Japan plans to identity vulnerable internet of things devices the same way hackers do: by trying to log into them. The country wants to gauge its cybersecurity readiness for next year when it hosts the summer Olympics. If vulnerable devices are found, the plan is to notify device owners.
Massive data brokers - Equifax, Experian, Illion and others - are leveraging Australia's electoral roll, which is a tightly held and valuable batch of data. While this little-known practice might sound alarming, in fact it's required under Australia's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism rules.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is close to concluding its investigation into Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Washington Post reports, noting that the social network may face a record-setting fine, exceeding the $22.5 million fine the FTC in 2012 slammed on Google.
A U.K. court has sentenced Daniel Kaye, 30, after he admitted launching DDoS attacks against Liberia's largest telecommunications company in 2015 and 2016. A rival internet services provider paid Kaye $100,000 to launch the attacks.
Mark Karpeles, the former head of hacked Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has continued to maintain his innocence during the closing arguments in an embezzlement trial against him, Japanese local media report. Prosecutors are seeking a 10-year prison sentence for the French national.
Digital steganography is the practice of hiding information in plain sight, especially inside other data or images. And a new toolset, which debuted earlier this month at the Black Hat Europe conference, suggests steganography is going to get much more difficult to spot.
President Donald Trump is reportedly continuing to weigh an executive order that would ban all U.S. organizations from using telecommunications hardware built by China's Huawei and ZTE. Australia and New Zealand have blocked the firms from their 5G rollouts, while other nations weigh similar moves.
For the past three years, hackers have been intercepting sensitive diplomatic cables sent between EU member states after stealing passwords for accessing the EU network via a phishing attack against diplomats in Cyprus, The New York Times reports.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
To combat cyberattacks, more nations must not only hold nation-state attackers accountable, but also better cooperate by backing each other's attribution, said Estonian politician Marina Kaljurand, who chairs the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, in her opening keynote speech at Black Hat Europe 2018.
Consumer organizations in seven countries plan to file complaints alleging that Google is violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation via its location, web and app activity tracking, in what could be a blow to the search giant's lucrative but data-hungry targeted advertising business.
Uber has been slammed with $1.2 million in fines by U.K. and Dutch privacy regulators for its cover-up of a 2016 data breach for more than a year. The breach exposed millions of drivers' and users' personal details to attackers, whom Uber paid $100,000 in hush money and for a promise to delete the stolen data.
A British lawmaker has obtained sealed U.S. court documents to reveal internal Facebook discussions about data security and privacy controls, as Parliament probes Facebook and other social media firms as well as Russian interference and fake news.
Australian human resources software developer PageUp says it has found "no specific evidence" that attackers removed data after the company warned in May that it had been breached. But investigators have found that attackers installed all of the tools they would have needed to exfiltrate data.
For nearly 30 months, internet traffic going to Australian Department of Defense websites flowed through China Telecom data centers, an odd and suspicious path. Why the strange routing occurred is known. But the reasons why it persisted for so long aren't.