Business email compromise scams are surging, and they're costing U.S. companies a total of more than $300 million a month, according to a recently released analysis by the U.S. Treasury Department. The report pinpoints which sectors are hardest hit by this type of fraud.
A Texas-based healthcare system says hackers unsuccessfully tried to divert employee payroll direct deposits through a phishing attack that also potentially exposed patient data. The incident illustrates how business processes can help avert theft.
The Internal Revenue Services' internal financial reporting systems and IT infrastructure have 14 new security vulnerabilities, along with a long list of previously unresolved deficiencies, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office audit.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report describes the accidental discovery of a Tesla software vulnerability. Also featured: an analysis of the latest ransomware trends and insights from former federal advisers Richard Clarke and Robert Knake on cyber resilience.
A powerful parliamentary committee has called on Britain's new prime minister - be it Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt - to make a decision "as a matter of priority" about the extent to which telecommunications gear built by Huawei should be used in the nation's 5G network.
The impact of the massive American Medical Collection Agency data breach continues to grow. At least two more laboratories have said their patients' data was potentially compromised by the breach. Meanwhile, court filings accuse AMCA of a lack of "cooperation and transparency" in the wake of the incident.
Bulgaria's national cybercrime unit has arrested a 20-year-old local man for his alleged role in breaching the country's tax servers and exposing the financial details and other personal data of nearly 5 million citizens, according to news media reports.
A 20-year-old Dutch man suspected of creating the Rubella Macro Builder toolkit and distributing it on underground forums has been arrested by the Dutch National Police, which received assistance from McAfee. Rubella and other toolkits enable attackers to distribute malware through weaponized Office documents.
With the GandCrab ransomware-as-service gang promising to retire - and free decryptors now aiding victims - rival Sodinokibi has already stepped into the void, security experts warn. Driven also by attackers wielding Ryuk, Dharma and Phobos, ransom payments by victims have been surging.
At a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers grilled a Facebook executive about the company's plans to launch a cryptocurrency. One Democratic senator said Facebook "does not respect the power of the technologies they are playing with - like a toddler who has gotten his hands on a book of matches."
The sentencing of a former worker at a substance abuse treatment provider in connection with a Medicaid fraud conspiracy "is an important reminder about the threats from insiders," one privacy attorney says.
Software vulnerabilities sometimes have an uncanny knack of revealing themselves, even when a bug hunter is looking someplace else. Sam Curry's probing eventually revealed a cross-site scripting flaw in a Tesla service, which netted him a $10,000 bounty.
Fraudsters continue to get new tricks up their sleeves. Criminals are increasingly using Apple Pay, setting up mobile call centers to socially engineer victims as well as tricking consumers via fake e-commerce sites that never fulfill orders, fraud-fighting experts warn.
In the run-up to Amazon Prime Day, some of the company's customers were being targeted by a phishing kit called 16Shop, according to McAfee researchers. The campaign is similar to an earlier attack that focused on Apple users.