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?
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.
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.
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.
The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly negotiating a settlement with Facebook that includes a multibillion dollar fine for its privacy failures. But the social network is alarmed about the proposed settlement agreement's terms and conditions, The Washington Post reports.
A famed British computer security researcher has lost several key motions in a federal hacking case that stems from his alleged contribution to two types of banking malware. The rulings could complicate the challenges for the defense team of Marcus Hutchins, who remains in the U.S.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report highlights how thieves can use "deep fake" photos in an attempt to steal cryptocurrency. Also featured: A discussion of the implications of "data gravity" and an analysis of whether the era of mega-breaches is ending.
This Valentine's Day, authorities are once again warning individuals to watch out for anyone perpetrating romance scams. The FTC says Americans lost $143 million to romance scams in 2017, while in the U.K., Action Fraud says reported romance scam losses in 2018 topped $64 million.