After years of failing to enact cyberthreat information-sharing legislation, Congress is poised to vote on a measure this week that would incentivize businesses to share voluntarily threat data with the federal government and with each other.
Global Payments Inc. plans to buy its smaller rival, Heartland Payment Systems Inc., for $4.3 billion. Both payment transaction processors have suffered massive data breaches, and industry observers are weighing in on whether the merged companies will successfully build a strong culture of security.
The FBI has arrested three men on charges that they participated in a hacking and identity theft scheme designed to fuel spam campaigns, including the insider-enabled theft of account details for 24.5 million Comcast customers.
Police in Britain have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of "hacking offenses" related to the breach of Hong Kong toymaker VTech. Separately, the CEO of hacked London telco TalkTalk testified about her organization's security before Parliament.
A security researcher warns he was able to find online "sensitive account details" for 13 million users of MacKeeper. The software was the focus of a recently settled class-action lawsuit - alleging deceptive advertising and false claims.
A district judge has asked Home Depot to disclose communications that were sent to issuers about a deal with MasterCard to settle fraud losses and other expenses suffered by banks and credit unions in the wake of the retailer's 2014 data breach.
In its sixth HIPAA resolution agreement so far in 2015, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has announced a settlement with the University of Washington Medicine that includes a $750,000 penalty. It's the first HIPAA enforcement case stemming from the investigation of a phishing-related breach.
Twitter has issued its first-ever alerts to some users that they may have been "targeted by state-sponsored actors." Some cryptographers, software developers and security experts say they have received the alerts.
Two new malware reports - one from security researchers at technology giant Cisco, another from cybersecurity firm FireEye - demonstrate how developers continue to refine malicious code to maximize information-stealing and extortion potential.
A Dallas-based restaurant chain has confirmed that a malware attack compromised its point-of-sale system, apparently exposing payment cards at all of its 29 locations in seven states. Security experts say POS breaches at restaurants are a growing concern.
A former U.S. State Department employee has pleaded guilty to running a "sextortion" scheme from the U.S. Embassy in London that was designed to compel young women to share sexually explicit photographs, according to the FBI.
A former member of the NullCrew hacking group has pleaded guilty to participating in attacks against several organizations, including Bell Canada, Comcast and the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense, which the gang claimed to have exploited via SQL injection flaws.
Wyndham Worldwide Corp. has agreed to a settlement with the FTC over charges stemming from the hotel chain's three security breaches in 2008 and 2009 that exposed 619,000 payment cards and other personal information.
The Data Security Act of 2015, approved by the House Financial Services Committee, would create a national data breach notification requirement and spell out data security standards businesses must follow, usurping 47 state laws.
Another healthcare organization has disclosed that the FBI has detected a cyberattack on its computer network exposing information about its patients. Security experts expect more alerts from the FBI and call on organizations to ramp up breach detection.