IoT botnets, the term for armies of hacked internet-connected devices, aren't going away. And an anecdote from the field shows the gravity of the problem and why it's unlikely to be resolved any time soon.
A malware-wielding gang has been targeting financial firms' SWIFT software to inject fraudulent money-moving messages since at least January in "discreet campaigns" not tied to the Bangladesh Bank hack, Symantec warns.
As cyberattacks on healthcare entities continue to surge, federal regulators are urging organizations to safeguard network-attached storage devices and other gear that supports or enables file transfer protocol services.
Fashion accessories retailer Vera Bradley says its payments processing system was compromised by a malware attack. The retailer says card transactions conducted between July 25 and Sept. 23 at some of its 35 locations may have been affected.
Two Republican senators are demanding answers from the Federal Trade Commission about the "due process afforded" LabMD in the agency's data security enforcement case against the cancer testing laboratory. Meanwhile, LabMD has asked a federal court to delay the FTC's enforcement order while the lab appeals.
New long-awaited federal guidance clarifies that cloud services providers that handle protected health information are nearly always considered business associates under HIPAA and, as a result, must meet the regulation's security requirements.
The U.S. intelligence community has blamed the Russian government for attempting to interfere in U.S. elections by hacking and leaking documents. It also said Russia could be behind recent attempts to probe states' election systems.
Hacker attacks continue to account for the vast majority of health data breach victims this year, according to the latest federal tally. Some security experts expect that trend will persist as long as many organizations focus narrowly on HIPAA compliance rather than larger cybersecurity issues.
An NSA contractor who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton has been accused of stealing top-secret documents that the U.S. says could endanger national security. The documents are critical to a "wide variety of national security issues," the Department of Justice says.
Information security weaknesses that a watchdog agency found at the FDA are similar to those found at many healthcare organizations, some security experts say. But the FDA should be held to an even higher standard than the organizations that implement FDA-regulated drugs and devices, they argue.
Britain's privacy watchdog agency has slammed the telecommunications company TalkTalk with a record fine of £400,000 ($511,000) for multiple information security failings that allowed a hacker to bypass access controls and exfiltrate customer data "with ease."
Britain has launched a new National Cyber Security Center to help U.K. organizations better respond to cybersecurity incidents. But Brexit is imperiling intelligence-sharing arrangements that help the U.K. battle attacks and track cybercriminals.