For one month, the installer for a widely used, free Windows utility called CCleaner also installed a malicious payload that was designed to allow attackers to push additional malware onto infected PCs, warns Cisco Talos. Developer Piriform, owned by Avast, has released updates that expunge the malware.
In the move to a cashless economy in India and elsewhere, improving user authentication is critical, but users are demanding ease of use, says Singapore-based Tom Wills, director at Ontrack Advisory. He describes the roles that biometrics and artificial intelligence will play.
Researchers in Australia says they've conquered a thorny problem: how to view information stored on multiple air-gapped networks at the same time without security or usability concerns. They've created a device, called the Cross Domain Desktop Compositor, that's been tested by the Australian Department of Defense.
In cryptocurrency we trust: The government of North Korea has been turning to bitcoin exchange heists and cryptocurrency mining - potentially using malware installed on other countries' systems - to evade sanctions and fund the regime, security experts say.
The Trump administration is directing U.S. federal executive branch agencies to remove anti-virus software from Russian-owned Kaspersky Lab from their computers within 90 days. Kaspersky denies "inappropriate" ties to Russian government.
A former cybersecurity analytics specialist at health insurer Anthem, which experienced a massive data breach, offers insights on key steps organizations should take to avoid becoming the next breach victim in the headlines.
Equifax has yet to describe how its site was breached, except to blame a vague "U.S. website application vulnerability." But some security experts suspect that an unpatched flaw in Apache Struts, fixed by Apache in March, might have been exploited.
If the Equifax breach turns out like every other massive data breach we've seen for more than a decade, after a big brouhaha - from Congress, state attorneys general, consumer rights groups and class-action lawsuits - nothing will change, because that would require Congress to give Americans more privacy rights.
A 10-digit PIN used by consumers to freeze access to credit reports with Equifax is based on dates and times, several observers have noticed. Equifax says it plans to change how the PIN is generated, but experts say it's another troubling development for a troubled company.
When it comes to ransomware defense, "backup, backup, backup" is the go-to strategy. But are organizations backing up the right data at the right time to enable the best ransomware recovery? Ali Mahmoud of SolarWinds MSP shares new insight on secure backup.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Observations about America's standing as a global cybersecurity leader from Christopher Painter, who until earlier this summer served as the United States' top cyber diplomat. Also, threats posed by IoT devices.
Oracle's Joshua Brooks understands why those charged with information security compliance can, at times, be overwhelmed when they must deal with frameworks associated with PCI, HIPAA, FedRAMP, ISO 270001 and NIST 800-53, to name a few.