Leading this latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The growing momentum in Congress to establish a select committee to investigate breaches the American intelligence community has tied to the Kremlin to influence the U.S. presidential election.
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.
President Barack Obama, saying the United States will retaliate against Russia for conducting hacks aimed at influencing the American presidential election, strongly suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized the cyberattacks against Democratic Party computers.
A third suspect alleged to be responsible for the 2014 JPMorgan Chase data breach, which affected more than 83 million customers, was arrested Dec. 14 after reportedly voluntarily returning to the U.S. from Russia.
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.
A report foreseeing homegrown hacktivists showing their displeasure with President-elect Donald Trump by launching cyberattacks against U.S. government sites leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, the details behind the 1 billion-record hack of Yahoo.
The impact of the patient data privacy and security provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law Dec. 13, will depend, in part, on who is chosen to study key issues and come up with recommendations, says attorney Steven Teppler.
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.
Yahoo has the dubious distinction of having not just one but two record-shattering historical breaches come to light this year. The latest breach to be revealed, which dates back to 2013, involved the potential compromise of 1 billion accounts.
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."
The healthcare sector needs to more effectively compete against other industries that are urgently seeking experienced cybersecurity professionals, says Lee Kim of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, who discusses critical steps in this audio interview.
Hack attack victims often ask two questions: "Who did it? And can we hack them back?" But after an attack, with time of the essence for blocking further damage, those are the wrong questions for breached organizations to be asking, data breach response expert Alan Brill says in this audio interview.