The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion with FBI Agent Elvis Chan on the cyber disruptions to expect immediately after the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Also featured: smart lock security flaws; cryptocurrency-funded crimes in 2021.
Almost eight months after Microsoft warned of a critical vulnerability in Windows called SMBGhost, more than 100,000 unpatched devices remain vulnerable, according to security researchers. The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing rush to move workers into home offices may have led to delays in applying the fix.
The operators behind the Ryuk strain of malware are increasingly relying on a malware-as-a-service tool - the Buer loader - to deliver the malware, rather than botnets such as Trickbot and Emotet, the security firm Sophos reports.
So far, much of the discussion about 5G security has focused on avoiding the use of technology from Chinese manufacturers, including Huawei and ZTE. But security experts are increasingly concerned that 5G network and device providers rushing products to market aren't devoting enough attention to security.
The imperative for CISOs during the COVID-19 pandemic is to do more with less. While disruptive attacks - as well as privacy concerns - keep rising, budgets are down. As organizations rapidly adopt new technologies, however, EY's Kris Lovejoy says CISOs must seize the opportunity to streamline.
A new online platform called VulnerableThings.com is aiming to become the go-to place for reporting and viewing reports on software flaws in IoT devices. The IoT Security Foundation and Oxford Information Labs say the platform could help vendors comply with new IoT regulations and standards.
A greatly enhanced variant of the powerful Mirai botnet is already infecting IoT devices even though it's operating in a test environment, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Avira Protection Lab.
A former vice president of a personal protective equipment packaging firm has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution for sabotaging the company's electronic shipping records during the COVID-19 pandemic - causing delays in deliveries - after he was terminated from his job.
Security researchers at Imperva have uncovered a botnet that attacks vulnerabilities in websites' underlying content management systems and then uses these compromised servers to mine for cryptocurrency or send spam to more victims.
The Treasury Department has issued sanctions against a Russian research institute that U.S. officials now claim helped deploy Triton, destructive malware designed to damage industrial control systems. The announcement follows other economic penalties levied against Iran in the same week.