Security vendors are known to sprinkle hyperbole among their claims. But the strategy has backfired for DirectDefense, which mistakenly cast endpoint protection vendor Carbon Black as a contributor to the "world's largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet."
The federal tally that lists major health data breaches has hit a new milestone: More than 2,000 breaches have been reported since September 2009. And the tally shows a significant shift in the kinds of breaches being reported.
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. will pay a $5.5 million settlement and update its security practices as a result of an agreement with attorneys general in 32 states and the District of Columbia in the wake of a 2012 data breach affecting more than 1.2 million individuals.
About half of today's cyberattacks are malware-free and don't involve having to write any files to disk, says Dan Larson of Crowdstrike. These attacks get around conventional defenses, such as firewalls and antivirus programs, so they require new defenses, he says.
Just in time for the seasonal upgrading of tax software, the IRS is warning of phishing emails purporting to be software updates, but which try to trick tax professionals into divulging login credentials.
The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert warning about cyber vulnerabilities in certain Siemens medical imaging products running Windows 7 that could allow hackers to "remotely execute arbitrary code." How serious are the risks?
Data breach truism: So many organizations get breached, and remain breached, but don't find out until months or even years later, says Paul White of the cybersecurity firm Cyber adAPT. He offers insights on speeding reaction time by watching for clues.
It's a red-faced moment for FireEye. The company says an investigation reveals that an attack against an analyst's personal online accounts was enabled by the employee's continued use of compromised login credentials.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads with a report on the charges brought against Marcus Hutchins, the "accidental hero" who stoped the WannaCry malware outbreak. Also featured: reports on advances in attribution and new legislation to secure vulnerable medical devices.
Employees are still falling for phishing scams leading to major breaches, including those related to ransomware attacks, say federal regulators, who are urging healthcare entities to step up their workforce training and awareness of email schemes.
Cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins will plead not guilty in federal court to charges relating to creating and selling banking malware called Kronos. Some in the security community think the FBI may have confused legitimate research activities with criminal behavior.
Maxim Senakh, who was extradited from Finland to the United States to face charges related to Ebury botnet attacks, has been sentenced to serve nearly four years in federal prison, after which he will be deported to his native Russia.