FBI Director James Comey says the White House plans to confirm that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management data breach exposed "millions and millions" of background-check records. Meanwhile, a second union has now sued OPM over the breach.
Although they apparently weren't caused by cyber-attacks, the impacts of computer failures at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal have much in common with the aftermath of breaches.
Is it wrong that accused Lizard Squad hacker Julius Kivimaki, a teenager who was convicted of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins" attacks, gets to walk away without having to serve any jail time?
Warning: All versions of Flash Player are vulnerable to a zero-day, weaponized exploit that became public when Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team was hacked, and 400 GB of corporate data leaked. Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw.
More than 3,000 National Health Service patients had their personal data exposed when an employee lost an unencrypted memory stick in a parking lot, violating NHS policies. But creating policies isn't the same as enforcing them.
Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team has confirmed that it was hacked and recommends police, law enforcement and government agencies suspend their use of its software, pending a full breach investigation.
OpenDNS's Andrew Hay sees danger confronting many enterprises in the era of the "Internet of Things" as Internet-ready consumer devices, not architected for security, find their way onto corporate networks, often unbeknown to administrators.
Hacking Team, an Italian vendor of "easy-to-use offensive technology" that it sells to government agencies, has been hacked. Leaked customer lists reportedly name the FBI and DEA, plus the governments of Bahrain, Russia and Sudan, among others.
An unconfirmed post-breach report for bitcoin exchange Bitstamp shows the organization was targeted by a sustained attack that combined phishing via email and Skype with macro malware to successfully steal almost 19,000 bitcoins, worth $5 million.
Cisco announced plans to pay $635 million to purchase cloud security firm OpenDNS to better secure the "Internet of Everything." OpenDNS says the acquisition will leave its products and personnel intact.
Would encryption, two-factor authentication and other measures stop a determined adversary from stealing millions of U.S. government personnel files? No, a former CIA CISO says. Read how Robert Bigman would defend against OPM-style cyber-attacks.
Following its mega-breach, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management suspends use of its online background check application system, citing a vulnerability. Also, the agency now faces a breach-related lawsuit filed on behalf of federal workers.