The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report describes vulnerabilities found in popular password generator apps. Plus, the evolution of blockchain as a utility and a new decryptor for GandCrab ransomware.
A misconfigured database at UW Medicine in Washington state that left patient data exposed on the internet for several weeks resulted in a breach affecting almost 1 million individuals. Why are breaches caused by such misconfigurations so common?
A rush by some media outlets to attribute a late-2018 alleged Ryuk ransomware infection at Tribune Publishing to North Korean attackers appears to have been erroneous, as many security experts warned at the time. Rather, cybercrime gangs appear to be using Ryuk, according to researchers at McAfee and Coveware.
Facebook says it will soon issue a patch for a bug in its WhatsApp messenger application that can circumvent a security feature launched just last month for Apple devices. The flaw could let someone with physical access to a device bypass Face ID and Touch ID.
A Congressional committee is demanding Facebook provide answers concerning a complaint filed with the FTC alleging misleading privacy practices involving personal health information. The complaint also alleged a data leak exposed the names of over 10,000 cancer patients participating in a Facebook group.
Technology giants stand accused by a U.K. parliamentary committee of risking democracy in pursuit of profit, acting as monopolies and blocking attempts to hold them accountable. But Parliament's probe into disinformation and "fake news" reserves special scorn for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
A security audit of popular password managers has revealed some concerning weaknesses. Luckily, none of the problems are showstoppers that should put people off using such applications. But the research shows that some password managers need to more thoroughly scrub data left in memory.
Fast-food giant Wendy's has reached a $50 million settlement agreement with financial institutions that sued after attackers planted RAM-scraping malware on point-of-sale systems in 1,025 of its restaurants in 2015 and 2016, exfiltrating data for 18 million payment cards.
Among the hundreds of responses to a federal request for comments about potential changes to the HIPAA rules were suggestions for "safe harbors" that would shelter organizations with strong security strategies from HIPAA enforcement actions after a health data breach.
Good news for many victims of GandCrab: There's a new, free decryptor available from the No More Ransom portal that will unlock systems that have been crypto-locked by the latest version of the notorious, widespread ransomware. But the ransomware gang appears to already be prepping a new version.
Recent apparently state-sponsored hack attacks have hit dozens of companies in the U.S. and political parties in Australia. Officials say China and Iran appear to have escalated their online espionage campaigns, seeking to gather better intelligence and steal intellectual property.
The internet is composed of a series of networks built on trust. But they can be abused due to weaknesses in older protocols, such as Border Gateway Protocol and the Domain Name System, which were not designed to be secure and are now being abused for online crime and espionage.
A security consultancy discovered Facebook user data exposed in two different places online without authentication or encryption. The data, which is now offline, came from an Android app that purported to offer statistical information to logged-in users.
Britain's intelligence establishment has reportedly concluded that any risks posed by Chinese-built Huawei networking equipment used as part of the country's 5G rollout can be minimized if the process is appropriately managed.