The section chief of the FBI's Cyber Division says "the FBI does not condone payment of ransom," in part because it enables criminals to victimize others. Instead, the bureau continues to urge all potential victims to get their IT house in order.
Following the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank, is it time for banks to make SWIFT money transfers less automated and better supervised and thus secure? An alleged scam from the days of telex machines and code books offers useful perspective.
Just six months after law enforcement agencies coordinated a takedown to disrupt online banking credential theft linked to the banking Trojan Dridex, the malware has re-emerged with new attack tactics and new targets, researchers say. U.S. bank accounts and businesses are now primary targets.
The Joint Commission, which accredits healthcare organizations, has reversed its long ban on physicians and other clinicians using text messaging to place orders related to patient care, citing technology advances that enable more secure communication. But users must comply with a list of requirements.
Within the next 20 years, quantum computing could be applied to easily crack current approaches to cryptography, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which already is beginning work on new approaches to encryption that can withstand the power of quantum computing.
Despite continued efforts to shore up security to protect payment card data and other financial information, the U.S. financial services and retail sectors had more data breaches in 2015 than any other business sectors worldwide, according to Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations report.
The Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations report finds malware, ransomware and phishing attacks are more common than ever and creating even more damage. Organizations are continuing to get exploited via vulnerabilities that are months or even years old, forensics expert Laurance Dine explains in this interview.
Vladimir Tsastin, an Estonian national, has been sentenced to serve more than seven years in prison and pay a $2.5 million fine after pleading guilty to running a $14 million click-fraud scheme with more than 4 million victims across 100 countries.
Five new payment card data security requirements for third-party service providers are among the most significant changes included in version 3.2 of the PCI Data Security Standard released April 28, says Troy Leach of the PCI Security Standards Council.
The most important lesson from the lawsuit electronic health records vendor Epic Systems filed against Tata Consultancy Services is that data security controls must extend beyond protecting personally identifiable information to include intellectual property, attorney Ron Raether explains in this audio report.
In an alert to banks, SWIFT warns that it's seen repeat attempts by hackers to subvert its messaging system, which banks around the world use to move money. It's released a "mandatory" software update to help customers identify signs of attack.
A soon-to-be-launched pilot project funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to provide a potential model for how online access to patient information can be streamlined while boosting security, NIST trusted identities expert Phil Lam explains in this audio interview.
A report that the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist was linked to customized malware has raised questions about the security of SWIFT transactions. But the more critical issue, fraud experts say, is the need for banks to have proper security controls in place to detect and prevent network intrusions.