The cybersecurity epitaph of the fired FBI director could read: "He showed courage to take on Apple." Comey publicly battled Apple CEO Tim Cook over unlocking the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, becoming the face of the proponents who seek ways to bypass encryption on mobile devices.
Hot sessions at this week's OWASP AppSec Europe 2017 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, cover everything from the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and fostering better SecDevOps uptake, to quantum-computing resistant crypto and ransomware economics.
Reporting software vulnerabilities can be legally dicey, particularly if the affected company has not previously had contact with computer security researchers. A Sydney consultant recently experienced both ends of the spectrum while investigating building management software.
The critical Active Management Technology flaw in many Intel chipsets' firmware can be remotely exploited using any password - or even no password at all - to gain full access to a system, security researchers warn. Numerous systems and even ATMs will require forthcoming firmware fixes.
The latest draft version of the Trump administration's cybersecurity executive order is similar to the previous version and lays out a plan to secure U.S. federal government and critical infrastructure IT that could have come out of the Obama White House.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning IT service providers, healthcare organizations and three other business sectors about a sophisticated cyberattack campaign that involves using stolen administrative credentials and implanting malware on critical systems.
Hackers have reportedly exploited the SS7 mobile telecommunications signaling protocol to drain money from online bank accounts used by O2 mobile phone subscribers. Despite rising security worries relating to SS7, many telcos have yet to explore related fixes.
Organizations have more endpoints today than ever, and securing those endpoints is challenging, because it's rare that any one organization is responsible for all the endpoints that touch its network and servers, says Mike Spanbauer, vice president of research and strategy at NSS Labs.
Score another one for social engineering: A phishing campaign used a bogus "Google Docs" app to trick people into surrendering full access to their Google accounts and contacts. Before Google squashed the campaign, up to 1 million of its users may have fallen victim.
Travel industry software giant Sabre has alerted hotels that its software-as-a-service SynXis Central Reservations system - used by more than 36,000 properties - was breached and payment card data and customers' personal details may have been stolen.
The figure sounds alarming, 60 percent of small companies went belly up within six months of a breach. And that stat was repeated several times by lawmakers as a House panel debated - and approved - a bill aimed at helping small businesses battle hackers. But is that number true?
IBM and Lenovo have issued a security alert, warning that they inadvertently shipped malware-infected USB flash drives to some customers who use their Storwize hardware. The malware, known as Reconyc, is designed to install additional attack code on infected endpoints.
Make sure your Amazon S3 buckets have no holes. A California vehicle financing company has learned the hard way after exposing up to 1 million records online related to auto loan holders, according to a researcher's report.
Chipmaker Intel has issued a security alert for a flaw that has existed in many of its non-consumer CPUs for a decade. The flaw could be remotely exploited by attackers, using Intel's own remote-management tools, to access devices, install malware and breach networks.