Australia's pandemic contact-tracing app may be released by the end of the month. The app will collect names and phone numbers, enabling health authorities to contact those who've been exposed to people who have been infected with COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
Alongside the sad and vast expense of legitimate claims, it is an unfortunate fact that in times of economic hardship, people have a history of taking any opportunity to exploit financial institutions for ill-gotten gain.
All contact-tracing apps for combating COVID-19 must be developed in an open and transparent manner, remain voluntary, be based on Bluetooth, and allow users to opt in, or else they risk making the global pandemic even worse, 200 of the world's leading scientists and researchers have warned.