Some federal agencies inappropriately continue to rely on knowledge-based authentication to prevent fraud and abuse even though this method is no longer trustworthy because so much personal information that's been breached is readily available to fraudsters, a new
U.S. Government Accountability Office report notes.
Not all that crashes has been hacked. To wit, this past weekend there were multiple major outages, including much of Argentina and Uruguay going dark, as well as U.S. retailer Target's system problems leaving customers unable to pay for goods. But none of these outages were due to cyberattacks.
Data breaches, incident response and complying with the burgeoning number of regulations that have an information security impact were among the top themes at this year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London. Here are 10 of the top takeaways from the conference's keynote sessions.
Digital transformation impacts the way that organizations deal with cybersecurity risk, says Tim Wilkinson of Avast Business, who provides advice on how to place security at the center of the transformation.
Carelessness, a lack of security awareness, unclear data ownership and poor toolsets are root causes of insider breaches, says Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress, which recently surveyed CISOs and employees to trace the cause of insider breaches resulting from both intentional and unintentional loss.
When it comes to drivers for implementing and maintaining privileged access management programs, Wallix's Grant Burst says that demonstrating compliance and safety remain top priorities. Another driver, he says, is the sheer interconnectedness of devices - driven by the rise of IoT.
Britain's biggest businesses continue to inappropriately expose servers and services to the internet, putting the organizations and data at risk, according to a study by Rapid7. Tod Beardsley describes the findings, including a widespread lack of phishing defenses as well as cloud misconfigurations.
Hacking and extortion attempts against organizations have unfortunately become all too commonplace these days. On Tuesday, an unlikely victim went public: the British band Radiohead. But was the band really a hacking and extortion victim?
License plate and traveler photos collected at the U.S. border have been compromised after a federal government subcontractor was hacked. While Customs and Border Protection officials claim the image data hasn't been seen online, security experts say it's already available for download via a darknet site.
What stands out most about a proposed $74 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against Premera Blue Cross in the wake of a 2014 data breach? Technology attorney Steven Teppler offers insights in this interview.
Online invitation site Evite has been hacked and information on an unspecified number of users stolen. In a data minimization fail, the breach apparently dates from earlier this year, but it's been tied to "an inactive data storage file associated with Evite user accounts" from before 2014.
A security researcher found an unsecured database belonging to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China that contained 8.4 TB of email metadata. While it's not clear if anyone accessed the data, an attacker could have seen all email being sent or received by a specific person.
A new botnet called GoldBrute is actively scanning the internet and using brute-force methods to attack 1.5 million Windows machines that have exposed Remote Desktop Protocol connections, according to research from Morphus Labs. The goal of group controlling the botnet is not clear.
Tech Data says it has disabled a logging server used for its StreamOne cloud services marketplace after a data exposure. Tech Data differs with researchers over the sensitivity over what was exposed, but the logging server is offline now.