Many media outlets have suggested that the recent arrest of a Russian computer programmer ties to the 2016 U.S. presidential election meddling blamed on Russia. But the only source for this supposed connection traces to a Russian propaganda arm that's been blamed for participating in said meddling.
Forty targets in 16 countries were attacked using advanced attack tools and techniques that match the capabilities documented via the "Vault 7" stash of alleged CIA network exploitation documents released by WikiLeaks, Symantec says.
Spanish police arrested Russian computer programmer Pyotr Levashov, apparently while he was vacationing with his family. Authorities say his arrest relates to alleged Kelihos spam botnet and pump-and-dump stock campaigns, not to Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A zero-day flaw in Microsoft Office is being targeted via in-the-wild attacks, security firms warn, including by the notorious Dridex botnet. While there is a workaround, Microsoft says it plans to issue a full fix this week as part of its regularly scheduled security updates.
Twitter has dropped a federal lawsuit that sought to quash an administrative summons, which the government subsequently withdrew, seeking records for an account that's critical of U.S. policy. It's one of many accounts suspected to have been created by disgruntled government employees.
A Texas-based pediatric practice is the latest healthcare entity to report a major data breach following a recent ransomware attack, despite the organization's efforts to mitigate the incident quickly.
A North Korean IP address has turned up in an investigation by Kaspersky Lab into attacks against banks' SWIFT systems. The finding is a strong indication that the Lazarus hacking group may be run by North Korea.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report leads off with an interview with the co-editor of a new book, Inside Threat, who uses examples from the physical world that can be applied to the virtual world. Also, organizations fall short on offering identity protection services.
A Government Accountability Office audit suggests a lack of guidelines led the Office of Personnel Management to provide duplicate identity protection services to about 3.6 million individuals victimized by two 2015 data breaches.
The FCC is warning that a scam focuses on tricking people into saying the word "yes" on the phone, which fraudsters record and later reuse as a voice signature in an attempt to make fraudulent charges on utility or credit card accounts.
The FBI recently warned that hackers are targeting FTP servers run by healthcare organizations in order to obtain medical records. New statistics show more than 750,000 FTP servers can be accessed anonymously worldwide.
Following the Westminster attack in London, Britain's home secretary scapegoated social networks and end-to-end encryption communications. Is it possible her government has a messy domestic political issue that it's trying to avoid discussing?
A scareware campaign has been locking iOS devices with faux ransomware, demanding a payoff via virtual iTunes gift cards, security researchers warn. A fix for the exploited iOS flaw is included in a massive batch of product patches and updates released by Apple.