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Monday, June 26, 2017
  

Why is China home to half of the computers infected with WannaCry ransomware?

By Oiwan Lam China is one of the countries that has been hit hardest by the ransomware program known as “WannaCry” launched on 12 May, which infected over 230,000 computers in 99 countries in...

China denies claims that 30,000 institutions were hit by WannaCry ransomware

Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country’s universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as “malicious” hype. The China...

2 commercial victims among 25 cases of WannaCry ransomware reported in Hong Kong

Twenty-five cases of the global WannaCry ransomware virus have been reported in Hong Kong as of Tuesday morning, the government has said. Two of the infections involved commercial computers. The remainder of the infected machines...

‘Clearly immoral’: Mobile numbers of Hong Kong and Chinese officials exposed by Baidu app

A smartphone application developed by Chinese web services company Baidu specialising in “Caller ID & Blocking” contains features that may invade privacy, FactWire can reveal. The app, DU Caller, offers a search...

3 cases of WannaCry ransomware virus reported in Hong Kong so far, says official

Three cases of the WannaCry ransomware virus have been reported in Hong Kong as of Monday morning, a government official has said. The current wave of WannaCry ransomware attacks spread across the...

China tests ‘Lunar Palace’ as it eyes moon mission

Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon. Four postgraduate students...

Facebook users experience second technical glitch in a week

Facebook users have experienced a second technical glitch within a week. The latest affected users on Tuesday morning, though the service had mostly resumed by around 10am. Users across the globe were unable...

Web of Laws: How China’s new Cyberspace Administration is securing its grip on the...

It was a busy day over at the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). On May 2, the agency, created in February 2014 to exercise overarching control over the country’s internet and every...

China’s WeChat blocked in Russia

Chinese internet giant Tencent said Saturday its messaging app WeChat had been blocked in Russia, adding it was in touch with authorities to resolve the issue. WeChat, known as Weixin in China,...

Qualcomm may consider asking U.S. to ban iPhone imports

Qualcomm, in a smartphone chip licensing spat with Apple, will reportedly ask a U.S. government agency to ban the import of iPhones into the country. Qualcomm plans to ask...

Chinese authorities strike against live streaming apps: Morality or censorship?

Following a damning report over the weekend by China’s state-run broadcaster, China Central Television, alleging the proliferation of vulgar content through popular live streaming apps, authorities in Beijing met yesterday with...

Faulty cables scandal: Official watchdogs admit relying on documentation, not tests

The fact that fire-resistant electricity cables sometimes fail to reach required standards is widely known to the government and the industry. However, FactWire found that government departments such as the Fire...

Sub-standard electricity cables at Hong Kong public housing estate raise fire safety fears

Half of the fire-resistant electricity cables at a new public housing development in Kwun Tong fail to meet international standards, tests by FactWire reveal. Cables from the On Tat Estate were sent...

Internet celebrities: How Hongkongers are turning social media influence into gold

By Selena Chan Dressed in a perfectly coordinated white outfit, white and pink lace ankle socks and transparent flats, and with her hair just styled at the salon, 27-year-old YouTuber So Lok-sin...

Questions over sudden rise in members at ‘.hk’ internet registration firm

The number of members of the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) rose by almost one-third just a week before the cutoff of the registration period to become an eligible...

Chongqing citizens using VPNs to skirt censorship controls to face fines, govt says

People in the Chinese megacity Chongqing could be fined for using VPNs to jump over the country’s “Great Firewall” that blocks access to forbidden websites from Google to Facebook. The punishment would...

Adorable but durable, UE Wonderboom plays the cute card

The world’s most lovable little Bluetooth speaker just got some cute competition. It’s a case of sibling rivalry, too: The new Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears splashes onto the scene next...

Chinese companies Baidu and Tencent rank low in global accountability index

Chinese internet companies Baidu and Tencent have ranked poorly in a global corporate accountability index. Their performance reflects a restrictive environment which makes it difficult for them to respect freedom of expression...

2017 iPhone might look a lot like the original

The original iPhone was one of the best looking iPhones.Photo: Apple The next iPhone might take some major design cues from the original iPhone, according to the latest rumor...

Chinese scientists speak out against the Great Firewall… again

By Oiwan Lam. Chinese scientists have periodically spoken out against the national web filtering system, often termed “the Great Firewall,” which blocks and censors web traffic from overseas websites. It damages research,...