The method the Internal Revenue Service used to authenticate users, which failed to keep sophisticated hackers from breaching a taxpayer-facing system, has been widely criticized by cybersecurity experts.
A game-changing impact of the Edward Snowden leaks about previously secret National Security Agency surveillance activities is the increased use of encryption, such as to protect email, says Peter Swire, a former White House chief privacy counsel.
Using personal information gained from third-party sources to circumvent authentication protections, hackers breached 100,000 accounts of taxpayers who had used the IRS's "Get Transcript" application, which has been temporarily shuttered.
It's no surprise that virus-wielding hackers are exploiting Internet of Things devices. Blame too many device manufacturers rushing products to market, skimping on secure development practices and failing to audit the third-party code they use.
This year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London is offering a top-notch range of sessions, ranging from how to battle cybercrime and social engineering to building a better security culture and workforce. Here's my list of must-see sessions.
MasterCard's breach settlement with Target has been derailed after not enough card issuers agreed to the terms. Now MasterCard is expected to attempt to renegotiate, while banks continue with a class-action lawsuit against the retailer.
One of the world's largest dating websites - self-described "thriving sex community" AdultFriendFinder.com - is investigating reports of a data leak containing details of 3.9 million users' personal details and sexual preferences.
Britain's computer emergency response team - CERT-UK - reports that malware remains the dominant mode of online attack for cybercriminals, and Zeus their most preferred tool of choice. But the team is promoting a free information-alert service to help.
A U.S. Department of Commerce proposal to restrict the export of so-called "intrusion software" to prevent foreign adversaries from acquiring zero-day exploits has raised concern in the developer community.
While the "Logjam" vulnerability raises serious concerns, there's no need to rush related patches into place, according to several information security experts. Learn the key issues, and how organizations must respond
Although the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield breach is the third major hacker attack against a health insurer revealed in recent months, experts warn that other organizations, including health information exchanges, could be targeted next.
In addition to providing training, healthcare organizations should consider implementing technology to help prevent user mistakes that can lead to breaches of protected health information, says Geoffrey Bibby of ZixCorp.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is the latest health insurer to be targeted by a sophisticated hacking attack. It recently discovered that an intrusion into a database in June 2014 resulted in a breach affecting 1.1 million individuals.