ISMG editors discuss: U.S. Sen. Angus King on the need for the federal government to form a clear, declarative cyber deterrence strategy, how CISA is ramping up efforts to support critical infrastructure defenses and the potential implications of the U.S. blacklisting of Israeli spyware firms.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has added four foreign companies to its Entity List for allegedly engaging in activities "contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the U.S." Two Israeli companies - NSO Group and Candiru - were cited for allegedly supplying spyware to foreign governments to...
Facebook plans to shut down its facial recognition system, saying the regulatory landscape is unclear and citing ongoing concerns about the effects on society of using such systems. The company plans to delete more than 1 billion facial profiles.
Six national data protection and privacy authorities – from Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, Hong Kong SAR, China and Switzerland - have joined with the U.K. information Commissioner’s Office to issue guidance to video teleconferencing companies on privacy, calling for end-to-end encryption.
While ransomware might be today's top cybercrime boogeyman, attackers aren't infallible. The latest example: Errors in DarkSide - and its BlackMatter rebrand - enabled security experts to quietly decrypt many victims' files for free, saving millions in potential ransom payments.
The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security has issued an interim final rule to curb and control the export, reexport, or in-country transfer of certain offensive cyber tools that are used in surveillance of private citizens and other malicious activities that undermine the nation's security.
Is there any bigger cybercrime soap opera than the life and times of ransomware operators? Take the REvil, aka Sodinokibi, ransomware-as-a-service operation, which feels like it's disappeared and reappeared more times than the secret, identical twin of the protagonist in your favorite melodrama.
In this update, four editors discuss key cybersecurity issues, including addressing the complexity of security, the rising number of victims targeted by double extortion ransomware and the Information Commissioner's Office's recent consultation on creating an international data transfer agreement.
Democratic lawmakers on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced legislation that would rein in tech algorithms on platforms exceeding 5 million monthly viewers. This follows a high-profile whistleblower case heard before Congress on Facebook's allegedly questionable data policies.
Some 14,000 Google users were warned of being suspected targets of Russian government-backed threat actors on Thursday. The next day, the tech giant announced cybersecurity updates - particularly for email accounts of high-profile users, including politicians and journalists.
Rant of the day: Are we getting hacked because we now work remotely in the new normal? No, we're being hacked because we're not managing our risks and being lazy - and because the CISO is not being heard.
Cybersecurity and computer science experts testifying before Congress on Tuesday expressed concerns about their inability to access key social media data sets that could allow them to analyze and potentially counter the spread of misinformation.
A security researcher who goes by the alias Watchful_IP has discovered a command injection vulnerability that could potentially affect millions of Hikvision's IoT devices. The video security solutions provider says it has fixed the flaw and rolled out a firmware update for its end users.
For combating ransomware, doing the security basics is essential, including keeping systems updated and patched. Don't follow in the footsteps of one technology firm, which Sophos found got hit by Cring ransomware after attackers exploited ColdFusion software that hadn't been patched in 11 years.
Republican lawmakers have expressed additional concerns around Chinese telecom giant Huawei to the nation's top diplomat. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Gallagher outline Huawei's global cloud services and seek answers on privacy concerns.