The section chief of the FBI's Cyber Division says "the FBI does not condone payment of ransom," in part because it enables criminals to victimize others. Instead, the bureau continues to urge all potential victims to get their IT house in order.
Have you tested things before they break? Could an email be a trap? In honor of Star Wars Day, we proudly present essential cybersecurity lessons as derived from - and delivered via - the wisdom and wit of the iconic space opera.
Following the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank, is it time for banks to make SWIFT money transfers less automated and better supervised and thus secure? An alleged scam from the days of telex machines and code books offers useful perspective.
Within the next 20 years, quantum computing could be applied to easily crack current approaches to cryptography, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which already is beginning work on new approaches to encryption that can withstand the power of quantum computing.
The Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations report finds malware, ransomware and phishing attacks are more common than ever and creating even more damage. Organizations are continuing to get exploited via vulnerabilities that are months or even years old, forensics expert Laurance Dine explains in this interview.
Five new payment card data security requirements for third-party service providers are among the most significant changes included in version 3.2 of the PCI Data Security Standard released April 28, says Troy Leach of the PCI Security Standards Council.
The most important lesson from the lawsuit electronic health records vendor Epic Systems filed against Tata Consultancy Services is that data security controls must extend beyond protecting personally identifiable information to include intellectual property, attorney Ron Raether explains in this audio report.
Qatar National Bank has suffered a massive breach involving 1.4 GB of sensitive internal files being dumped online by unknown attackers. Experts say customers' records, access credentials and payment card data have been exposed.
The U.S. government is actively disrupting - rather than just monitoring - computer systems, networks and communications technologies used by the jihadi fighters known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, according to a news report.
Like last year's breach of the online dating site Ashley Madison - tagline: "Life is Short. Have an Affair." - this year's release of the "Panama Papers" is holding individuals accountable for actions which, if not always illegal, in many cases appear to have at least been unethical.
Prosecutors have expanded a complex case, involving an alleged pump-and-dump stock scheme, hacking into U.S. banks and operating an unlicensed bitcoin exchange, to include money-laundering charges related to processing bitcoin ransoms paid by ransomware victims.
Two of the hacker masterminds behind the notorious SpyEye malware have each received lengthy prison sentences after pleading guilty to related charges in U.S. federal court. But alleged Zeus creator and accomplice Evginy Bogachev remains at large.
Epic Systems' successful lawsuit against India's Tata Consultancy Services raises many security questions. For example, why did Epic find out about the allegedly inappropriate downloading of trade secrets from an external whistleblower, rather than as a result of internal detection efforts?