This edition of the ISMG Security Report includes an analysis by Executive Editor Matthew J. Schwartz on President Donald Trump's changing views on election meddling, plus an update on voter data being accidently exposed by a robocalling company.
President Donald Trump has stated that he believes the Russian government attempted to interfere in U.S. elections. But at times, he appears to have also suggested that the interference may be attributable to other countries instead.
RoboCent, a company that specializes in robocalling voters, left nearly 3,000 files containing detailed data about Virginia voters online by mistake. The data has been secured, but the incident points again to ongoing problems of security misconfigurations in repositories and lack of end-to-end encryption.
A Greek court has ruled that Russian national Alexander Vinnik will be sent to France to face cybercrime charges. The U.S. has accused Vinnik of laundering $4 billion in bitcoins via the BTC-e exchange, which it said also handled stolen Mt. Gox and Silk Road bitcoins.
Why are attacks so successful? Legacy endpoint security products are creating more problems than they solve. There is too much cost and complexity, defenses aren't keeping up, and security staff is stretched thin.
Silicon Valley employees are increasingly calling on executives to restrict the use of facial recognition technology, mobilized in part by the U.S. government's previous policy of separating children from parents at the border. Experts say facial recognition regulations are needed - and quickly.
Blockchain, the digital ledger used for cryptocurrency, can serve as an effective identity management platform, asserts Chris Boscolo, CEO of ZNO Labs, who describes an approach he calls "self-sovereign identity."
Asked in a press conference if he would denounce Russia for interfering in U.S. elections, President Trump responded with a conspiracy theory about a missing DNC server. Some security experts say Trump's response was nonsense and flies in the face of good digital forensics and incident response practice.
A Spanish consumer rights organization says telecommunications company Telefónica has fixed an elementary security error in its Movistar website that potentially exposed billing invoices for millions of customers. Telefónica says it hasn't detected fraudulent use of the data.
The U.S. Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for attempting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election reveals new details about attackers' tactics - and failures - including using cryptocurrencies in an attempt to hide their tracks.
The hacking of an email account of a medical clinic employee during travels overseas demonstrates the risks posed to data when workers travel. Security experts offer insights on mitigating those risks.
Timehop, the social media app that resurfaces older social media posts for entertainment, says its ongoing investigation has revealed that an attacker may have compromised more personal information than it previously suspected over the course of a breach that lasted at least seven months.
Known losses due to business email compromise have exceeded $12.5 billion worldwide, the FBI's Internet Complaint Center reports, adding that fraudsters are increasingly targeting the U.S. real estate sector with such scams.
Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been indicted, as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, for allegedly conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, including by hacking the Democratic National Committee.