Following Twitter's admission that cryptocurrency scammers socially engineered its employees to gain control of 45 high-profile accounts, one reaction has been: Why didn't anyone crack Twitter sooner? Unfortunately, the answer is that they have, especially if you count nation-states bribing insiders.
The U.S. should restore the position of cybersecurity coordinator at the White House because the number of threats against the nation is increasing, several security experts testified this week at a House hearing. But some Republicans question whether the move would create unnecessary bureaucracy.
To the long list of alleged hackers who failed to practice good operational security so they could remain anonymous, add another name: Andrey Turchin, who's been charged with running the Fxmsp hacking group, which prosecutors say relied on Jabber and bitcoins in an attempt to hide their real identities.
U.S. prosecutors this week unsealed an indictment against the alleged hacker "Fxmsp" after his identity was revealed in a cybersecurity firm's report. That sequence of events has raised questions about information sharing and highlighted law enforcement's reliance on private cybersecurity researchers.
The operators behind an updated version of the FakeSpy malware are targeting Android devices using SMS phishing messages to spread the info stealer, according to Cybereason. The messages are designed to appear to come from postal and delivery services.
Is the Fxmsp hacking operation still in business? Experts say Fxmsp earned $1.5 million in illicit profits, thanks to a botnet-based business model that enabled the group to sell remote access to hacked networks. But then it advertised source code allegedly stolen from three anti-virus vendors.
How long does it take to become a reliable, trusted seller in the cybercrime-as-a-service ecosystem? For the Fxmsp hacking collective, experts say the answer is about a year. The group built a botnet that facilitated network intrusions and data exfiltration, but it was driven off cybercrime forums.
The recent leak of 269 GB of sensitive data from more than 200 police departments and the FBI could be a sign that law enforcement agencies are becoming a prime target for hackers, given recent civil unrest.
Organizations deploying deception technology must make sure to integrate it with other technologies to reap the full benefits of intrusion alerts, says Anuj Tewari, global CISO at IT Services HCL Technologies.
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.