in South Korea. 

“Because South Korea has recently strengthened its cooperation with NATO and targeted other countries. We hacked into the internal FTP service of the Samsung Group in South Korea, “the attackers said.

Sample data investigated by the Cybernews research team allegedly includes Samsung’s corporate manuals for logging in, an employee password, and several educational videos. However, the data sample doesn’t strike as containing sensitive data.

We reached out to Samsung for comment but haven’t received a reply before going to press. 

The attackers tried to build on the momentum, promising to leak an additional 2.4GB of data stolen from the South Korean conglomerate.

“We don’t mind a massive network crash in South Korea if they continue to take targeted action. This is just the beginning,” threat actors said.

While the motivation of pro-Russian threat actors is likely to advance the Kremlin’s interests in Ukraine, the rationale behind the attack seems murky.

The New York Times wrote on January 17 that the Republic of Korea refused to ship artillery shells to Ukraine, as the move would violate the country’s arms export rules. Instead, the government in Seoul opted to help the US replenish its stocks elsewhere.

Competing hacktivist groups have launched numerous attacks since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, with Anonymous, IT Army, Hacker Forces, OneFist, and many others targeting Russia’s state-owned enterprises and businesses.

Chinese tech giants Huawei and TikTok bankrolling MPs and peers in lobbying effort

Tech giants from China like TikTok and Huawei have donated tens of thousands of pounds to a parliamentary group, sparking calls for a review of lobbying rules to MPs and peers

Chinese firms Huawei and TikTok are among big tech firms bankrolling MPs and peers. More than £400,000 has been donated to a parliamentary group set up to explore technology issues since 2019.

Most of it came from the likes of GoogleFacebook and BT. Chinese giants Huawei and TikTok have given £42,000.

The money went to the influential Internet, Communications and Technology all-political parliamentary group.

The cross-party group, which has 21 MPs and peers, is said to be the largest of hundreds set up to explore policy issues. These are often targeted by lobbyists and corporate donors seeking to influence government policy on behalf of big business.

They rely on donations and benefits-in-kind to fund their operations, which have to be published in a register. Last night the group said Huawei was not “currently” involved or donating.

But anti-corruption charity Transparency International UK called for a review of lobbying rules.

Policy manager Rose Zussman said: “It’s astonishing that the rules allow companies with such close ties to foreign governments to bankroll these groups and gain privileged access to the legislature.

“They leave the door wide open to foreign interference in our democracy.”

Cyber-security expert Anton Dahbura added: “I am concerned about potential conflicts of interests.

“It should be a very easy decision for government officials to refrain from accepting funds from TikTok and Huawei.”

China’s role in our technology infrastructure is under scrutiny over security concerns. Huawei 5G equipment is being stripped from networks and TikTok’s parent company has denied user data goes to Beijing.

Last August MPs, including Tom Tugendhat and Iain Duncan Smith, raised fears user data was being transferred to China.

A Huawei spokesperson said: “Huawei is an independent, employee-owned company and these small, historic donations were made in full transparency and in line with all relevant regulations, alongside many well-known businesses from the UK and around the world.”

TikTok said its donations had always been “transparently declared”.

Hong Kong leader says Google has ‘moral obligation’ to remove wrong anthem

HONG KONG: Google has a “moral obligation” to stop a democracy protest song appearing in search results, Hong Kong’s leader said on Tuesday (Dec 13), as row over China’s national anthem widened to include the tech giant.

Hong Kong officials have been infuriated by a series of mistakes at international sporting events in recent weeks when a protest song has been played instead of China’s national anthem for the city’s athletes.

Their ire has increasingly focused on Google after it emerged that the protest song “Glory to Hong Kong” routinely appears at the top of the page when people search for Hong Kong’s anthem.

Hong Kong leader John Lee told reporters on Tuesday that Google should ensure China’s national anthem – which the city’s athletes compete under – comes at the top of the search page.

“If any company is in anyway responsible, it has that moral obligation,” he said.

“There are ways to do it,” Lee added.

Lee’s comments came a day after Hong Kong’s security chief Chris Tang said Google had refused to change the search results, something he said was an issue of “great regret”.

According to Tang, a former police chief, Google said its search engine results were governed by an algorithm, not human input.

Both Tang and Lee have countered that Google has been willing to amend search results to abide by local laws, including privacy laws in the European Union.

Lee said his administration would reach out again to Google to pursue the matter.

Google has not yet responded to requests for comment.

China’s national anthem is “March of the Volunteers”, a rousing song born out of the Communist Party’s struggle to liberate the country from Japanese occupation.

“Glory to Hong Kong” was penned during huge protests that swept Hong Kong in 2019 and became hugely popular within the city.

It is now all but illegal to sing the song or play its melody under a sweeping national security law that was imposed to crush those protests.

Anwar Ibrahim is 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia; Huawei congratulates

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd extends our sincere congratulations on the appointment of YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia. 

This is indeed a historical milestone for this country. This accolade has been a long time coming and is one that is truly deserved. Nations are only as strong as its leaders and we at Huawei believe that Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim will steer this country towards greater heights and bring the much needed stability the people have been craving. 

Huawei set foot in Malaysia 21 years ago and since then, we have witnessed as well as played a part in the digital advancements of the nation. We have been honored to witness the tremendous growth and changes the nation has undergone, thanks to its leadership and strong digital talent.

As a global leading technology company, Huawei has the capability to provide leading technologies and solutions for the industries in Malaysia and to assist in the acceleration of Malaysia’s next generation network and digital transformation under your powerful leadership.

We look forward to the advancements to the digital economy under the able leadership of YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This has been a long struggle for Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and we wish the Prime Minister health, success, peace, stability, progress, and prosperity for the people of Malaysia under his stewardship. 

US may relax some restrictions on Huawei as it aims to retain its global tech lead

Just a couple of years ago, Huawei had been one of the biggest smartphone makers and was even set to topple both Apple and Samsung for the throne. However, it soon got hit with sanctions from the US, which essentially crippled its smartphone operations as a whole. But now, it appears that there might soon be some changes that help improve its situation.

For those unaware, the Chinese tech giant got hit with various restrictions that took away its access to technologies that originate from America. This basically had it lose its supply to crucial technology for its products. Furthermore, the US had followed up this with more sanctions that cut off Huawei from its primary chip supplier, TSMC. Since then, the company has launched just two flagship series, with both of them only supporting 4G networking despite the chips being used were flagship top end Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.

After Joe Biden became the new president, many had hoped that the new administration would lift some restrictions against Huawei. But this was not the case. However, it appears there will be some changes, with a Bloomberg report claiming that the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security issued a rule allowing certain low level technologies to be shared. In other words, some technologies can be shared to sanctioned entities like Huawei.

Alan Estevez, the Commerce undersecretary for industry and security stated that “US stakeholders need to be fully engaged in international standards organizations, particularly where the critical but sometimes invisible standards that they set have important national security as well as commercial implications.” In other words, this might be some positive news in a while for the Chinese smartphone maker.