Ransomware is devastating, and current security software doesn't do a great job of stopping it. But researchers say ransomware's behavior - quickly encrypting large volumes of files before users have time to react - could be the key to solving this epidemic.
In the wake of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers, President Obama voices his concerns about the state of federal government IT security in this edition of the ISMG Security Report.
Omni Hotels & Resorts is warning customers that for six months, hackers infiltrated its networks and used point-of-sale malware to steal payment card data. One security expert says more than 50,000 stolen cards have been sold by a hacker called JokerStash.
The release this week by the PCI Security Standards Council of a new PCI compliance resource for small merchants is being lauded by the banking and payments community. But how effective will the resource be at actually convincing merchants to move forward with PCI compliance?
Interbank messaging service SWIFT will begin collecting and sharing anonymized attack information and offering incident-response services - backed by Fox-IT and BAE Systems - to help hacked banks. But will financial institutions buy in?
A new EU law will impose minimum cybersecurity measures on organizations as well as require enterprises across multiple sectors - including the likes of Amazon and Google - to report security breaches to authorities.
Nationwide fast food chain Wendy's has revised from 300 to 1,025 the number of restaurants that suffered payment card compromises. Investigators say the breach was more severe than they first believed, and involved two separate waves of point-of-sale malware attacks.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of an IT transformation that spotlights security efforts ranging from enforcing the use of two-factor authentication to reducing privileged access accounts, says a new mid-year report.
The federal tally of major health data breaches shows that to-date in 2016, there have been more reported hacker incidents than during the first half of 2015. However, so far this year, those hacks appear to be affecting fewer individuals.
Security vendors are issuing warnings about two new types of dangerous Mac malware - Eleanor and Keydnap - which serve as a reminder that it's not just Windows users coming under fire from malicious software developers and tricksters.
Forget the 2015 mega-breach, an ongoing FTC probe or multiple class-action lawsuits: A new leadership team wants to reboot infidelity-focused online dating website Ashley Madison, promising that this time they'll get security and privacy right.
Endpoint protection vendors compete fiercely for customers, and allegations of impropriety are common among rivals. The latest battle pits Sophos against Cylance. Whose version of the story is the truth?
Members of Congress have sent a letter to federal regulators saying that because ransomware attacks are "different" from other breaches in the healthcare sector, there's a need for new recommendations in upcoming government guidance.
In the first HIPAA enforcement action against a business associate, federal regulators have smacked a nonprofit organization with a $650,000 penalty following an investigation into a 2014 security incident affecting just 412 patients.
Ukraine's central bank has confirmed that one of the country's banks fell victim to a fraudulent SWIFT heist in April. This latest such attack revelation should spur all SWIFT-using banks to assume they've been hacked, until proven otherwise.