With the U.S. midterm elections occurring on Tuesday, the "trump" keyword remains king for spammers. "Spam campaigners understand the value of brands, and for spam as for ballots, and whether for or against, the election is all about Trump," security firm Proofpoint says.
Criminals wielding crypto-locking ransomware - especially Dharma/CrySiS, GandCrab and Global Imposter, but also SamSam - continue to attack. Insurance firm Beazley says cyber claims for ransomware have increased in recent months, with the healthcare sector hardest hit.
Australia's largest defense exporter says it hasn't responded to an extortion attempt after ship design schematics were stolen by a hacker. Austal says the material is neither sensitive nor classified.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features Kevin McDonald of the Mayo Clinic discussing how to secure connected medical devices. Plus, updates on the indictments of Chinese agents for hacking and the unveiling of the Financial Services Sector Cybersecurity Profile.
Kevin McDonald, director of clinical information security at Mayo Clinic, spells out several steps for helping to ensure the security of medical devices, stressing there's no "silver bullet" that can do the job. He'll be a speaker at ISMG's Healthcare Security Summit, to be held Nov. 13-14 in New York.
Good news for anyone whose data has been crypto-locked by attackers wielding GandCrab, the year's most aggressive strain of ransomware: You may be able to get your data back, thanks to a free decryptor.
British Airways has discovered that hackers compromised payment card data and personal details for 185,000 more customers than it had originally suspected and that its systems were first breached not in August, but April. The airline now counts 429,000 data breach victims.
Australian police have charged a woman in the theft of AU$450,000 (US$318,000) worth of the virtual currency XRP, also known as Ripple, in one of the largest cryptocurrency thefts from a single victim. The case highlights how basic security messaging on protecting cryptocurrency isn't getting through.
Digital transformation is putting tremendous pressure on IT security. Whether it's discovering short-lived assets (e.g., containers), assessing cloud environments or maintaining web application security, IT security priorities do not have to be at the mercy of digital business initiatives.
Facebook has been slammed with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "a very serious data incident" that exposed an estimated 87 million Facebook users' personal details to political campaign influence firm Cambridge Analytica.
Two years after Mirai botnets first appeared, security researchers say telnet-targeting botnets are attempting to compromise internet of things devices by pummeling them with 1,065 different username/password combinations. Some of these attacks are designed to install Linux DDoS malware.
Where is the secret spying chip devised by China that Bloomberg reported had worked its way into at least 30 companies, including Amazon and Apple? The report earlier this month alleging supply chain infiltration by China's People's Liberation Army triggered skepticism from the start - and it's growing.
Cryptojackers and eavesdroppers are continuing to exploit a one-time zero-day flaw in unpatched MikroTik routers, despite a patch that's been available for six months as well as the actions of a vigilante "gray hat" hacker who's forcibly "fixed" 100,000 vulnerable routers.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.
With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.