The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the many challenges involved in developing and implementing contact-tracing apps to help in the battle against COVID-19. Also featured: A discussion of emerging privacy issues and a report on why account takeover fraud losses are growing.
As manufacturers - including companies such as automakers that do not typically produce healthcare devices - race to help fill medical equipment shortages during the COVID-19 crisis, steps must be taken to ensure adequate security testing, says Fairuz Rafique of cybersecurity services firm EmberSec.
Web hosting giant GoDaddy confirms that a data breach has affected about 28,000 of its customers' web hosting accounts, according to a news report. The company has reset passwords and usernames for some customers as a precaution, although it says no data appears to have been altered.
In honor of World Password Day, here's a task for every organization that uses remote desktop protocol: Ensure that all of your organization's internet-facing RDP ports have a password - and that it's complex and unique.
Federal regulators are alerting healthcare organizations about an array of coronavirus-themed cyberthreats. Plus, they're advising them to avoid potential HIPAA privacy violations involving unauthorized disclosures of patient information to news outlets during the COVID-19 crisis.
Kaiji, a newly discovered botnet, is compromising Linux servers and IoT devices using brute-force methods that target the SSH protocol, according to the security firm Intezer. The botnet has the capability to launch DDoS attacks.
German prosecutors believe that an alleged Russian hacker who apparently is a member of an elite military unit is responsible for the 2015 cyberattack against Germany's parliament, according to a news report. Earlier, the suspect was charged in connection with U.S. 2016 election interference.
Five suspected members of the InfinityBlack hacking group have been arrested, and authorities in Europe say they've seized two databases with more than 170 million entries, including combinations of stolen usernames and passwords.
Despite the need to battle COVID-19, several nations' in-development digital contact-tracing apps are already dogged by security and privacy concerns. Whether enough users will ever trust these apps to make them effective remains a major question. Is it too late to get more projects back on track?
Authorities in the U.S. and U.K. are warning medical institutions, pharmaceutical companies, universities and others about "password-spraying campaigns" by advanced persistent threat groups seeking to steal COVID-19 research data. Security experts outline defensive steps that organizations can take.
Google and Apple on Monday released privacy and security guidelines for their jointly developed contact-tracing infrastructure. The companies note that apps developed using their APIs can only be developed by or for public health authorities - and solely to collect information to trace COVID-19 infections.