More proof that when it comes to crime, there's nothing new under the sun: Federal prosecutors have charged two men with attempting to extort cryptocurrency worth more than $12 million from a startup firm planning to undertake an initial coin offering, in part via physical intimidation.
Government agencies and private sector organizations around the world are experimenting with the use of blockchain to help manage digital identity. Here are three examples of pioneering efforts in the U.S., Canada and India.
U.K. authorities are attempting to seize more than $1.1 million in cryptocurrency from a notorious British hacker who carried out attacks that targeted more than 100 companies over a two-year period, according to the Metropolitan Police Service. The currency will be sold, with proceeds used to compensate victims.
At a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers grilled a Facebook executive about the company's plans to launch a cryptocurrency. One Democratic senator said Facebook "does not respect the power of the technologies they are playing with - like a toddler who has gotten his hands on a book of matches."
Critics say blockchain is a technology looking for a purpose, but Microsoft's David Houlding says organizations are using blockchain today to validate identities and to help prevent fraud. He shares use cases and emerging best practices.
Six suspects have been arrested as part of a 14-month international police probe into the theft of at least $28 million worth of bitcoin cryptocurrency from more than 4,000 victims in at least 12 countries. Investigators say attackers appear to have "typosquatted" legitimate bitcoin exchange sites.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the security and privacy implications of Facebook's new digital currency - Libra. Also featured: Discussions on the rise of machine learning and IT and OT collaboration on cybersecurity.
With Facebook now officially preparing to launch its own cryptocurrency, Libra, in 2020, the social media giant is facing a privacy and security backlash both in the U.S. and Europe. Lawmakers and regulators are raising concerns about the offering based on the company's poor history of protecting user data.
From blockchains and surveillance to backdoors and GDPR, a group of leading cryptographers rounded up the top cybersecurity and privacy matters of the day at the cryptographers' panel held at the recent RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco.
Browser-based cryptocurrency miners are falling out of favor as virtual currency prices remain low, IBM says. But the company says malware-based miners are coming back, including fileless ones that rely on Powershell. Here's the lowdown.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the recent ransomware attack on aluminum giant, Norsk Hydro. Plus, confessions of a former LulzSec and Anonymous hacktivist, and the growing problem of cyber extortion.
Identity and access management is more complicated when organizations rely on a cloud infrastructure, says Brandon Swafford, CISO at Waterbury, Connecticut-based Webster Bank, who describes the challenges in an interview.
Facebook is edging closer to launching its own cryptocurrency, with a rollout expected this year, The New York Times reports. But some critics argue that the project seems more like a trendy and unnecessary redressing of a PayPal-like system with a blockchain.
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.
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.