An unparalleled mystery has piqued the security community's curiosity. A group calling itself the "Shadow Brokers" claims to have stolen code and exploits from the Equation Group, a nation-state spying group suspected to be affiliated with the NSA.
Obviously, ransomware attackers have no scruples. But the latest attacks go to even further extremes, channeling everything from Hitler to cats, as attackers hone their attempts to shake down Windows and Android users alike.
Imagine the security implications of a world in which millions of people have a physical impairment that leaves them internet-connected. Say hello to the promise - and peril - of internet-connected hearing aids, says Global Cyber Alliance's Phil Reitinger.
Scuffles between anti-virus software vendors have stepped up a notch, with startups and industry stalwarts slinging mud at each other. Cylance now says it plans to make its product available for tests used to benchmark security software.
The Petya ransomware gang says it released 3,500 crypto keys that it stole - along with source code - from rival Chimera ransomware developers. If the keys are legitimate, security firms say they can build decryption tools for Chimera victims.
At the Black Hat event in Las Vegas later this month, researchers plan to reveal vulnerabilities in hooking engines, a critical component of security software and other applications, including Microsoft Office.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation to encourage agencies to use secure cloud computing services as an alternative to continued reliance on legacy systems, which some government officials and IT security practitioners say puts data at risk.
In the wake of the Hillary Clinton email controversy, organizations need to be more aware of the risks of unsanctioned "shadow IT" and take appropriate mitigation steps, says security expert Mac McMillan.
The release this week by the PCI Security Standards Council of a new PCI compliance resource for small merchants is being lauded by the banking and payments community. But how effective will the resource be at actually convincing merchants to move forward with PCI compliance?
Interbank messaging service SWIFT will begin collecting and sharing anonymized attack information and offering incident-response services - backed by Fox-IT and BAE Systems - to help hacked banks. But will financial institutions buy in?
Breach fallout continues to mount in the aftermath of a cyberattack on cloud-based electronic health records vendor Bizmatics, which apparently affected hundreds of thousands of patients. The saga highlights important security lessons for covered entities when it comes to dealing with business associates.
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.
In recent months, Cloud Access Security Broker solutions have emerged as a defacto, mandatory control. Which is better approach to CASB - proxy or API? Rohit Gupta of Palerra shares his insight and recommendations.
For its next move since jettisoning storage firm Veritas and becoming a pure-play security vendor, Symantec plans to buy network and cloud security firm Blue Coat from private-equity owners Bain Capital for $4.65 billion, gaining a new CEO in the process.
With hack attacks continuing against banks, SWIFT must follow in the footsteps of other vendors - notably Microsoft - and begin offering detailed, prescriptive security guidance to its users, says Doug Gourlay of Skyport Systems.