Warning: Attackers are abusing poorly secured and managed implementations of Microsoft Windows Active Directory to hack organizations and distribute ransomware. Fewer old operating systems and greater Active Directory security knowledge are helping mitigate the threat. But experts say more must be done.
FIN8, a hacker group that targeted POS devices in the hospitality and retail sectors, is back on the scene with new malware, including the Badhatch backdoor that's designed to steal payment card data, according to researchers with Gigamon's threat detection unit.
A recent spate of attacks targeting domain name system protocols and registrars, including several incidents that researchers believe have ties to nation-state espionage, is prompting the U.S. and U.K. governments to issues warnings and policy updates to improve security.
Misconfigured file storage technologies and a lack of basic security controls are the root causes for the inadvertent online exposure of 2.3 billion files worldwide that contain personal information, including sensitive medical data, says Harrison Van Riper, a security researcher at Digital Shadows.
Weeks after Microsoft issued a patch for the BlueKeep vulnerability, which threatens devices running older versions of Windows, many organizations worldwide have yet to install patches despite alerts from the software giant, government agencies and cybersecurity companies, according to researchers at BitSight.
Fraudsters continue to get new tricks up their sleeves. Criminals are increasingly using Apple Pay, setting up mobile call centers to socially engineer victims as well as tricking consumers via fake e-commerce sites that never fulfill orders, fraud-fighting experts warn.
Security researchers have found yet another unsecured database that left personal data exposed to the internet. In this latest case, a MongoDB database containing about 188 million records, mostly culled from websites and search engines, was exposed, researchers say.
Researchers at the security firm Tenable uncovered a vulnerability in a Siemens software platform used to manage industrial control systems, and Siemens has issued a patch. The same platform was exploited during the Stuxnet attack a decade ago.
Sophos is the latest security firm to create a proof-of-concept exploit for the BlueKeep vulnerability in older versions of Windows. The company echoed several government agencies that have urged businesses to patch their devices.
Cloudflare was unsparing in its criticism of Verizon over a BGP snafu that hampered 15 percent of its global traffic, as well as traffic of Amazon and Google. Verizon's error underscores that much heavy lifting remains to make critical internet infrastructure secure.
Hackers have repeatedly stolen valuable data - including launch codes and flight trajectories for spacecraft - from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in recent years, according to a new inspector general audit, which describes weak security practices.
Bug bounty myths: All such programs must be public, run nonstop, pay cash to bug-spotters and allow anyone to join. But HackerOne's Laurie Mercer says such programs often run as private, invitation-only and time-limited endeavors, sometimes offering only swag or public recognition.
A security researcher has posted a demonstration showing how an attacker could exploit the BlueKeep vulnerability to take over a Windows device in a matter of seconds. Meanwhile, the NSA has joined Microsoft in urging users to patch devices before an attacker takes advantage of this vulnerability.
Microsoft has taken the unusual step of issuing a second warning about BlueKeep, a vulnerability that, if left unpatched, could allow an attacker to use a worm-like exploit to take over devices running older Windows operating systems. Security researchers warn that exploits are coming.
A security researcher warns that nearly 1 million devices running older versions of Microsoft Windows remain vulnerable to a recently discovered flaw in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol service that could enable attackers to use a worm-like exploit to take over unpatched machines.