In a bone-chilling incident, a couple in the US was left stunned when a hacker broke into their connected home and started talking to them via camera, played vulgar music on the video system in the living room and even turned thermostat to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (over 32 degrees Celsius).
Taipei has accused Beijing of stepping up a cyber campaign since 2016 when Taiwan elected President Tsai Ing-wen, who refuses to acknowledge Beijing's insistence that the self-ruled democratic island is part of "one China".
This week, Taiwan said hacking groups connected to the Chinese government had attacked at least 10 government agencies and some 6,000 email accounts of government officials in an "infiltration" to steal important data.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Adrian Orr said the breach has been taken care of but the system is currently offline while an investigation is being carried out.
Some of the most common attacks we are seeing are emails masquerading as government announcements or fake COVID-19 websites.
Many private sector firms are leaving no stone unturned in beefing up security, to the point where they are rebuilding their servers and other equipment.
The attacks targeted the GCKey service, used by some 30 federal departments and Canada Revenue Agency accounts, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat explained in a press release.
The New Zealand Exchange (NZX) said the bourse was placed into a trading halt at about 11:10 am local time "as a result of network connectivity issues relating to DDoS cybersecurity attacks".
Police said that the 38-year-old victim was kidnapped on Tuesday by the brothers, assaulted and made to walk for 45 minutes around the western town of Khambhaliya with no clothes on.
The company learned of the attack on Friday and took systems offline to contain the threat, it said in the statement. That action has temporarily halted operations and affected some of its IT systems, it said.