The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report digs into the WhatsApp flaw that paved the way for spyware installation. Also: Microsoft patches old operating systems and a 'virtual CISO' sizes up security challenges.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a long-expected executive order that bans the purchase of telecommunication equipment from nations deemed to pose a spying risk. Also, Huawei was banned by the Commerce Department from buying U.S. components without obtaining a license first.
European privacy authorities have received nearly 65,000 data breach notifications since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018. Privacy regulators have also imposed at least $63 million in GDPR fines.
Newly discovered microarchitectural data sampling flaws in Intel processors - collectively dubbed "ZombieLoad" - could be exploited to steal private data from PCs and servers, including shared cloud environments. Intel, Microsoft, Apple and others have begun to ship patches designed to help mitigate the problems.
Microsoft has taken the extraordinary step of issuing patches for its old XP, Windows 2003, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. The problem is an easy-to-exploit Remote Desktop Services vulnerability that could be turned into a worm.
Fast Retailing, the parent company of several of Japan's biggest retail clothing chains, is warning customers of an attack that exposed email addresses and partial credit card information of more than 460,000 of the company's customers. The attackers apparently used credential stuffing techniques.
Facebook is warning users of its WhatsApp messaging app to update immediately to fix a flaw that is being used to remotely install Pegasus surveillance software from Israel's NSO Group. WhatsApp says a "select number" of targets were hit by the attacks, which it has blamed on "an advanced cyber actor."
Researchers report finding a vexing vulnerability in Cisco routers that could invisibly undermine device integrity and allow attackers to take full control of a router, if combined with a second exploit. Unfortunately, hardware design flaws could complicate Cisco's efforts to safeguard users.
Serving as a "virtual CISO" offers advantages as well as challenges, says Doug Copley, who's a CISO contractor for several healthcare sector entities. He shares insights on this unusual job opportunity.
Attackers exploiting a buffer overflow in WhatsApp's signaling software to automatically infect devices with malware - without users even having to answer their phone - and then alter call logs to hide attack traces is "a bit of a nightmare scenario," says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
The indictment of two Chinese men for a 2014 cyberattack on health insurer Anthem that compromised information on nearly 80 million individuals contains extensive details about the incident that security professionals can use to help with their breach prevention strategies.
Equifax has reported a loss in its latest quarter due to ongoing incident response, legal, investigative and corporate information security overhaul costs resulting from its 2017 data breach. The credit reporting giant says that so far, it's spent $1.4 billion as a result of the massive breach.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have issued a joint warning about new malware called "Electricfish." Investigators suspect it was developed by the advanced persistent threat group Hidden Cobra, which has been linked to North Korea.
Two Chinese men have been indicted on charges related to the breach of health insurer Anthem, which saw the personal information of 78.8 million individuals stolen, as well as attacks against three other large U.S. companies.
In a surprise turn of events, Symantec's CEO, Greg Clark, resigned on Thursday, the same day that the company reported that it had missed earnings estimates. The value of the anti-virus company's stock dropped almost 13 percent on Friday.