Researchers at RiskAnalytics have watched a botnet of compromised computers in the Ukraine and Russia become a growing hive of criminal activity, playing a role in everything from ransomware and click fraud to spam bots and stolen payment card marketplaces.
Dropbox is keeping a close eye on the latest news reports of big-name, big-data breaches, but says the reported hackers are bluffing when claiming to have compromised and obtained the web storage service's data.
The scale of the global IT security skills crisis is well documented. But what is its direct impact on cybersecurity with the government agencies of Washington, D.C.? Dan Waddell of (ISC)² discusses the problem - and a new way to address it.
Cybercrime continues to be incredibly lucrative. Yet many of the techniques being wielded by connected criminals aren't new, said security expert Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure in a keynote speech at this week's Infosec Europe conference in London.
Akamai warns of a rash of less sophisticated attempts to extort companies by threatening to strike with distributed denial-of-service attacks, which can be expensive for organizations to defend against.
Many organizations still fail to practice smart web security, warns penetration testing expert Ilia Kolochenko, who notes that 23 percent of all websites still use SSL version 3, despite it leaving them at risk from POODLE and BEAST attacks.
This ISMG Security Report features a discussion of the impact on the global financial services industry of the SWIFT-related theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank and similar thefts. You'll also hear reports on making IT systems more trustable and national governments' spending on cybersecurity.
NIST plans next year to clarify certain provisions in its cybersecurity framework. "Just to be clear, we're not headed toward a version 2.0 right now," Program Manager Matt Barrett explains in an interview. "We're headed to something that's more like a 1.1."
Europe's biggest annual information security conference returns to London this week. Here's my pick of the top Infosec Europe sessions, with topics ranging from cybercrime and incident response to EU regulations and the Internet of Things.
Asking how many different technologies consumers will tolerate when it comes to paying for their goods and services is a bit like asking how many more superheroes moviegoers will countenance in the latest "Avengers" film.
Is SWIFT now playing good cop/bad cop? While it initially promised to not police the financial services industry, it's now considering training auditors and suspending banks found to have poor information security practices.
ISMG editors, in a special report, examine the status of data breach notification laws in a number of regions, including the European Union, which this past week implemented the General Data Protection Regulation, although enforcement won't take place for two years.
Don't blame a lack of information security standards, security products or cybersecurity competence for the failure of breach defenses. In many cases, the culprit is design and implementation flaws in IT products, Robert Bigman, former CIO at the CIA, contends.