A report that the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist was linked to customized malware has raised questions about the security of SWIFT transactions. But the more critical issue, fraud experts say, is the need for banks to have proper security controls in place to detect and prevent network intrusions.
The U.S. government is actively disrupting - rather than just monitoring - computer systems, networks and communications technologies used by the jihadi fighters known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, according to a news report.
The online heist of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank involved custom malware that hacked the database used by the bank's SWIFT software, allowing attackers to transfer money and hide their tracks, according to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. SWIFT will issue software updates and security guidance to all customers.
Like last year's breach of the online dating site Ashley Madison - tagline: "Life is Short. Have an Affair." - this year's release of the "Panama Papers" is holding individuals accountable for actions which, if not always illegal, in many cases appear to have at least been unethical.
Prosecutors have expanded a complex case, involving an alleged pump-and-dump stock scheme, hacking into U.S. banks and operating an unlicensed bitcoin exchange, to include money-laundering charges related to processing bitcoin ransoms paid by ransomware victims.
Two of the hacker masterminds behind the notorious SpyEye malware have each received lengthy prison sentences after pleading guilty to related charges in U.S. federal court. But alleged Zeus creator and accomplice Evginy Bogachev remains at large.
Epic Systems' successful lawsuit against India's Tata Consultancy Services raises many security questions. For example, why did Epic find out about the allegedly inappropriate downloading of trade secrets from an external whistleblower, rather than as a result of internal detection efforts?
"Internet of Things" developers must think about how attackers might attempt to exploit a device, and why, and then write code designed to block such attacks, says Charles Henderson, IBM's global head of security testing and threats.
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?
Are you making the most of all the intelligence available to you today? What are the practical aspects of plugging abstract threat intelligence into your specific business use cases? Deloitte's Parthasarathy shares deeper insight.
Attackers have been exploiting JBoss application servers to install remote-control web shells as part of a campaign that targets enterprises with network-hopping SamSam (a.k.a. Samas) ransomware, researchers at Cisco Talos warn.
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.
Russian authorities have reportedly sentenced Dmitry "Paunch" Fedotov, the developer of the notorious Blackhole exploit kit that's been linked to large amounts of fraud, to seven years in prison - an unusually severe sentence for online crime in that nation.
Enacting legislation to compel tech companies to help law enforcement decrypt data on mobile devices would diminish America's standing as a moral leader in the world, a nation looked up to by billions of people, even with our many flaws.