Privacy watchdogs in Europe have imposed fines totaling more than $330 million since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018, according to law firm DLA Piper. Over the past year, regulators received 121,000 data breach notifications, up 19% from the year before.
The U.S. Capitol siege and the impeachment of President Trump are being exploited for disinformation purposes ahead of Inauguration Day by Russia, Iran and China, a U.S. joint threat assessment reportedly warns. But in terms of violence, domestic extremists are the principal threat.
Researchers at the security firm Proofpoint are tracking several fraud schemes leveraging COVID-19 vaccine-themed emails. The schemes include business email compromise scams, messages with malicious attachments and phishing emails designed to harvest credentials.
The governor of New Zealand's Reserve Bank says he "personally owns" responsibility for a data breach that exposed private and sensitive stakeholder information. The breach came after a serious vulnerability was disclosed in December in Accellion's File Transfer Appliance, which the bank uses.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report describes new details emerging from the SolarWinds supply chain hack investigation. Also featured: A discussion of why security education is so crucial in 2021 and tips on how to retain security and operations center analysts.
The physical breach of the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob, members of which allegedly accessed lawmakers' systems and stole devices, offers cybersecurity professional lessons to learn on authentication, encryption and more, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan.
Documents on COVID-19 vaccines and medications - including some containing personal information - that were stolen in a cyberattack last month on the European Medicines Agency have been leaked on the internet.
A recently identified mobile remote access Trojan dubbed "Rogue," which exploits Google's Firebase development platform, targets Android devices to exfiltrate personal data and can deliver other malware, according to Check Point Research. The RAT is being offered for sale or rent in darknet forums.
Investigators probing the supply chain attack that hit SolarWinds say attackers successfully hacked the company's Microsoft Visual Studio development tools to add a backdoor into Orion network monitoring security software builds. They warn that other vendors may have been similarly subverted.
A vulnerability in a GitHub repository belonging to the United Nations Environment Program exposed over 100,000 employee records, including personally identifiable information, contact details and other sensitive data, according to a group of independent security researchers. The flaw has been patched.
The "Sunburst" backdoor deployed in the breach of SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring tool uses some of the same code found in the "Kazuar" backdoor, which security researchers have previously tied to Russian hackers, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
Information security and privacy professionals responsible for safeguarding personal information have been left in limbo as the U.K. exits the EU. But the transfer of Europeans' data from EU member nations to the U.K. can continue unimpeded for six months until the EU makes a final ruling on the issue.
The "remote workforce" of 2020 is gone. Now we're talking about the new, permanent "branch office" - and it comes with its own unique set of cybersecurity concerns, says Derek Manky of FortiGuard Labs. He discusses new social engineering trends and how to respond.