Espionage: Every nation does it. But for nation-state hacking that targets intellectual property or interference in political affairs, the U.S. has been using criminal indictments against individuals as a diplomatic way of saying: "We see what you're doing, now knock it off." But does it work?
The FIN7 cybercrime gang regularly phoned victims, posing as buyers, to trick victims into opening phishing emails and attachments with malware, federal prosecutors allege. The group's success - 15 million stolen payment cards and counting - is one measure of how difficult these types of attacks are to block.
The cost of the city of Atlanta's mitigation and subsequent IT overhaul following a massive SamSam ransomware infection in March could reach $17 million, of which $6 million has already been budgeted for new devices, security enhancements as well as upgrades, according to news reports.
The chief security officer for the U.S. Democratic Party is recommending that all party officials avoid using mobile devices made by Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei. Bob Lord says that even if devices from those manufacturers are free or low cost, no one wants to be the next "patient zero."
Retired Brigadier General Gregory Touhill, the first CISO of the federal government, spells out what he sees as the essential steps for fighting against Russian meddling in this year's midterm elections. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit in New York Aug. 14-15.
Cloud-based CRM giant Salesforce.com is warning some of its Marketing Cloud users that any data they stored may have been accessed by third parties or inadvertently corrupted because of an API error that persisted for six weeks.
Two cybersecurity veterans detail the specific steps the Trump administration must take now if it has any hope of safeguarding the U.S. midterm elections in November against Russian interference, whether via hack attacks or social media and propaganda campaigns.
One measure of why it's so difficult for organizations to keep their software patched and better secured: Of the nearly 20,000 unique vulnerabilities in 2,000 products cataloged last year, only half involved Microsoft, Adobe, Java, Chrome or Firefox software, says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie.
Three Ukrainian men who were allegedly part of a hacking gang that stole more than 15 million payment card records from U.S. businesses, sold the data in underground markets and enabled at least $12.4 million in fraud have been arrested in Germany, Poland and Spain at the request of the U.S.
Reddit suffered a data breach in June after attackers managed to bypass its SMS-based two-factor authentication system. User data from 2007 and before was compromised. Security experts say the breach should serve as a reminder that using any two-factor authentication is better than none.
With Australia's data breach reporting law now in effect, its healthcare sector has recently reported the highest number of data breaches - a finding that is sure to intensify the already intense scrutiny of the country's controversial e-health records project.
Struggling European electronics giant Dixons Carphone says its investigation into a 2017 data breach has found that 10 million customers' personal details - up from its previous estimate of 1.2 million - were compromised. It previously reported that 5.9 million payment cards were also compromised.
A large Midwestern health network says a successful phishing campaign exposed a raft of personal and medical data stored in its email systems. The count of affected victims numbers 1.4 million, although investigators believe stealing personal data was not the attackers' goal.
The fundamentals of governance, risk and compliance are sorely lacking in too many organizations that are striving to improve cybersecurity, says Malcolm Palmore, an assistant special agent at the FBI.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features Elvis Chan, a supervisory special agent at the FBI, discussing ongoing efforts to thwart Russian interference in the U.S. midterm election this fall, and Alberto Yepez of ForgePoint Capital addressing cryptocurrency security issues.