In Australia, it can take as few as 15 minutes to steal someone's phone number, a type of attack known as SIM hijacking. Such attacks are rising, but mobile operators have no plans to change the authentication required around number porting, which can be set in motion online with minimal personal information.
Financial service organizations have networks that are larger and more dynamic than ever - and so are their network security risks. Matt Kraning of Qadium shares the results of a new review and how organizations can respond to it.
Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
One mystery with the recently discovered payment card sniffing attacks against such organizations as British Airways and Newegg has been how attackers might have first gained access to the victims' networks. But a number of cybercrime markets sell such access, in some cases for as little as 50 cents.
Scotland's Arran Brewery fell victim to a Dharma Bip ransomware attack that infected its Windows domain controller and crypto-locked files and local backups, leading to the loss of three months' worth of sales data. The brewery refused to pay the attackers' two bitcoin ransom demand.
Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The biggest security budget in the business cannot save you from also suffering one of the biggest breaches. The key is: Do you have the right skills and technology deployed to defend your critical assets? Michael Malone and Ben Johnson of Datashield, an ADT company, make the case for outsourcing.
Intel has had a challenging time lately on the vulnerability front. It has issued yet another patch for its Management Engine after a researcher was able to extract two types of encryption keys. The problem was a repeat of one that Intel patched just last year.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a new Government Accountability Office report on the causes of last year's massive Equifax breach. Also: An update on the role of tokenization in protecting payments.
The new Apple Watch 4, which includes a sensor that can conduct an electrocardiogram, spotlights the emergence of consumer apps that appear to cross over into the territory of medical devices, raising potential cybersecurity concerns.
Effective "SecOps" involves revamping security processes that are inconsistent and ad hoc to make them targeted and consistent, says Rapid7 CEO Corey Thomas, who describes the roles of automation and orchestration.
A newly released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the massive 2017 Equifax data breach provides a postmortem look at what went wrong, centering on the credit bureau's identification, detection, segmentation and data governance, as well as a failure to rate-limit database requests.
While healthcare entities and their vendors apparently are improving their encryption practices for computing and storage devices, regulators are also urging organizations to avoid overlooking the importance of physically securing and tracking these devices to help safeguard PHI.