Police in Germany say a 20-year-old student has confessed to stealing and leaking personal details from 1,000 German politicians, celebrities and journalists, allegedly after bragging about the crime. More advanced attackers rarely make so much noise.
German police arrested a 20-year-old student - living at home with his parents - who they say confessed to leaking contact details and sensitive information for an estimated 1,000 German celebrities, journalists and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The recent Black Hat Europe conference in London touched on topics ranging from combating "deep fake" videos and information security career challenges to hands-on lock-picking tutorials and the dearth of research proposals centered on deception technology.
The Trump administration has launched a public awareness campaign, spearheaded by the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, urging the U.S. private sector to better defend itself against nation-state hackers and others who may be trying to steal their sensitive data or wage supply chain attacks.
Marriott International's digital forensic investigation now counts not 500 million but an "upper limit" of 383 million customers affected by the four-year mega-breach of its Starwood reservations system. The hotel giant now says the breach also exposed more than 5 million unencrypted passport numbers.
Hundreds of members of the German parliament, Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as numerous local celebrities have had their personal details and communications stolen and leaked online as part of what authorities are calling an attack on the country's democracy and institutions.
In this edition of the ISMG Security Report, former federal CISO Gregory Touhill explains why a zero-trust security model is essential, and Ron Ross of NIST describes initiatives to protect critical infrastructure from IoT vulnerabilities.
Personal information for 1,000 North Korean defectors, including their names and addresses, has been stolen via a malware attack, officials in South Korea warn. They've traced the leak to a malware infection at a refugee resettlement center, and say police continue to investigate.
Digital steganography is the practice of hiding information in plain sight, especially inside other data or images. And a new toolset, which debuted earlier this month at the Black Hat Europe conference, suggests steganography is going to get much more difficult to spot.
In an increasingly complex world of interconnected information systems and devices, more must be done to protect critical infrastructure, says Ron Ross of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Web portals designed to provide convenient service to consumers can pose substantial security risks, as numerous breaches in recent years have clearly illustrated. What steps can be taken to reduce those risks?
Facebook violated consumer protection law by failing to protect personal data that consumers thought they'd locked down, the District of Columbia alleges in a new lawsuit. Plus, Facebook is disputing a New York Times report that it ignored privacy settings and shared data with large companies without consent.