Malware known as "Mayhem" that targets Unix and Linux systems has been updated to exploit Shellshock flaws, security experts warn. But with few Unix-flavor systems running anti-virus software, how can it be stopped?
Nearly two weeks since news of Shellshock broke, attacks that are taking advantage of the Bash vulnerabilities are grabbing headlines. But Michael Smith of Akamai warns that the battle against hackers capitalizing on Shellshock could go on for years.
The development of authentication technologies that could replace the password is "nearing a tipping point," but there's still several years of work to do, says Jeremy Grant, who oversees the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
As high-profile data breaches continue to grab headlines, demand is growing for well-trained digital forensics experts who can conduct timely investigations to determine the cause of a security incident and help identify mitigation steps.
As researchers scramble to learn more about Shellshock and the risks it poses to operating systems, servers and devices, Michael Smith of Akamai explains why not all patches are actually fixing the problem.
The automated version of the IT risk management and governance framework should save project leaders 30 to 60 hours of work over a manual process of building a secure IT system, ISACA President Robert Stroud says.
As news of the Shellshock bug continues to spread, CISOs in all sectors are taking steps to mitigate the risks posed by the vulnerability. Likewise, regulators and industry groups have ramped up dissemination of alerts.
Attackers have exploited the Shellshock vulnerability - a.k.a. Bash bug - to infect at least 700 Linux systems with malware that includes the ability to launch DDoS attacks. Users of Unix systems are vulnerable.
To mitigate the newly discovered Bash bug - AKA Shellshock - which may make millions of systems vulnerable to remote takeover, organizations must take several key steps, says security expert Alan Woodward.
Security experts are warning that millions of systems - Apache servers, Linux and Mac systems, and innumerable Internet of Things devices - may be vulnerable to a flaw in Unix that attackers are already using to gain shell access.
A researcher says he tricked the Touch ID biometric fingerprint scanner built into the new iPhone 6, using a fake fingerprint created with glue. But it remains to be seen how well would-be fraudsters could employ this technique.
Home Depot says an estimated 56 million payment cards were exposed in a data breach at its U.S. and Canadian stores. The retailer says an investigation revealed the breach involved custom-built malware not used in other cyber-attacks.
When IBM unveiled BIOS - Basic Input/Output System - in 1981 with the introduction of its personal computer, few perceived it as a security threat. But now, NIST has issued a new guide to mitigate BIOS vulnerabilities in servers.