A Bangladesh probe says that an insider may have assisted attackers in perpetrating the $81 million cyber heist against Bangladesh Bank. SWIFT has unveiled new security measures to help other banks, but security experts say more will be needed.
Financial fraud expert Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst, says the SWIFT-related heists, which have defrauded banks out of millions of dollars in recent weeks, are not cause for "the sky is falling" alarm. She recommends key security steps to prevent further such incidents.
A Japanese ATM cash-out scheme that stole $19 million from South Africa's Standard Bank in less than three hours illustrates why devising better ways to mitigate the risks posed by such schemes must be a priority for financial institutions in markets - including the U.S. - that still rely on mag stripe debit cards.
As Europe counts down to implementing its General Data Protection Regulation, which will require EU-wide data breach notifications for the first time, similar efforts to enact a single federal law in the United States remain stalled.
LinkedIn failed to force all users to reset their passwords after a 2012 breach of at least 6.5 million credentials came to light. But it turns out the breach actually compromised 167 million accounts. Whoops.
After blaming a recent spate of bank robberies on banks' poor information security practices, SWIFT has changed its tune. Now it says it wants to help financial firms spot related fraud and better share information about unfolding threats.
Upticks in point-of-sale fraud and surges in ATM skimming are hitting community banks hard, Doug Johnson of the American Bankers Association says in this video interview. Why are smaller institutions feeling the pain?
Walmart's lawsuit against Visa, which claims the card brand is unfairly preventing retailers from requiring that customers enter PINs when they conduct EMV debit transactions, poses important questions about fair business practices, says Liz Garner of the Merchant Advisory Group.
Another series of SWIFT-enabled hack attacks against a bank has come to light, following the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh and SWIFT warning that other banks are also being targeted.
Ransomware, regulations, botnets, information sharing and policing strategies were just some of the topics that dominated the "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" hosted by Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.
The FFIEC has released detailed security guidance for mobile banking and payments that its examiners will now use in their assessments of financial institutions. Banking security experts offer a critique.
The federal tally of major health data breaches is littered with hundreds of incidents blamed on business associates that affected a total of tens of millions of individuals. But vendor involvement in breaches is probably actually a lot worse than what's reflected on the HHS tally.
Restaurant chain Wendy's says fewer than 300 of its 5,500 locations were affected by a fall 2015 malware attack that infected a POS system not used at its other locations. The breach highlights why all franchisees under a corporate brand should use the same well-tested POS system, says Gartner's Avivah Litan.
A security firm claims to have obtained from a young Russian hacker a data set that includes 272 million unique credentials for Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo email addresses, among others. But there's no reason to panic, security experts say.
The Pakistan National Assembly has approved the cybercrime bill under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2015. It is a positive move, but given the challenges of execution, there is still far to go in ensuring a cybersecure ecosystem.