The government of India is testing a new instant messaging service for government officials to help ensure the confidentiality of official communications and prevent the leaking of sensitive information.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has unveiled a pair of draft practice guidelines that offer updated advice and best practices on how to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data in light of increasing threats from ransomware and other large-scale cyber events.
Iowa prosecutors have dropped all charges against two penetration testers who were contracted to test the electronic and physical security of three judicial facilities, only to be arrested for trespassing. The case highlights how a lack of communication before penetration tests can have serious consequences.
Scammers are blackmailing users of infidelity-focused dating site Ashley Madison using leaked data from 2015, warns security firm Vade Secure. The sextortion shakedown is a reminder that while data breaches may be a blip for corporate entities, for individual breach victims, the impact may last forever.
A federal judge has ruled that an insurer providing a "business owner's insurance policy" to a company that sustained a ransomware attack and was forced to replace most of its IT infrastructure must pay for the damages the security incident caused.
Anti-virus giant Avast is shuttering Jumpshot, its data collecting side business that has been funneling detailed internet browsing activity from the company's security products and browser extensions to marketers, after a probe by PCMag and Motherboard found the company was failing to fully anonymize data.
Will Britain's Huawei decision serve as a blueprint for other nations' 5G infrastructure rollouts? High-risk vendors, including Huawei, won't be allowed anywhere near that nation's most sensitive networks, British officials say. But the risks go beyond the threat of espionage.
The U.S. Department of the Interior this week announced that it has temporarily grounded all drone operations, except for emergencies, citing concerns over national security and cybersecurity. The agency is joining the U.S. Army and Navy in raising concerns about unmanned aircraft made in China.
Deception technologies offer a way to shift away from a purely defensive "detect and response" posture toward a more proactive offensive approach that draws stealth cyberattackers into the open before a breach.
The United Kingdom will allow "limited" use of equipment from China's Huawei for the nation's emerging 5G networks. After the Tuesday announcement, the White House and some U.S. lawmakers again expressed concerns about the global security threat posed by the use of the Chinese firm's gear.
Bad news on the ransomware front: Victims that choose to pay attackers' ransom demands - in return for the promise of a decryption tool - last quarter paid an average of $84,116, according to Coveware. But gangs wielding Ryuk and Sodinokibi - aka REvil - often demanded much more.