A scareware campaign has been locking iOS devices with faux ransomware, demanding a payoff via virtual iTunes gift cards, security researchers warn. A fix for the exploited iOS flaw is included in a massive batch of product patches and updates released by Apple.
The Department of Homeland Security, which missed meeting last week's deadline for submitting a new cybersecurity strategy to Congress, could be months away from providing lawmakers with that policy, a top DHS cybersecurity official says.
An analysis of British Home Secretary Amber Rudd's call for law enforcement to gain access to encrypted communications services, such as WhatsApp, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, a preview of ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in San Francisco.
Not too fast, not too slow. Notwithstanding regulations and contractual obligations, that's legal and security experts' consensus on how quickly organizations that suspect they've been breached should notify individuals whose information may have been exposed.
Microsoft's docs.com service has been an open window to viewing people's personal data. The company appears to have taken some steps to contain the exposure, but those watching closely say sensitive data can still be found via search engines.
Google has run out of patience with Symantec's digital certificate business. It has outlined a plan that over time will have its Chrome browser reject all of Symantec's existing digital certificates and force all of its future certificates to be reissued every nine months.
Following last week's Westminster attack in London, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd is demanding that police and intelligence agencies be given on-demand access to end-to-end encrypted communications services such as WhatsApp.
The Trump administration has named Roger Severino as the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA and protects patients rights. Meanwhile, it remains unclear who will lead the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
An Obama-era regulation, which has yet to take effect, that aims to strengthen consumer's online privacy may be derailed. The Senate has voted along party lines to quash the rule that the FCC issued in October.
WikiLeaks has released a second batch of CIA attack tools, dubbed Dark Matter, which includes malware designed to exploit Mac OS X and iOS devices. But Apple contends the attacks target vulnerabilities in its software that have long been patched, so users are not at risk.
With the rapid changes in the threat landscape and the risks introduced by DevOps, the cloud and other new elements, organizations need to have a continuous vulnerability assessment program as a security baseline, says Richard Bussiere of Tenable Network Security.
A look at experts promoting blockchain as a secure way to share cyberthreat information leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, how sound waves pose a threat to IoT devices, smartphones and medical devices.
The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly preparing to charge multiple "Chinese middlemen" with helping to orchestrate the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist on behalf of North Korea. Security experts have long been reporting that the attack code and tactics appear to trace to North Korea.
Under HIPAA, the theft or loss of encrypted computing or storage devices is not considered a reportable data breach. But a recent incident at a Kentucky-based healthcare organization demonstrates that making a determination on whether an incident is a reportable breach isn't always clear-cut.