Some 23 federal agencies come up short in their cybersecurity efforts even as attacks on their IT infrastructures continue to grow and concerns about foreign interference in the upcoming 2020 elections persist, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
Through hundreds of millions of selfies, the small Russian company behind FaceApp has likely created one of the largest private troves of geometric and facial landmark data - on the scale of Google and Facebook. The viral app has turned into an intellectual property boon.
Cyber adversaries are resilient and move quickly, so it'st critical that organizations share threat intelligence in an automated way, says Shawn Henry of CrowdStrike Services. But that sharing has been hampered by a lack of understanding of why it's important and how organizations can benefit, he says.
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.
Microsoft says intruders targeting its email services had access to email content for a single-digit percentage of the overall affected accounts, a more serious conclusion than first thought. But the company hasn't released many details, including the total number of accounts affected.
After months of review, a Georgia-based healthcare system has determined that a cyberattack last year exposed the protected health information of more than 278,000 individuals. Meanwhile, federal regulators have issued an alert about advanced persistent threats.
Email remains the top threat vector for organizations. And while the move to cloud-based solutions has significantly improved email security, environments such as Office365 have their own complexities that need to be addressed, says David Wagner, CEO of Zix Corp.
Buyer beware: A new study shows used USBs offered for sale on eBay and elsewhere may contain a wealth of personal information that could potentially be used for identity theft, phishing attacks and other cybercrimes.
Hackers have breached the Australian Parliament's network, although investigators say they have found no evidence that attackers stole any data. But Parliament's presiding officers said all users have been ordered to reset their passwords as a precaution.
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.
Is there anything better than being offered one year of "free" identity theft monitoring? Regularly offered with strings attached by organizations that mishandled your personal details, the efficacy and use of such services looks set for a U.S. Government Accountability Office review.