A British teenager has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to thousands of DDoS disruptions against Amazon, Netflix, NatWest Bank and others. Separately, a U.S. man has pleaded guilty to launching DDoS attacks on behalf of Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp, among other offenses.
An analysis of the cyber component of the Trump administration's just-published National Security Strategy leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security. Also, DHS and industry establish a cyber coordinating council to help secure the U.S. electoral system.
The Trump administration has belatedly announced that hackers tied to the government of North Korea were behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak that began in May and infected more than 200,000 endpoints across 150 countries. Why is the White House only now airing its attribution?
In an usual move, federal regulators have made arrangements to have a cyber insurer cover a $2.3 million HIPAA penalty on behalf of a bankrupt cancer care clinic chain, 21st Century Oncology, which also signed false claims settlements totaling $26 million.
Legislation pending in Congress that would offer protections for companies and individuals who seek to "hack back" in retaliation against cybercriminals who have attacked them is a bad idea, contends Alan Brill of Kroll.
With just a few months left until the EU's General Data Protection Regulation will be enforced, too many so-called "experts" are spreading fear and falsehoods about the regulation, says Brian Honan, a Dublin-based cybersecurity consultant, who clarifies misperceptions in an in-depth interview.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a report on a malware attack on an industrial safety system that experts contend could threaten public safety. Also, legislation giving DHS's cybersecurity unit a meaningful name progresses through Congress.
What does the title National Protection and Programs Directorate mean to you? It's not so clear, unless you are familiar with the Department of Homeland Security's organizational chart. To clarify its mission, the House has voted to rename - and revamp - the DHS agency.
Most of the criminal activity targeting today's enterprises originates at the endpoint, and the majority of modern breaches use known threats or vulnerabilities for which a patch already exists. For this reason, endpoint visibility must be complete and continuous.
Cybercriminals continue to rely on individuals who undertake the risky operation of moving illicit proceeds from one location to another. But these "money mules" face a multitude of risks, including imprisonment, police warn.
Bitcoin: Is it the future of cash, a legitimate speculative instrument or a Ponzi scheme in easy-to-consume digital form? Despite the outstanding questions, investors and cybercriminals alike continue to amass cryptocurrencies. Both groups face perils.
Artificial intelligence can help improve network health by building a "pattern of life" for every device, user and network, says Justin Fier of Darktrace, who explains how to improve network visibility.
The latest ISMG Security Report features a special report on securing medical devices. Healthcare security leaders from the FDA, an academic medical center and a medical device manufacturer share their insights on the challenges involved.