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Hong Kong protests have reached a new level with the LIHKG, the online headquarters for protesters alleging Chinese Baidu and its associated internet companies for launching cyber attacks on their website.

Lihkg.com, where a lot of tips and comments exchange regarding Hong Kong protests take place, has claimed that their website came under a distributed denial of service(DDoS) attack on August 31st this year disrupting the website services for hours.

Now, the Hong Kong media says that the attack was a well-organized attack launched by the national intelligence of China as Two Chinese firms Baidu Tieba and Qihoo 360 are suspected to be involved in the attack.

Note- Baidu and Qihoo are yet to react on the issue.

In other news related to Cybersecurity, UK based travel company Teletext Holidays is reported to have left its digital customer info unsecured for 3 full years. So, there is a chance that the data such as email ids, home addresses, telephone numbers, date of births might have been left exposed to the hacker.

According to the details available to Cybersecurity Insiders, over 212,000 audio files belonging to Teletext customers recorded in an Indian Call Center between April 10, 2016 to Aug 10,2016 could have been exposed to hackers.

Surprisingly, the data was stored on an Amazon Web Server Service (AWS) which was left unsecured by the user thinking it was the duty of Cloud service provider to take off the rest.

Going forward, the third news related to cyberattacks is related to UK parliament where a recent survey has suggested that MPs and House of Commons staff in the UK have been targeted with more than 20,973,102 cyber-attacks through email spams in the most recent financial year.

This data was leaked to the media under the freedom of information act and suggests that on an average the parliamentary staff have so far been hit by over 1.9 million junk emails which include emails filled with phishing links, viruses, and file-encrypting malware.

However, the good news is that all these cyberattacks were blocked by the Parliamentary estate’s Cybersecurity systems.

As per the stats between Sept’17 and March ‘19 more than 14,397,335 spam emails were blocked and in April ‘18 and March’19 the number of blocked emails reached to 20,973,102.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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