The Trump administration has eliminated the top cybersecurity coordinator role in the White House. The decision has earned a sharp rebuke from lawmakers and former government officials, who say cybersecurity demands a greater - not lesser - prominence in the federal government.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge, via a myPersonality test on Facebook, reportedly used data from 3 million users to power a spin-off company that delivered targeted advertising services. Facebook says the app is one of 200 that it's suspended for suspicious data handling practices.
Speech recognition software vendor Nuance Communications says an unauthorized third party accessed one of its medical transcription platforms, exposing records for 45,000 people. The company has blamed the breach on a former employee, who accessed personal data from several of Nuance's clients.
Chili's Grill & Bar is warning customers that an unknown number of payment cards were compromised at an unknown number of corporate-owned locations earlier this year for a period of time it suspects lasted two months. Should Chili's have waited to alert customers until it had more information?
As recent breaches attest, today's approaches to cybersecurity are insufficient. Kim DeCarlis of Gigamon offers her views on what organizations must do differently to ensure stronger cybersecurity postures.
With the rise of P2P payment networks and the U.S. working toward a real-time national payments network, the push is on to battle fraudsters. Also, attackers are hacking legitimate websites to more stealthily distribute "Gandcrab" crypto-locking ransomware.
The Gandcrab ransomware has been a moving target. Since it was discovered in January, it quickly became one of the most widely distributed file-encrypting malware programs. Researchers with Cisco say they've now found it seeded within legitimate websites, making its spread tougher to stop.
Adequately tracking the nonstop arrival and departure of officials in the Trump White House might require real-time, multidimensional flowcharts. But one thing is clear: The White House is facing a looming cybersecurity knowledge and expertise deficit, and that deficit may soon get worse.
Security alert: Microsoft has issued updates to fix 67 unique flaws in its products. One vulnerability in Windows VBScript engine is already being actively exploited in the wild via malicious Word documents and could also be employed for attacks via websites and malvertising, Microsoft warns.
Spectre and Meltdown: It's déjà vu all over again as Intel is reportedly prepping a coordinated vulnerability disclosure announcement for eight new speculative execution flaws. One of the new flaws is apparently worse than any of the three Spectre/Meltdown variants that came to light in January.
Equifax says it continues to field queries from U.S. lawmakers about the full extent of its massive 2017 data breach, which occurred after an attacker exploited its unpatched Apache Struts web application. Research finds that many more organizations are using unpatched Struts applications.