The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the privacy issues raised by COVID-19 contact-tracing apps. Also featured: An update on efforts to fight fraud tied to economic stimulus payments; John Kindervag on the origins of "zero trust."
The former vice president of finance at a Georgia-based medical supplies company has been charged with hacking into the firm's computers and "sabotaging" shipment of personal protective equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
U.S. and U.K. law enforcement officials have shut down hundreds of suspicious domains with COVID-19 names and themes that have been used to support criminal efforts to steal credentials, spread malware and spoof government sites and programs.
Apple is now preparing final patches for two zero-day vulnerabilities that a security firm says have been exploited by certain attackers to seize control of iPhone and iPad email apps, giving them access to users' messages.
The global pandemic has revealed a lot about the extended remote workforce and its haves and have-nots, says Mike Kiser of SailPoint Technologies. In a preview of an upcoming virtual roundtable, he describes the cybersecurity forces shaping the new post-crisis workforce.
Two recently uncovered spear-phishing campaigns targeted oil and gas firms in the U.S., Asia and South Africa with AgentTesla, a notorious information stealer, according to Bitdefender. These campaigns appear tied to the global oil crisis.
Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
The U.S. Small Business Administration says a flaw in an online application portal may have exposed the personal data - including Social Security numbers - of approximately 8,000 loan applicants seeking help coping with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports.
Cybercriminals are using spoofed messages and images from Zoom and Cisco WebEx as lures in new phishing campaigns that are designed to steal credentials or distribute malware, according to the security firm Proofpoint.
About 25,000 email addresses and passwords that are apparently for staff at the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other organizations have been dumped online, according to the Washington Post.
IT services and consulting giant Cognizant is still assessing the damage from a ransomware attack on Friday. And it's warning that the incident is disrupting services to some of its clients and could affect the company's revenue.
About 267 million Facebook user IDs and other user information is being offered for sale on a dark net site for about $540, according to cybersecurity intelligence firm Cyble, which says the data, which does not include passwords, could be used for phishing and other schemes.
In the age of COVID-19 - when staying as close to home as possible and trying to avoid touching anything in public that might spread coronavirus is the new normal - cash is out, and "contactless" payments are in, if you're lucky enough to be able to use them.