What are hot cybersecurity topics in Scotland? The "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" in Edinburgh focused on everything from securing the internet of things the rise of CEO fraud to the origins of "cyber" and how to conduct digital forensic investigations on cloud servers.
"This is not a crazy state; this is a rational state pursuing rational objectives." So said Robert Hannigan, former head of Britain's GCHQ intelligence service, when describing North Korea in a wide-ranging talk at the Infosecurity Europe conference that also touched on Russian hacking and cybercrime.
Attackers continue to shift their tactics to help evade improvements in defenses, says Rick McElroy, security strategist for Carbon Black. Recent trends include fileless attacks, shifting from PowerShell to WMI, plus cryptojacking and credential harvesting.
Never underestimate the human factor in attacks. Indeed, many of today's top attacks - from malware to phishing - require some level of interaction from victims. "They're targeting people - they're targeting the users within our businesses," says Proofpoint's Adenike Cosgrove.
In the past 12 months, there's been a blistering series of high-impact attacks that increasingly blur the lines "between statecraft and criminal organizations," says CrowdStrike's Zeki Turedi. How much of this blurring is intentional?
Government regulation is key to minimizing the misuse of cryptocurrencies for cybercrime, says Brett Johnson, a former cybercriminal who now consults on crime prevention. But regulating cryptocurrencies is no easy task, he acknowledges. Johnson will keynote ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Chicago.
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged a former CIA officer, 29-year-old Joshua A. Schulte, with providing 8,000 documents that describe the agency's offensive malware tools and practices to WikiLeaks, which published them in 2017 as the "Vault 7" archive.
As bitcoin continues its massive price fluctuations, a new report says criminals have continued their push to get extortion and ransom payments in more stable cryptocurrencies. But bitcoins remain a top target for hackers, who most often choose to directly target cryptocurrency exchanges.
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail says hackers stole 30 percent of all of the cryptocurrency tokens it was storing, but many have been successfully frozen or recalled. Security experts say cryptocurrency exchanges remain poorly secured, so they're popular targets for hackers.
The era of the underground marketplace may be ending as concerns over law enforcement infiltration rise, says threat intelligence company Digital Shadows. Cybercriminals' deals are shifting toward encrypted chat and other decentralized services, the company says.
Two of Canada's biggest banks are investigating claims by "fraudsters" that they accessed their customers' data. At risk: 50,000 Bank of Montreal customers and 40,000 Simplii Financial customers. Both banks say they've alerted potentially affected customers and plan to cover any losses.
Calling Grant West "a one man cybercrime wave," a British judge sentenced him to serve more than 10 years in prison after he admitted to hacking into businesses, spoofing 100 organizations via phishing campaigns and earning profits in bitcoins from the sale of stolen personal details.
John Gammell of New Mexico has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for launching DDoS attacks against prior employers and business competitors, as well as for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Years of massive data breaches have fueled an increase in synthetic identity fraud, in which fraudsters combine real and bogus details to create more effective fake identities. Plus, has "The Dark Overlord" hacking group finally met its match?