This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of recommendations by a U.S. House Encryption Working Group that Congress should not enact legislation that requires technology companies to help law enforcement authorities bypass encryption on the devices they manufacture.
A variant of malware used to infect U.S. Democratic National Committee systems was also used to infect an Android app used by Ukraine's artillery forces, bolstering attribution of both attacks to Russia, says cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike.
A massive botnet run by a Russian cybercrime gang netted more than $3 million a day by generating fake views of online video advertisements, security firm White Ops warns. Cue new concerns over the prevalence of advertising fraud in the wake of fake news worries.
The County of Los Angeles is notifying 756,000 individuals of a breach stemming from a phishing scheme that tricked more than 100 county employees. Bank account and payment card information, Social Security numbers and health-related information was potentially exposed.
Three Romanian men accused of running a cybercrime ring that used custom-built "Bayrob" malware and money mules to steal at least $4 million from victims have been extradited to face charges in the United States.
Fifty-nine percent of security leaders believe their current ransomware defenses are above average or superior. Yet 53 percent also have been victim of ransomware attacks in the past year. Eduardo Cabrera of Trend Micro discusses this and other results of the Ransomware Response Study.
The emergence of contactless chip payments on mobile phones is changing the way transactions are authenticated and secured, Jeremy King of the PCI Security Standards Council explains in this audio interview.
Ransomware attacks, which initially targeted Windows computers and then spread to Android mobile devices, are now targeting Linux servers as well, says Bob Lynch of Bitdefender, who describes a risk mitigation strategy in this video interview.
Over the years, HHS has released several guidance documents, but all are weak and without mandates as it relates to identity management and authentication of entities accessing protected health information. Guidance typically includes words like "may" and "should," but rarely include words like "shall" or "must."
Ransomware is going to get personal. Password managers will be huge targets. And we will see the rise of a whole new exploit kit. These are among the 2017 security predictions from Malwarebytes Laboratories. CEO Marcin Kleczynski offers insight on how to prepare.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: an analysis of the impact on healthcare information security and privacy of the 21st Century Cares Act, which President Obama signed into law Dec. 13. Also, a report on the spread of malvertising and an update on the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist.
In the latest sign that when it comes to data, absolutely nothing is sacred, hackers have set their sights on fans of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and in particular 1.2 million members of its Colonel's Club loyalty program in the U.K. and Ireland.
Hackers are increasingly taking advantage of new technologies, including analytics and artificial intelligence, to launch more sophisticated attacks and commit cybercrimes, Bill Fox, a former federal prosecutor, explains in this interview.