More hackers are exploiting remote-access and network vulnerabilities, rather than installing malware to invade networks and exfiltrate data, says Dell SecureWorks' researcher Phil Burdette. That's why conventional breach-detection tools aren't catching the intrusions.
International law enforcement agencies are warning banking institutions and businesses about extortion attacks being waged by an entity known as DD4BC, or DDoS for Bitcoin. They're advising organizations not pay any ransom and to notify their ISPs and law enforcement officials of any threats.
Information security experts offer two timely Apple iOS device reminders: First, never jailbreak the devices. Second, enterprise security managers must ensure that they ruthlessly block any jailbroken devices from accessing corporate networks because they pose a security risk.
Former U.S. Secret Service agent Shaun W. Bridges has pleaded guilty to stealing $820,000 worth of bitcoins during the U.S. government's investigation into the underground narcotics marketplace known as "Silk Road."
Underground cybercrime forums continue to evolve, offering services ranging from cybercrime toolkits and money laundering to bulletproof hosting and a service that reviews exfiltrated data for corporate secrets, says cybersecurity analyst Tom Kellermann of Trend Micro.
The U.K. National Crime Agency has charged four teenagers with using the "Lizard Stresser" distributed denial-of-service tool to disrupt the websites of a national newspaper and a school, as well as gaming companies and online retailers.
The FBI has arrested a former manager at Machine Zone, which makes the multiplayer "Game of War: Fire Age," over allegations that he attempted to bargain sensitive corporate information for a better severance package.
CISOs who want to keep more cyber-attacks from succeeding should focus on decreasing the half-life of vulnerabilities, which refers to the amount of time it takes half of all systems affected by a vulnerability to get patched. That's the advice from Qualys' Wolfgang Kandek.
Breached dating site Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 reward for information relating to the attack. The FBI, which is leading the investigation, is treating the breach as a national-security matter.
Three years after hacktivists targeted U.S. banks with a series of DDoS attacks, the size and magnitude of attacks continue to grow, but they're now more likely to be designed to facilitate fraud. Here's an update on the status of banks' mitigation strategies.
The Ashley Madison hackers have released a third data dump, and security experts warn that spam campaigns and extortion attacks now target supposed users of the dating site, sometimes demanding bitcoins - or else.
To help mitigate the risk that blackmail and extortion campaigns might target employees, employers' security teams must regularly review post-breach data dumps as well ramp up enforcement of their corporate security policies, says Stephen Coty of Alert Logic.
Rand Corp.'s Martin Libicki sees circumstances in which a weaker economy could curtail Chinese cyber spying on U.S. companies. Then again, he says, the Chinese government could see spending money on hacking as an economic stimulus.