Distributed denial-of-service attacks have not garnered much attention this year. But analysts say such attacks could surge, and they have the potential to be just as damaging as ransomware and other types of cyberthreats.
The operators behind a botnet dubbed "Gitpaste-12" are abusing legitimate services such as GitHub and Pastebin to help hide the malware's malicious infrastructure, according to Juniper Threat Labs. This botnet mainly targets Linux apps and IoT devices and can mine cryptocurrency.
Apple issued an update for iOS and iPadOS on Thursday that fixes three zero-day flaws found by Google's Project Zero bug-hunting team and a range of other security-related flaws. Google says the bugs are being exploited by attackers but haven't been used in election-related cyber activity.
Aleksandr Brovko, a Russian national, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for stealing personally identifiable data and online banking credentials using a botnet, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Federal prosecutors estimate the losses at $100 million.
After a federal judge blocked an order that would have banned ByteDance-owned TikTok from operating within the U.S., the Commerce Department vowed to continue to defend the Trump administration's executive order. Additional court hearings over the order are scheduled for later this year.
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.
Although IoT door locks are ultimately designed to keep people out, they may actually be the way in. Craig Young of Tripwire describes problems he found in U-tec's Ultraloq and other issues with IoT security.
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.
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.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes a new report that labels ransomware as the No. 1 cybercrime threat. Also featured: A former FBI agent offers an update on "disruptionware" attacks; how Tesla's autopilot is tricked by phantom images.
Ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat seen by law enforcement. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud - many now using a COVID-19 theme - also loom large, Europol warns in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
The Xplora 4 kids smartwatch was shipped with a backdoor that could be activated remotely by an encrypted SMS to take secret screenshots. The manufacturer says the code was mistakenly left in the firmware, and it has issued a patch to remove it.
Two types of autopilot systems can be tricked into reacting after seeing split-second images, according to new research into autonomous vehicles. Although this could pose a risk, deep-learning software could keep the systems from being tricked.