Experts have long warned that bitcoin is not as private as it appears. The very design of bitcoin, as well as some other virtual currencies, can lend a surprising amount of information about the groups using it to transact. In fact, it's sometimes easier to track than if criminals used the banking system.
The annual Infosecurity Europe conference returns to London this week, with a focus on the latest cybersecurity trends and essential practices for organizations. Hot topics range from artificial intelligence and breach response to GDPR and battling cybercriminals and nation-states.
Late last year in Australia, cybercriminals began targeting a fertile yet relatively poorly protected business sector for so-called business email compromise scams: the real estate industry. One expert says the industry, highly dependent on email, is ill-prepared for the attacks.
Hackers have reportedly demanded a ransom from Bank of Montreal and Simplii Financial in exchange for not dumping 90,000 customers' account details on a fraud forum. The FBI says online extortion and ransomware remain the top two types of cybercrime it's seeing today.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Cybersecurity expert Brian Honan provides insights on why organizations that are not yet compliant with GDPR need to focus on several key steps. Also: An assessment of the progress women are making in building careers in information security.
Russian software firm Kaspersky Lab has been dealt a setback in its effort to overcome the U.S. government's ban on use of the firm's anti-virus software on federal systems. A judge has dismissed the firm's two lawsuits seeking to have the ban lifted.
Two of Canada's biggest banks are investigating claims by "fraudsters" that they accessed their customers' data. At risk: 50,000 Bank of Montreal customers and 40,000 Simplii Financial customers. Both banks say they've alerted potentially affected customers and plan to cover any losses.
Canadian citizen Karim Baratov has been sentenced to serve five years in U.S. federal prison after he admitted to hacking and identity theft charges connected to his working as "hacker for hire" for alleged Russian FSB officers, who have been tied to a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo.
A group of cybercriminals known for their persistence and precision in executing attacks against banks' ATMs and card processing infrastructures has regrouped despite the arrest of their alleged leader.
Calling Grant West "a one man cybercrime wave," a British judge sentenced him to serve more than 10 years in prison after he admitted to hacking into businesses, spoofing 100 organizations via phishing campaigns and earning profits in bitcoins from the sale of stolen personal details.
File-less malware is a huge security challenge for organizations today, and traditional email security controls aren't sufficient to meet the challenge. Burke Long of Lastline offers insight on a new way to approach email security.
To judge by the flood of GDPR-themed email hitting inboxes, Europe's privacy law has been designed to ensure that you say "yes" to companies that monetize the buying and selling of your personal details, regardless of whether you remember ever having done business with them before.
A swift FBI sinkhole blunted an apparently imminent attack against Ukraine via "VPN Filter" malware, which has infected more than 500,000 routers. But mass router compromises will continue so long as manufacturers fail to build in easy or automated patching and updating, security experts warn.
At least 500,000 routers, mostly located in Ukraine, have been infected with "VPN Filter" malware that experts believe is a prelude to a massive cyberattack. But the FBI has sinkholed the control domain for the router botnet, which should help contain the potential damage.