Drawn by the potential for low risk and high reward, criminals worldwide are increasingly pursuing online crime instead of conventional forms of property crime, such as burglary and robbery, warns cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
If the Chinese government hacked the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for espionage purposes, then the U.S. government's $133 million contract to provide ID theft monitoring services is a waste of money. Instead, the agency could have used the funds to safeguard its systems against future attacks.
Security experts trace many of the world's cybercrime attacks to Russia. But Russian authorities never extradite suspects, and they allow hackers to operate with impunity - if they play by some ground rules.
A password-cracking group claims that, because of coding errors made by Ashley Madison's developers, it has been able to recover 11.2 million users' plaintext passwords. The group believes that up to 15 million of the dating site's passwords can be easily cracked.
BlackBerry plans to buy mobile device management rival Good Technology for $425 million. BlackBerry must prep for a future in which it no longer manufactures hardware - and that's why this deal makes sense.
Mozilla, which maintains the Firefox browser, says an attacker infiltrated its bug-tracking tools, stole information on an unpatched flaw, and exploited users for at least three weeks, before the flaw was patched.
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.