The cybercrime sector involves a rapidly growing services economy that provides everything from bulletproof hosting and stresser/booter DDoS on demand, to ransomware-as-a-service and sites that offer to launder bitcoins via a process known as tumbling.
The massive Sony breach spelled out the risks facing any business that deals in digital content. Here's how David Hahn, CISO of publishing giant Hearst, keeps the cybersecurity conversation going with his board of directors.
SentinelOne, one of a batch of vendors using machine learning to conquer malware, says it will not integrate its behavioral detection engine into Google's VirusTotal service. CEO Tomer Weingarten claims the investment wouldn't provide a worthwhile return.
Those who embrace good cyber hygiene in their personal lives are likely to be more aware of information security on the job as well, says Steve Durbin of the Information Security Forum, who'll deliver a keynote address at Information Security Media Group's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Toronto.
Internet of Things alert: Many embedded systems contain hardcoded cryptographic credentials that attackers could use to seize control of the devices or crack encrypted website traffic. And the problem is only getting worse, says security firm SEC Consult.
Chipmaker Intel will spin out its Intel Security unit - once again named McAfee - with a value that's markedly lower than what it paid. Meanwhile, long-gone founder John McAfee is suing for the right to launch a new security company bearing his name.
The breach of porn site Brazzers - which allows users to swap fantasies in online forums - begs the question of how many users employed throwaway usernames and passwords. Some 1,446 U.S. military and 41 U.S. government email addresses were found in the data dump.
If Russia is, indeed, meddling with the U.S. election, there's an obvious explanation: It's irritated by U.S. policy. But if Russia's frustration is being expressed through cyberattacks, how can the U.S. respond?
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is moving ahead with an initiative to create standards for cryptographic algorithms for small computing devices, such as those found in automobiles, control systems, smart grids and the Internet of Things.
The ISMG Security Report leads with a report on Federal CIO Tony Scott partly blaming the way Congress funds agencies for the 2015 breach of computers at the Office of Management and Budget that exposed 21.5 million records.
Tens of thousands of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance devices remain vulnerable to a zero-day exploit released last month as part of the Equation Group toolset dump by Shadow Brokers, according to scans conducted by security firm Rapid7.
Web portal Rambler - likened by some to a Russian version of Yahoo - was reportedly hacked in 2012, resulting in the theft nearly 100 million user credentials. But the company disputes some aspects of the supposed breach.
Hutton Hotel says it failed to spot that its point-of-sale systems were compromised by malware for over three years. Separately, Noble House is now warning that its breach investigation uncovered 10 malware-infected hotels or restaurants.