Bitcoin has enabled fast payments to cybercriminals pushing ransomware. How to deal with bitcoin is the subject of a spirited debate, with some arguing to restrict it. But bitcoin doesn't always favor cybercriminals, and it may actually be more of an ally than a foe by revealing webs of criminality.
Some 26 million passwords were exposed in a 1.2 terabyte batch of data found by NordLocker, a security company. It's workaday botnet data, but it highlights a hostile malware landscape, particularly for people still inclined to download pirated software.
The FTC rejected arguments from major technology companies and trade groups that independent repair shops increase risks to data security. That could help propel the "right to repair" movement, which contends manufacturers use anticompetitive tactics to lock consumers and independent repairers out.
Law enforcement agencies use forensics tools from Israeli company Cellebrite to gain access to locked mobile devices and extract data. But the creator of encrypted messaging app Signal says he's found vulnerabilities in Cellebrite's tools, raising questions about whether the extracted data can be trusted.
Security practitioners often tread a fine and not entirely well-defined legal line in collecting current and meaningful research. This research can also pose ethical questions when commercial sources for stolen data fall into a gray area.
It has been an open question as to how a half-dozen hacking groups began exploiting Exchange servers in an automated fashion in the days leading up to Microsoft's patches. But there are strong signs that the exploit code leaked, and the question now is: Who leaked it?
Tales of poorly secured internet-connected cameras come along regularly. But the latest installment seems especially egregious because it involves Verkada, a widely used "surveillance camera as a service" startup, and led to remote hackers being able to spy on customers via their own cameras.
SonicWall was recently attacked via a zero-day flaw in one of its own products. Curiously, SonicWall hasn't said much about the extent and damage of the breach since its announcement. But there are strong indications it may have been targeted by an extortion attempt.
Bloomberg has stood firm on its controversial story from two years ago asserting that China implanted a tiny chip on motherboards made by Supermicro. But rather than proving its contention in a follow-up, it may have inflicted more reputational damage upon itself.
The Florida city that experienced a breach of its water treatment system used now-unsupported Windows 7 machines, shared the same password for remote access and had no firewall. The incident is likely to raise questions about the vulnerability of critical infrastructure in small towns on slim IT security budgets.
Several data breaches stemming from unpatched vulnerabilities in Accellion's File Transfer Appliance have been revealed. What went wrong? Where does the fault lie? And what can organizations do about it?
Police have arrested Riley June Williams of Pennsylvania, who a tipster alleges stole a laptop or hard drive belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But is the tipsters claim that she had planned to pass the device to a friend in Russia credible?
Blockchain technology has been floated as a solution to enable remote, electronic voting. But MIT researchers say today's paper-based systems, while imperfect, are still the most reliable way to prove to voters that their selections have been accurately cast and tallied.
Cybersecurity is poised to become a higher White House priority when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. And he's expected to renew key international relationships needed in the fight against cyberattacks.
MAXEX, a company that develops a digital trading platform for the secondary mortgage market in the U.S., leaked 9 GB of internal documentation as well as full mortgage applications for 23 individuals. The data was released by a Swiss-based developer who apparently was unaware it was sensitive.