Spammers wielding Locky ransomware have a new trick up their sleeves: the ability to infect PCs via malicious Microsoft Word documents that use the Dynamic Data Exchange application-linking feature built into Windows to push ransomware onto victims' systems.
An in-depth look at the DMARC anti-spoofing system - which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this past week said it will require federal agencies to adopt - leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, continuous monitoring of the insider threat.
A class action lawsuit claims that thousands of employees of a home healthcare firm were harmed by the disclosure of their personal information as a result of a business email compromise scam. Earlier, regulators fined the company for another breach.
The FBI is asking all U.S. victims of DDoS attacks to please come forward. The bureau's plea for more information from cyberattack victims parallels similar requests made this week by British authorities speaking at ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in London.
The Internal Revenue Service is pushing back at critics who contend the tax agency isn't doing enough to secure its information technology. Commissioner John Koskinen cites headway in preventing criminals from gaining access to tax filers' personally identifiable information.
To be successful, the quest to mitigate insider threat risks must start at the time employees are hired and continue as they move into different positions requiring varying degrees of data access, says Suzanne Widup of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
A small Missouri clinic admits paying a ransom to unlock data after a ransomware attack in August encrypted patient data on a file server, as well as backups. The incident spotlights the dilemmas healthcare organizations can face after a ransomware attack if they're not well-prepared.
A look at President Donald Trump's pick for the Department of Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: Equifax's and TransUnion's problem with dubious code.
A Belgian security researcher has discovered a "serious weakness" in the WPA2 security protocols used to encrypt many WiFi communications. Attackers can exploit the flaws to eavesdrop as well as potentially inject code such as malware or ransomware into WiFi-connected systems. Prepare for patches.
The RSA Conference returns to Abu Dhabi in November, and event organizers Linda Gray Martin and Britta Glade say this year's agenda is packed with new speakers and topics unique to this growing annual event.
Security researchers have discovered websites run by credit bureaus Equifax and TransUnion were both affected by dodgy code that redirected users to adware and malware. Both issues are fixed, but the situations beg questions about how closely the companies monitor their online security.
For the second time in two years, Hyatt Hotels suffered a payment card data breach after attackers infected payment card processing systems with malware. The latest breach lasted for over three months and affected 41 Hyatt hotels across 11 countries.
It's a tale that reads stranger than fiction, a true Tom Clancy-ish yarn: Israeli spies hacked Kaspersky Lab, discovering that Russia has been using the company's pervasive anti-virus software to spy on U.S. spies. Will Kaspersky Lab survive?
The number of information security analysts employed in the United States has topped 100,000 for the first time, according to an Information Security Media Group analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
The Dark Overlord, a hacking group that hijacks data from businesses and holds it for ransom, is now threatening school districts. The apparent intent isn't to get ransoms from schools per se, but to create a fear campaign designed to scare big businesses into paying the group's ransoms.