A discussion with ISMG Security and Technology Editor Jeremy Kirk about his chat with the cyber gang "The Dark Overlord," which threatened some U.S. school districts with extortion, leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, an update on surging IT security employment.
At the first of three Congressional hearings slated this week to examine the Equifax mega-breach, one Republican said of the company's delay in detecting the breach: "It's like the guards of Fort Knox forgot to lock the doors and failed to notice the thieves were emptying the vaults."
Freedom of Information requests sent to 430 U.K. local government councils by Barracuda Networks found that at least 27 percent of councils have suffered ransomware outbreaks. Thankfully, almost none have paid ransoms, and good backup practices appear widespread.
Equifax is facing increased scrutiny from Congress, including a bill that would mandate free credit freezes for consumers, on demand. But a true fix would require Congress to give U.S. government consumer watchdogs more power.
Top IT security and information risk experts, including former RSA Executive Chairman Art Coviello, analyze the struggles Equifax faces in the wake of a massive data breach in the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report.
A major operation to cleanse websites of digital certificates created under questionable circumstances is underway. Google has issued the orders: Purge digital certificates that were issued by Symantec before June 1, 2016.
Lenovo will pay $3.5 million to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and 32 states to settle a case brought against it over advertising software with serious security issues that was preinstalled on thousands of the company's laptops.
The ISMG Security Report leads with views on a novel way to fund the growth of the United States military's Cyber Command by seizing assets such as digital currencies from hackers and other criminals. Also, we offer tips on how to recruit scarce IT security pros.
A report claims British intelligence agency GCHQ knew in advance that the FBI planned to arrest WannaCry "hero" Marcus Hutchins when he visited the United States for the annual Black Hat and Def Con conferences last month. The information security community asks: Is that justice?
Security vendors are known to sprinkle hyperbole among their claims. But the strategy has backfired for DirectDefense, which mistakenly cast endpoint protection vendor Carbon Black as a contributor to the "world's largest pay-for-play data exfiltration botnet."
Britain's home secretary claims that "real people" don't really want unbreakable, end-to-end encryption - they just like cool features. Accordingly, she asks, why can't we just compromise and add backdoors, thus breaking crypto for everyone?
Demands by politicians that people must be willing to surrender their privacy rights to help security services battle cybercrime are shorthand for governments having significantly underinvested in the required resources, says information security expert Brian Honan.
Worried about the use of encryption by terrorists, Australia plans to lobby its key signal intelligence partners at a meeting in Canada for the creation of new legal powers that would allow access to scrambled communications. But Australia says it doesn't want backdoors. So what does it want?