Scammers behind an ongoing "sextortion" campaign have been emailing a legitimate password - likely from a publicly leaked list - to victims with a threat to release a compromising video of the recipient unless they pay up in bitcoins, Barracuda Networks warns.
A user identity management system can help improve visibility of data residing in the cloud and improve security, says Deepen Desai, a vice president at Zscaler, a cloud-based information security company.
In the wake of a breach at Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific airlines that involved unauthorized access to personal details on 9.4 million passengers, security experts are weighing in on factors that might have contributed to the incident. So far, the airline has provided only sketchy details.
British Airways has discovered that hackers compromised payment card data and personal details for 185,000 more customers than it had originally suspected and that its systems were first breached not in August, but April. The airline now counts 429,000 data breach victims.
Facebook has been slammed with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "a very serious data incident" that exposed an estimated 87 million Facebook users' personal details to political campaign influence firm Cambridge Analytica.
The Reserve Bank of India's new guidelines on interoperability of prepaid payment instruments will lead to better management of cybersecurity and security audits. But many questions are yet to be answered.
Although some global payment organizations apparently have failed to meet the Bank of India's October 15 deadline for storing all Indians' payment data domestically, the nation's central bank reportedly has ruled out extending the deadline and is demanding a status report.
Two years after Mirai botnets first appeared, security researchers say telnet-targeting botnets are attempting to compromise internet of things devices by pummeling them with 1,065 different username/password combinations. Some of these attacks are designed to install Linux DDoS malware.
India's draft data protection bill takes a "harm-based" approach rather than the preferred "rights-based" approach, argues Shashank Mohan, counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, which provides pro bono legal representation to not-for-profit developers of open source software.
Health insurer Anthem had earned HITRUST Common Security Framework certification before its mega-breach. Now that the insurer has agreed to a $16 million HIPAA settlement with federal regulators, who spelled out the company's security shortcomings, it's worth scrutinizing the value of adopting a framework.
A tale of two different ransomware victims' responses: One Connecticut city says it had little choice but to pay a ransom to restore crypto-locked systems. But a North Carolina water utility hit separately says that rather than bow to criminals' demands, it will rebuild affected systems and databases.
As companies go through a digital transformation, they need to move toward real-time risk management - and artificial intelligence can play a critical role, says David Walter, vice president of RSA Archer.
Cryptojackers and eavesdroppers are continuing to exploit a one-time zero-day flaw in unpatched MikroTik routers, despite a patch that's been available for six months as well as the actions of a vigilante "gray hat" hacker who's forcibly "fixed" 100,000 vulnerable routers.
Attention admins: If you use libSSH - one of the open-source flavors of Secure Shell, or SSH - patch now. The advice follows the disclosure of a vulnerability that one expert, Paul Ducklin of Sophos, terms "comically bad."
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.