How big is the step from humans using drones to kill other humans to building lethal autonomous weapons systems that can kill on their own? Ethically and technologically, that's a huge leap. But military planners are working to build what some call "killer robots." And the UN wants them banned.
Not all data breaches are what they might seem, and not all leakers are who they might claim to be. Take the doxing of the Minneapolis Police Department, supposedly by Anonymous hacktivists: The leaked employee information was almost certainly culled from old breaches. So who did it, and why?
Last week, security researcher Bill Demirkapi said that Trend Micro used a trick to get one of its drivers to pass Microsoft's approval process. Trend Micro has withdrawn the driver and says it's working with Microsoft on incompatibility issues that are unrelated to the researcher's findings.
Don't forget to lock down online shared code repositories, as Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG learned the hard way after a researcher was able to access nearly 9 GB of software development documentation from a misconfigured GitLab repository.
Security experts and law enforcement officials have long argued that paying ransoms doesn't pay. For starters, it directly funds the cybercrime ecosystem and makes it attractive for criminals to keep launching ransomware attacks.
In honor of World Password Day, here's a task for every organization that uses remote desktop protocol: Ensure that all of your organization's internet-facing RDP ports have a password - and that it's complex and unique.
Forget "whitelists" and "blacklists" in cybersecurity. So recommends Britain's National Cyber Security Center, in a bid to move beyond the racial connotations inherent to the terminology. Henceforth, NCSC - part of intelligence agency GCHQ - will use the terms "allow list" and "deny list." Will others follow?
Technology is no panacea, including for combating COVID-19. While that might sound obvious, it's worth repeating because some governments continue to hype contact-tracing apps. Such apps won't magically identify every potential exposure. But they could make manual contact-tracing programs more effective.
In the age of COVID-19 - when staying as close to home as possible and trying to avoid touching anything in public that might spread coronavirus is the new normal - cash is out, and "contactless" payments are in, if you're lucky enough to be able to use them.
Zoom has apologized for sharing large sets of user data by default with Facebook, blaming the social network's software development kit, which it has removed from its iOS app. With COVID-19 driving unprecedented levels of remote working, video conferencing software is under the privacy and security microscope.
Which cybersecurity topics are hot? One topical answer to that question comes via the upcoming RSA Conference 2020. Organizers say they received 2,400 responses to their call for speakers, and they've have highlighted 10 predominant themes, including secure design, frameworks, privacy and the human element.
As former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May famously declared: "Brexit means Brexit." But what Britain's exit from the EU means for the nation's data privacy rules and future EU-U.K. data flows remains to be seen, as the country navigates its post-Brexit transition period.
If Iowa's experiment with a new tabulation app during the Democratic caucuses is the warmup for the 2020 presidential election process, then we're in for a bumpy ride. But what happened there isn't a technology problem. It's a human problem rooted in a failure to properly evaluate risk.
Apple previously scuttled plans to add end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups, Reuters reports, noting that such a move would have complicated law enforcement investigations. But the apparent olive branch hasn't caused the U.S. government to stop vilifying strong encryption and the technology giants that provide it.
A baby photo and video-sharing app called Peekaboo Moments is exposing sensitive logs through an exposed Elasticsearch database, a researcher has found. The data includes baby photos and videos, birthdates, location data and device information.