The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses new combination ransomware and doxing attacks. Plus, Twitter drops phone numbers in 2FA, and why we need to consider quantum cryptography today.
Victims of a massive 2018 Facebook data breach can continue a class-action lawsuit to try and force the social network to maintain "reasonable" information security practices, a federal judge has ruled. But he dismissed the plaintiff's attempt to receive monetary compensation for the breach.
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit says hackers have stolen $49 million worth of ethereum, in what is the year's seventh major cryptocurrency heist. Much of the $158 million stolen so far this year is likely fueling the North Korean regime's appetite for luxury goods and weapons of mass destruction.
The Australian government's digital health records program manages risk and privacy relatively well, according to a new audit, but there's room for improvement in third-party risk management and emergency access to sensitive health records.
The FCC voted unanimously Friday to ban telecommunications companies from using FCC funds to buy equipment from Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE because they pose a "national security threat." Also under consideration is a plan to rip and replace equipment from the firms.
Some 4 terabytes of data on over 1.2 billion individuals - including LinkedIn and Facebook profiles - was exposed to the internet on an unsecured Elasticsearch server, according to an analysis by a pair of independent researchers.
Ransomware attacks have taken an unwelcome turn: The Maze gang reportedly has begun leaking a victim's files to create pressure to pay a ransom. Security experts say they're not surprised by this development, but note that given the different skills required, such tactics may not become widespread.
Twitter users no longer have to supply a phone number in order to use two-step verification for authentication. The move will better protect accounts from SIM hijacking attempts and also means users don't have to sacrifice some of their privacy to enable a security feature.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest ransomware trends. Also featured: Discussions of Microsoft's move to DNS over HTTPS and strategies for tackling IoT security challenges.
Doppelpaymer ransomware, despite ongoing rumors, is not being spread via the Teams collaboration platform or BlueKeep remote desktop protocol flaws, Microsoft says. But it warns that the damaging crypto-locking code is being spread via stolen Active Directory administrator credentials.
Microsoft has outlined its plans for supporting the encryption of Domain Name System queries, which allows for more private internet browsing. The first step will be to upgrade connections to DNS over HTTPS, but allow admins to control DNS settings.
While IoT devices are entering enterprises at a rapid pace, the security practices around them are as much as 20 years behind those for enterprise computing, says Sean Peasley of Deloitte, who outlines steps organizations can take to ensure safe IoT computing.
The Australian Parliament's computer network was compromised in January after politicians browsed a legitimate website that was compromised. The watering-hole style attack resulted in a small amount of non-sensitive data being revealed, according to the leader of the Senate.
Why try to hack Silicon Valley firms if you can buy off their employees instead? Such allegations are at the heart of a criminal complaint unsealed last week by the Justice Department, charging former Twitter employees with being Saudi agents. Experts say tech firms must hunt for employees gone rogue.