What could be worse than a ransomware infection? How about getting infected by "torture ransomware" that uses a sadistic puppet to taunt you, slowly deleting your encrypted files while increasing the ransom demand until you pay?
Apple's QuickTime media player and web browser plug-in should be immediately expunged from all Windows systems, security experts warn, in a reminder of the dangers of using outdated software - especially web browser plug-ins.
The scant - if not conflicting - details and sourcing attached to a recent news report on how the FBI cracked an iPhone 5c have left information security experts questioning both technical details and related agendas.
The continuing success of attackers stealing billions of dollars from organizations, often through simple business email compromise scams, is a sad commentary on the state of corporate security practices as well as our collective lack of cybersecurity smarts.
Tools and techniques need to be identified to aid law enforcement in gathering evidence from devices, such as smartphones, while safeguarding the security and privacy of individuals. Can stakeholders find that middle ground?
The nonstop pace of "Apple vs. FBI" updates and related crypto debates seemed to exceed both the U.S. government's and the information security industry's advanced persistent spin-cycles at this year's RSA Conference.
It's springtime in San Francisco: cue the annual RSA Conference. Here are some notable trends that have already emerged from the event, ranging from ransomware and phishing attacks to hacker self-promotion and Facebook fakery.
To the list of vulnerable, Internet-connected devices - from routers and home alarms to baby monitors and toys - now add the world's most popular electric car: the Nissan LEAF. Nissan says a full fix is forthcoming.
As a result of high-profile breaches, emerging malware threats and increased regulatory scrutiny, CISOs at financial institutions are under more pressure than ever to develop innovative strategies for enhancing cybersecurity. And the CISO's evolving role will be a hot topic at RSA Conference 2016.
Java users are being warned to only use newly released installers to avoid a nasty potential exploit. Meanwhile, a veteran bug hunter questions whether Oracle's move to ditch Java browser plug-ins will have a significant security upside.
"We never negotiate" might be the expectation whenever law enforcement or government agencies get targeted by criminals or even "cyberterrorists." But outside Hollywood, the reality too often turns out to be far less rigid.
Sometimes language barriers can be a good thing: Many malware-wielding cybercriminals have historically targeted users in North America and Europe over Japan, owing to linguistic challenges. But that's changing.