While the federal health data breach tally shows that hacker incidents continue to rise in 2017, regulators are offering up some insights from their investigations into a handful of ransomware-related breaches reported in 2016.
The critical Active Management Technology flaw in many Intel chipsets' firmware can be remotely exploited using any password - or even no password at all - to gain full access to a system, security researchers warn. Numerous systems and even ATMs will require forthcoming firmware fixes.
The latest draft version of the Trump administration's cybersecurity executive order is similar to the previous version and lays out a plan to secure U.S. federal government and critical infrastructure IT that could have come out of the Obama White House.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning IT service providers, healthcare organizations and three other business sectors about a sophisticated cyberattack campaign that involves using stolen administrative credentials and implanting malware on critical systems.
Hackers have reportedly exploited the SS7 mobile telecommunications signaling protocol to drain money from online bank accounts used by O2 mobile phone subscribers. Despite rising security worries relating to SS7, many telcos have yet to explore related fixes.
Organizations have more endpoints today than ever, and securing those endpoints is challenging, because it's rare that any one organization is responsible for all the endpoints that touch its network and servers, says Mike Spanbauer, vice president of research and strategy at NSS Labs.
Score another one for social engineering: A phishing campaign used a bogus "Google Docs" app to trick people into surrendering full access to their Google accounts and contacts. Before Google squashed the campaign, up to 1 million of its users may have fallen victim.
Travel industry software giant Sabre has alerted hotels that its software-as-a-service SynXis Central Reservations system - used by more than 36,000 properties - was breached and payment card data and customers' personal details may have been stolen.
As ransomware assaults in the healthcare sector continue to rise, it's a matter of time before medical devices are impacted, says healthcare security expert Axel Wirth of Symantec, who analyzes the risks.
The figure sounds alarming, 60 percent of small companies went belly up within six months of a breach. And that stat was repeated several times by lawmakers as a House panel debated - and approved - a bill aimed at helping small businesses battle hackers. But is that number true?
IBM and Lenovo have issued a security alert, warning that they inadvertently shipped malware-infected USB flash drives to some customers who use their Storwize hardware. The malware, known as Reconyc, is designed to install additional attack code on infected endpoints.