Disney is reportedly being targeted by cyber-extortionist hackers who have threatened to release a stolen, prerelease copy of the movie studio's fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film unless they receive a ransom, payable in bitcoins.
Criminals have long aimed to separate people from their possessions. So for anyone who follows ransomware, the WannaCry outbreak won't come as a shock. Nor will longstanding advice for surviving ransomware shakedowns: Prepare, or prepare to pay.
To better battle ransomware, we must take a page from the lessons learned by the kidnapping and ransom insurance industry in its battle against piracy in the Indian Ocean, Jeremiah Grossman told the AppSec Europe conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Former Bush and Obama cyber adviser Melissa Hathaway says that over the past decade, more than 100 recommendations on improving government cybersecurity have been made but mostly ignored. Now the cybersecurity executive order signed by President Donald Trump will add dozens of new reports in 14 areas.
The cybersecurity epitaph of the fired FBI director could read: "He showed courage to take on Apple." Comey publicly battled Apple CEO Tim Cook over unlocking the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, becoming the face of the proponents who seek ways to bypass encryption on mobile devices.
Hot sessions at this week's OWASP AppSec Europe 2017 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, cover everything from the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and fostering better SecDevOps uptake, to quantum-computing resistant crypto and ransomware economics.
Reporting software vulnerabilities can be legally dicey, particularly if the affected company has not previously had contact with computer security researchers. A Sydney consultant recently experienced both ends of the spectrum while investigating building management software.
The figure sounds alarming, 60 percent of small companies went belly up within six months of a breach. And that stat was repeated several times by lawmakers as a House panel debated - and approved - a bill aimed at helping small businesses battle hackers. But is that number true?
The purported hacking of computers of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, by the same Russian group that targeted Hillary Clinton's campaign, signifies an expansion of the goals of the attackers that extend beyond trying to influence the outcome of Western elections.
President Donald Trump last week failed to meet a self-imposed, 90-day deadline to issue a report on "hacking defenses." But let's not nit-pick. After all, cybersecurity is complex - something the president is likely discovering along with healthcare and tax reform.
Free advice for breached businesses: Once you admit that you've suffered a data breach or that you're investigating a security incident, disseminate that message far and wide so no one can accuse you of trying to cover it up. That's the lesson from an incident at BlowOut Cards, a sports card trading site.