A hacker group has stolen as much as $1 billion from banks and other financial companies worldwide since 2013 in an “unprecedented cyber-robbery,” according to computer security firm Kaspersky Lab.

A hacker group has stolen as much as $1 billion from banks and other financial companies worldwide since 2013 in an “unprecedented cyber-robbery,” (...)

The cyberattack on the Netherlands began at 10am local time on Tuesday and continued for at least seven hours, during which all the main government websites were out of action. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Netherlands became the first European country to have the vulnerability of its critical online infrastructure exposed this week when cyber atta(...)

US president Barack Obama said on Tuesday “we’ve got to stay ahead of those who would do us harm”. Photograph: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images.

US president Barack Obama sent a bill to Congress on Tuesday to strengthen US cybersecurity laws after recent hacking attacks against Sony Pictures, H(...)

Signage is displayed at the Sony Pictures Entertainment   studios in Culver City, California.  Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Companies across the world are on high alert to tighten up their network security to avoid being the next firm brought to its knees by hackers like th(...)

The logo of Sony Corp and a Christmas tree are reflected on the company’s 4K television set at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Sony’s computer network was hacked in what may be a blackmail attempt, according to sources. The breach of the entertainment and electronics company’s(...)

 Payment by tweets will be managed via BPCE’s S-Money service, which allows money transfers via text message and relies on the credit-card industry’s data security standards. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

One of France’s largest banks is teaming up with social network Twitter this week to allow its customers to transfer money via tweets. The move by Gro(...)

Customers can get a 3-D-printed figurine of themselves from Artec. Photograph: Artec

Marcus Chan Those bobble-heads on your desk may soon get some competition - from you. This month, Luxembourg-based Artec began shipping 3-D(...)

Home Depot’s data breach has fed fraudulent transactions that in some cases have drained money from customer bank accounts. Photo: Bloomberg

Home Depot’s data breach, which put about 56 million payment cards at risk, has fed fraudulent transactions that in some cases have drained money from(...)

US home-improvement chain Home Depot will introduce new chief executive in November. Photograph: Reuters

Home Depot’s president of US retail Craig Menear is to succeed Frank Blake as chief executive in about two months, as the chain navigates a slowing (...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold. The building materials company’s shares finished down 1.8 per cent at the close yesterday, following the release of the company’s half-yearly figures. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Both European and US stocks made gains yesterday, with Ireland and Iceland the only western countries not to record a positive day’s trading while (...)