Before moving to faster payments, U.S. banks should scrutinize the security gaps exploited in the SWIFT-related bank heists and build effective risk-mitigation strategies that include stronger layers of authentication, financial fraud experts say.
A Bangladesh probe says that an insider may have assisted attackers in perpetrating the $81 million cyber heist against Bangladesh Bank. SWIFT has unveiled new security measures to help other banks, but security experts say more will be needed.
ISMG editors, in a special report, examine the status of data breach notification laws in a number of regions, including the European Union, which this past week implemented the General Data Protection Regulation, although enforcement won't take place for two years.
Financial fraud expert Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst, says the SWIFT-related heists, which have defrauded banks out of millions of dollars in recent weeks, are not cause for "the sky is falling" alarm. She recommends key security steps to prevent further such incidents.
In the wake of reports that 65 million stolen credentials from micro-blogging platform Tumblr have surfaced online, following 117 million LinkedIn credentials, it's clear that 2016 is fast becoming the year of what one security expert dubs "historical mega breaches."
The U.S. Congress delves into the issue of whether CISOs should report to CIOs, a topic that leads the Friday, May 27, 2016, edition of the ISMG Security Report, an on-demand audio report offered every Tuesday and Friday.
Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4, has seen first-hand the devastating impact of ransomware on healthcare entities. And he knows traditional defenses aren't enough to ward off attackers. What's needed is a whole new approach to user education.
Hackers reportedly stole $250,000 from Bangladesh's Sonali Bank in 2013, in what's now the fourth case involving malware attacks and injecting fraudulent money-transfer requests into the SWIFT interbank messaging network.
The business of executive email hacking is booming, with hundreds of millions of dollars lost in fraudulent wire transfers. But businesses can improve their processes to avoid inadvertently transferring funds to fraudsters, according to one expert.
E-commerce retailers face an ongoing battle: Their websites are constantly hit by bots using stolen credentials to try to take over accounts. What can companies do to protect themselves? Akamai's Michael Smith offers advice.
A Japanese ATM cash-out scheme that stole $19 million from South Africa's Standard Bank in less than three hours illustrates why devising better ways to mitigate the risks posed by such schemes must be a priority for financial institutions in markets - including the U.S. - that still rely on mag stripe debit cards.
As Europe counts down to implementing its General Data Protection Regulation, which will require EU-wide data breach notifications for the first time, similar efforts to enact a single federal law in the United States remain stalled.
LinkedIn failed to force all users to reset their passwords after a 2012 breach of at least 6.5 million credentials came to light. But it turns out the breach actually compromised 167 million accounts. Whoops.
After blaming a recent spate of bank robberies on banks' poor information security practices, SWIFT has changed its tune. Now it says it wants to help financial firms spot related fraud and better share information about unfolding threats.