Progressive companies seeking to improve their security are increasingly adopting bug bounty programs. The theory is that rewarding outside researchers improves security outcomes. But in practice, bug bounty programs can be messy and actually create perverse incentives, says bug-hunting expert Katie Moussouris.
State officials in Texas say that at least 23 local government entities have fallen victim to a coordinated ransomware attack unleashed on Friday morning. Security experts say attackers continue to pummel local governments, and illicit profits have been rising.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the latest improvements in deception technology and how best to apply it. Also featured: a report on the growth of mobile fraud, plus insights on Merck's experience recovering from a NotPetya attack.
Paige A. Thompson, who's been arrested on a charge of hacking into Capital One's network and taking the personal and financial data of 106 million individuals, is also suspected of stealing information from over 30 other organizations, according to new court documents.
Choice Hotels says about 700,000 guest records were exposed after one of its vendors copied data from its systems. Fraudsters discovered the unsecured database and tried to hold the hotel chain to ransom, which it ignored.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the exposure of personal and mortgage-related records from First American Financial Corp., according to security blogger Brian Krebs. First American spent $1.7 million on the incident in its second quarter, but investigations and lawsuits are looming.
The news that serial entrepreneur Elon Musk and scientists have unveiled Neuralink - a neuroscience startup that's been in stealth mode for two years and aims to create a new computer/brain interface - might make you ask: What took him so long? Before signing up, just make sure it's immune to ransomware.
A little over a week after a breach at Capital One was revealed, more U.S. lawmakers are raising questions about what happened at the bank, including what role, if any, Amazon may have played in opening the door to the intrusion.
More lawsuits have been filed in the wake of the Capital One breach that exposed the data of more than 100 million individuals. GitHub is also a target of one of those lawsuits, which alleges the code-sharing site failed to promptly remove breached data.
Capital One's enormous data breach is a subject of intense scrutiny as well as fear. A definitive post mortem is likely months away. But security professionals have ideas as to how the breach was achieved and the weaknesses that led to it.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the root causes of the Capital One data breach. Also featured: breach remediation advice and compliance with New York's new third-party risk management requirements.
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval for a $74 million settlement of a consolidated class action lawsuit against health insurer Premera Blue Cross stemming from a 2014 data breach that affected 11 million individuals. More money will go to security enhancements than to victim reimbursement.