Asking how many different technologies consumers will tolerate when it comes to paying for their goods and services is a bit like asking how many more superheroes moviegoers will countenance in the latest "Avengers" film.
In the wake of reports that 65 million stolen credentials from micro-blogging platform Tumblr have surfaced online, following 117 million LinkedIn credentials, it's clear that 2016 is fast becoming the year of what one security expert dubs "historical mega breaches."
As Europe counts down to implementing its General Data Protection Regulation, which will require EU-wide data breach notifications for the first time, similar efforts to enact a single federal law in the United States remain stalled.
LinkedIn failed to force all users to reset their passwords after a 2012 breach of at least 6.5 million credentials came to light. But it turns out the breach actually compromised 167 million accounts. Whoops.
The Swiss government says that online attackers used a variant of "Turla" malware - previously tied to campaigns with suspected Russian intelligence ties - to steal at least 23 GB of sensitive information from state-owned defense firm RUAG.
With hack attacks continuing against banks, SWIFT must follow in the footsteps of other vendors - notably Microsoft - and begin offering detailed, prescriptive security guidance to its users, says Doug Gourlay of Skyport Systems.
Ransomware, regulations, botnets, information sharing and policing strategies were just some of the topics that dominated the "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" hosted by Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.
Vietnam's TPBank says it successfully foiled more than $1 million in fraudulent transfer requests apparently initiated by the same hackers who targeted Bangladesh Bank and other SWIFT-using institutions with PDF reader malware.
The FFIEC has released detailed security guidance for mobile banking and payments that its examiners will now use in their assessments of financial institutions. Banking security experts offer a critique.
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has apparently been hacked, and its data has been dumped online by the Bozkurtlar hacking group that has leaked data from seven other banks in the Middle East and South Asia since April 26.
The theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank was "part of a wider and highly adaptive campaign targeting banks," SWIFT warns its 11,000 customers. Investigators say signs point to the same attackers having hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014.
Amidst finger-pointing over responsibility for the $81 million online theft from Bangladesh Bank, SWIFT has issued its first-ever information security guidance to banks, telling them that they're responsible for securing their own systems.
Close on the heels of the QNB leak, the same attackers have published data that appears to be from UAE-based InvestBank. The dump appears to contain payment card data, as well as a large number of sensitive, internal files relating to the bank's employees and systems.