Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Ransomware crypto-locks customer data stored by a cloud-based service provider. Also, there's a move afoot to use blockchain technology to better protect people's personally identifiable information.
After spiking in 2017, the volume of attacks involving ransomware has since declined, but the malware still remains a potent threat. For attackers, ransomware barriers to entry are lower than ever, thanks to highly automated ransomware-as-a-service offerings.
The web may be largely funded thanks to online advertising, but the threat posted by malicious advertisements continues to escalate. Indeed, the latest malvertising scheme, uncovered by security firm Confiant, served 1 billion malicious advertisements.
Technology giants are still struggling to identify what's at risk from the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in modern CPUs, never mind getting working security updates into users' hands. In the meantime, expect a rush by researchers to find more flaws in microprocessor code.
The usual advice for major security flaws is to patch as quickly as possible. Now Intel is calling for a full stop due to imperfect patches for a trio of chip security vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre.
In separate cases, two hackers have either pleaded guilty or been sentenced to serve jail time in part for launching or facilitating DDoS attacks. One defendant, John Kelsey Gammell, was unmasked after taunting a former employer over the "ongoing IT issues" his DDoS attacks were causing.
Organizations in the Middle East and Central Asia are beginning to respond to the nuances of the evolving threat landscape in the region, says Tata Communication' Avinash Prasad in this exclusive interview.
A ransomware attack on electronic health records vendor Allscripts late last week is a reminder of the potential disruption to patient care delivery healthcare entities can face if a cloud-services provider suffers a cyberattack. It also points to the need for business continuity planning.
The operators of the Necurs botnet continue to target victims with phishing campaigns designed to infect them with banking malware, ransomware and cryptocurrency fever, as well as to generate profits via dating website referrals.
Whether it's insider or third-party vendor access, organizations are realizing they need to do more with their privileged accounts and systems. But traditional approaches often leave organizations with wide gaps in security. Sam Elliott of Bomgar explains what companies need to look for when it comes to access...
Data broker Equifax has released a revised count of U.K. victims of its massive 2017 data breach, now saying 860,000 residents had their personal details exposed. The data broker is offering its own fraud-monitoring services to breach victims, provided they share their personal details.
Technologists are wrangling with an identity puzzle: Is it possible to create a single digital identity that can be seamlessly and securely used at a bank, a hospital or consumer websites? It's the holy grail of identity. But experts say blockchain is likely not the answer right now.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Why some organizations with working backups still choose to pay a ransom after suffering a cryptolocking malware attack. Also featured: The U.S. government's push to bolster the private sector's "active defenses."
Intel says firmware updates it developed to help protect users against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities have been causing not just older CPUs but also its newest processors - in both client devices and data center servers - to reboot much more frequently than they should.
Two men have been sentenced to serve at about six years each in U.S. federal prison after selling drugs such as marijuana and cocaine via darknet markets, including AlphaBay. The separate arrests of both defendants predate law enforcement seizing control of AlphaBay.