An Australian software engineer warns that he was able to create a fake digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate via the government's Express Medicare Plus app, and that the agency in charge has so far failed to acknowledge his bug report. He recommends Australia instead copy the EU's QR code system.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned eight financial firms for alleged failures related to cybersecurity policies and procedures, each stemming from email account takeovers and related incident response, the regulator announced this week.
Because a relatively small number of individuals provide the vast majority of services and infrastructure that power cybercrime, they remain top targets for arrest - or at least disruption - by law enforcement authorities, says cybercrime expert Alan Woodward. But of course, geopolitics sometimes gets in the way.
Phishing, ransomware and unauthorized access remain the leading causes of personal data breaches as well as violations of data protection rules, Britain's privacy watchdog reports. The U.K. government has also been caught out by breaches and leaks involving military secrets and CCTV footage from a government building.
The World Bank has launched a cybersecurity fund for low- and middle-income nations to support public sector efforts to conduct cybersecurity maturity assessments, offer technical assistance and support training and staff development.
The U.K.'s Ministry of Defense reportedly posted a job opening recently for an electronics engineer, who would be working for its - wait for it - secret Special Air Service hacking unit, dubbed MAB5, in Hereford.
Nearly three weeks ago, Iran's state railway company was hit with a cyberattack that was disruptive and - somewhat unusually - also playful. Security firm SentinelOne says analyzing the wiper malware involved offers tantalizing clues about the attackers' skills, but no clear attribution.
The Israeli government paid a visit on Wednesday to NSO Group, the company whose spyware is alleged to have been covertly installed on the mobile devices of journalists and activists. The visit comes as Israel faces growing pressure to see if NSO Group's spyware, called Pegasus, has been misused.
Calls are growing for an investigation into how commercial Pegasus spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group gets sold to autocratic governments and used to target journalists, lawyers, human rights advocates and others, with some lawmakers saying "the hacking-for-hire industry must be brought under control."
Ransomware-wielding criminals continue to find innovative new ways to extort victims, develop technically and sidestep skills shortages by delivering ransomware as a service, said Robert Hannigan, the former head of U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, in his Infosecurity Europe 2021 virtual keynote speech.
The REvil ransomware operation behind the massive attack centering on Kaseya, which develops software used by managed service providers, has offered to decrypt all victims - MSPs as well as their customers - for $70 million in bitcoins. Experts note this isn't the first time REvil has hit MSPs, or even Kaseya.