Obviously, ransomware attackers have no scruples. But the latest attacks go to even further extremes, channeling everything from Hitler to cats, as attackers hone their attempts to shake down Windows and Android users alike.
Imagine the security implications of a world in which millions of people have a physical impairment that leaves them internet-connected. Say hello to the promise - and peril - of internet-connected hearing aids, says Global Cyber Alliance's Phil Reitinger.
Scuffles between anti-virus software vendors have stepped up a notch, with startups and industry stalwarts slinging mud at each other. Cylance now says it plans to make its product available for tests used to benchmark security software.
The Petya ransomware gang says it released 3,500 crypto keys that it stole - along with source code - from rival Chimera ransomware developers. If the keys are legitimate, security firms say they can build decryption tools for Chimera victims.
At the Black Hat event in Las Vegas later this month, researchers plan to reveal vulnerabilities in hooking engines, a critical component of security software and other applications, including Microsoft Office.
The release this week by the PCI Security Standards Council of a new PCI compliance resource for small merchants is being lauded by the banking and payments community. But how effective will the resource be at actually convincing merchants to move forward with PCI compliance?
Interbank messaging service SWIFT will begin collecting and sharing anonymized attack information and offering incident-response services - backed by Fox-IT and BAE Systems - to help hacked banks. But will financial institutions buy in?
Would access to better information pertaining to encryption help Congress pass good crypto-related laws? That's the impetus behind a "Digital Security Commission" and a related report being hawked by some lawmakers.
For its next move since jettisoning storage firm Veritas and becoming a pure-play security vendor, Symantec plans to buy network and cloud security firm Blue Coat from private-equity owners Bain Capital for $4.65 billion, gaining a new CEO in the process.
Collaboration, information sharing and a need to keep security discussions real and grounded are just some of the themes that were reinforced by speakers and attendees at the ISMG Data Breach and Fraud Prevention Summit in Mumbai.
ISMG's upcoming Data Breach & Fraud Prevention Summit Asia 2016 in Mumbai will focus on the latest fraud techniques and technologies, as industry thought leaders take us through new approaches to tackle breaches as well as today's top schemes and solutions to stop them.
With hack attacks continuing against banks, SWIFT must follow in the footsteps of other vendors - notably Microsoft - and begin offering detailed, prescriptive security guidance to its users, says Doug Gourlay of Skyport Systems.
Ransomware, regulations, botnets, information sharing and policing strategies were just some of the topics that dominated the "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" hosted by Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.
In the face of rapidly emerging new technologies and eco-systems, such as the Internet of Things and Smart Nation, Singapore has issued new cloud outage incident response guidelines. Security leaders react to the core recommendations.
Anonymous, which launched a DDoS attack on Bank of Greece's website and those of several other banks, plans to attack top banks from Southeast Asia. Can Indian banks deflect such attacks with adequate DDoS defences?