The online advertising industry has a malware problem that, in part, has driven increased use of ad-blocking software. It's facing a complicated task: Clean up the security problems or face possible regulation.
We were promised flying cars. Instead, we get malware-infected CCTVs serving as remote launch pads for digital attacks that help criminals earn cryptocurrency by crashing large parts of the internet. But new defenses offer promise for blunting such attacks.
On the heels of the massive DDoS attack that disrupted DNS services provided by Dyn, Singaporean ISP StarHub's DNS services were likewise targeted. The ISP has blamed customer-owned IoT devices for the attack, but it has not named the malware involved.
The malware-infected IoT army that disrupted domain name server provider Dyn was composed of, at most, 100,000 devices, the company estimates in an after-action report. But claims that the attacks peaked at 1.2 Tbps remain unconfirmed.
Internet of things security takeaway: Save yourself, and by doing so, maybe help save the rest of us too. That's the obvious takeaway from the rise of low-tech, high-impact Mirai malware, which has been tied to the record-setting Oct. 21 DDoS attack against Dyn.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai has promised to replace or patch some IoT components that attackers are using to build massive internet of things Mirai botnets to wage DDoS attacks, such as the Oct. 21 disruption of DNS provider Dyn. But security experts question whether these moves will blunt future IoT attacks.
There are two Yahoo conspiracy theories: It was hacked by a "state-sponsored actor," and it disabled email forwarding to prevent a post-breach exodus. Although neither scenario appears to be true, that doesn't mean the badly breached search giant is in the clear.
Massive DDoS attacks, targeting DNS provider Dyn, have triggered widespread internet disruptions. Security intelligence firm Flashpoint says the attacks have been perpetrated at least in part via a botnet of Mirai-infected internet of things devices.
Authorities say Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin stole credentials from a LinkedIn employee and used them to breach the social networking firm in 2012, in which well over 100 million members' passwords were exposed.
Some 3.2 million Indian debit cards may have been compromised, according to the National Payments Council of India. While investigations are ongoing and several banks have reissued at-risk cards, the source of the card exposure has not been officially confirmed.
Former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin III., who is accused of pilfering mass quantities of highly classified information, will remain in jail until his trial. Martin engaged in "a course of felonious conduct that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale," prosecutors say.
When it comes to describing the top fraud threats to UK financial institutions, it's all about compromised identities and credentials, says John Marsden of Equifax. How can organisations prove their customers are who they say they are?
WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange's interference in the U.S. elections has earned the Ecuadorian embassy in London's houseguest a slap on the wrist as his internet connection gets taken away. In the interim, maybe he can take up knitting?