More hackers are holding data for ransom, demanding everything from bitcoins to the shutdown of nuclear reactors, under the threat of leaking sensitive information. But it's not clear how many such attacks generate revenue for attackers.
Google has warned Google Apps administrators that their private Whois contact information has been exposed. The leak affects more than 282,000 administrators, and places them at greater risk of ID theft and spam attacks, according to Cisco.
Mattel will sell a cloud-connected $75 "Hello Barbie" doll that can "listen" to what kids are saying and talk back. But security experts warn that anything that connects to the Internet can - and will - be hacked.
Although breaches affecting U.S. retailers are widely reported, Verizon's new PCI Compliance Report shows increases in the theft of payment card data and other personal information span numerous industries in all international markets.
Both Microsoft and Apple this week released patches to address the so-called "Freak" flaw in SSL/TLS. Microsoft also released a fix that addresses a failed 2010 patch for a vulnerability that was exploited by the Stuxnet malware.
During her first month on the job, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email server that lacked a digital certificate that would have ensured encrypted and authenticated email communications, surmises security firm Venafi.
When IT veteran Branden Spikes founded his own company devoted to isolating browsers from attacks, he thought building the technology would be the top challenge. The venture capital community proved him wrong.
"Align technology with businesses" is an old phrase. But information security is now part of this change, making strides to align with growth as a business enabler. Enter: the converged technology operations center.
The U.S. Justice Department has charged three men - two are in custody - for hacks against email service providers - including Epsilon - that allegedly resulted in the theft of 1 billion email addresses, many later used in massive spam campaigns.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Natural Grocers are two of the latest merchants to confirm breaches of their point-of-sale systems. Security experts analyze the impact these breaches are likely to have on issuers and cardholders.
All Windows operating systems are at risk from the SSL/TLS vulnerability known as Freak, Microsoft warns. The company has outlined temporary workarounds - except for Windows Server 2003. Experts say no in-the-wild attacks have yet been seen.
British police over the course of this week launched 25 cybercrime-targeting raids and made 57 arrests, including suspects who have been tied to a U.S. Defense Department network intrusion, Lizard Squad attacks, as well as a massive Yahoo breach.
Attacks are larger, adversaries more diverse, and damage is broader. These are characteristics of today's DDoS attacks, and organizations need a new approach to protection, says Verisign's Ramakant Pandrangi.
Weaponized roller coasters? Kidnappers hacking babycams? Forget over-the-top "CSI: Cyber" hacking plots. The hackers behind the Rogers ISP breach, in their quest for bitcoins, claim they wielded nothing more serious than a telephone call.
The CEO of Bit9 speaks from experience: His firm was hacked, sensitive data stolen and customers put at risk. And what's happened since represents his mission to fend off attackers, even as they refine their hacks.