The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses "Orwellian" surveillance activity in 2020 via the ToTok app. Also featured: the controversy over enabling law enforcement to circumvent encryption; the cyberattack risks posed by IoT devices.
Nearly 16,000 malware-infected MicroTik routers in Southeast Asia have been scrubbed of Coinhive cryptojacking code, which mines for monero, thanks to an international police operation. Globally, however, 26,000 MicroTik routers reportedly remain infected with the stealth monero-mining code.
The FBI has sent a letter to Apple asking for help in accessing encrypted data from two iPhones belonging to a deceased shooter. The bureau's move may be a prelude to another legal fight between the FBI and Apple over strong encryption.
Not even George Orwell could have predicted nation-state surveillance in the 21st century. Give us free instant messaging for our smartphones, and faster than you can say "viral kitten video," we're collectively part of a mass surveillance nightmare. Case in point: The ToTok social messaging app.
Protecting enterprise networks from attackers boils down to the same thing: Unless organizations get the basics right, they're sitting ducks. That's a top takeaway from experts warning that Iran will likely retaliate with cyberattacks after one of its senior military leaders was killed by a U.S. drone strike.
Following the U.S. killing of Iran's Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week, security experts have warned of possible retaliatory cyber strikes. Tom Kellermann of VMware believes those attacks are imminent. "The period of mourning is over, and I think the holy war in American cyberspace is yet to begin."
Microsoft has taken control of 50 domains that the company says were used by a hacking group with ties to North Korea. The attackers used these sites to launch spear-phishing attacks against specific victims and spread malware.
A persistent question over the past several years is which managed service providers were affected by APT10, a tenacious Chinese hacking group. But a Wall Street Journal investigation on Monday has revealed new companies affected by Cloud Hopper attacks.
Human error looks to be the obvious culprit in an accidental data breach by Britain's Cabinet Office, which published the home addresses of celebrities such as Elton John and Olivia Newton-John when it released a list of individuals set to be recognized for their contributions to British society.
"Zero Trust" security is rapidly transitioning from a marketing buzzword to a practical methodology for protecting today's global networks. Stan Lowe, global CISO of Zscaler, shares his 2020 vision for zero trust.
The cybersecurity outlook for 2020 and the new decade will be characterized by more advanced, targeted and coordinated attack vectors designed to exploit the cybersecurity skills shortage, along with congenitally poor security fundamentals and hygiene.
While CCPA has drawn the biggest headlines when it comes to new U.S. privacy laws, businesses and consumers should also take notice of New York's SHIELD Act, which goes into effect in March 2020. The law is expected to have impact on Wall Street firms and other financial institutions headquartered in the state.