Information security professionals to the U.S. government: Please put up or shut up over Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, by either showing evidence that others can independently judge, or else dropping your vague insinuations.
Many recent data breaches, including the Equifax incident, show that "applications are really the vulnerable entry point into organizations and ultimately to organizations' data," says Alex Mosher of CA Technologies.
A former systems administrator who worked at a Pennsylvania clinic group for only about three weeks has been sentenced to 27 months in prison in a case involving wire fraud and hacking computers. The case highlights the importance of managing administrative credentials, especially when employees leave.
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.