Attackers exploiting a buffer overflow in WhatsApp's signaling software to automatically infect devices with malware - without users even having to answer their phone - and then alter call logs to hide attack traces is "a bit of a nightmare scenario," says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
In recent years, Las Vegas has become a prototypical smart city. Between its fully autonomous vehicles and its array of IoT sensors, the city aims to embrace innovation without compromising the security of its 650,000 residents and 42 million annual tourists.
Yet local governments know that internet-connected...
Much like private companies, state and local governments of all kinds are going through a digital transformation at an unprecedented pace: migrating sensitive data to the cloud, installing internet-connected infrastructure, and offering services powered by smart devices.
At the same time, cyber-criminals are also...
Entrusted with protecting the personal information of their residents, with securing critical infrastructure, and with overseeing fair elections, local governments face few challenges more pivotal than cyber security. Yet most cities and counties rely on an outdated approach to defending their networks: relying on...
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference has concluded, finding no evidence that President Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow, although Mueller declined to exonerate Trump over obstruction of justice, says U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
Victims of hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters now face a second hit: The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency inadvertently shared 2.3 million disaster survivors' personal data of with an agency contractor, leaving victims at increased risk from fraud and identity theft.
Life after WannaCry and NotPetya: Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency, wants member states to be able to rapidly respond to the next big cyberattack against Europe. But with warnings of ongoing Russian election interference campaigns, the next big attack may already be underway.
The U.S. military curtailed the internet access of an infamous Russian trolling operation around the mid-term elections in November 2018 to stem the spread of noxious disinformation and also directly contacted some of the troll-factory employees by name, the Washington Post reports.
Just days after Drupal warned of a "highly critical" flaw in its web services modules, hackers came calling, exploiting the content management system vulnerability to install cryptocurrency miners and other malicious software on sites, security experts warn.
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.
A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence agent was indicted for disclosing classified information and helping Iran compromise the computers of other U.S. intelligence agents. The case marks another damaging leak for the American government.
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.
In 2018, the Identity Theft Resource Center counted 1,244 U.S. data breaches - involving the likes of Facebook, Marriott and Exactis - that exposed 447 million sensitive records, such as Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses and payment card data.
FBI agents say the government shutdown is impeding their investigations, including cybersecurity probes, with the lack of funding compromising their ability to pay confidential informants and obtain warrants or subpoenas.