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.
U.S. federal agencies reported 8% fewer cybersecurity incidents in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to the White House's Office of Management and Budget. But 71 audits of agencies' "high-value assets" showed many remain susceptible to attacks because of a lack of security measures.
The developers behind TrickBot have updated it to run from an infected device's memory to help better avoid detection, according to researchers at Palo Alto Network's Unit 42. The use of this malware has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
API attacks are on the rise, and Gartner predicts that APIs will be the top threat vector by 2022. Roey Eliyahu, CEO of Salt Security, discusses the trend and how to build a more effective API security strategy.
Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report 2020 highlights the leading causes of breaches last year, including credential theft, phishing, ransomware as well as issues linked to cloud implementations and web applications. In an interview, Verizon's Ashish Thapar offers an in-depth analysis.
Ransomware-wielding attackers are typically breaking into victims' networks using remote desktop protocol access, phishing emails or malware that's sometimes used in drive-by attacks against browsers, experts warn, advising organizations to make sure they have the right defenses in place.
A Russian government-backed hacking group that's been tied to a series of cyberespionage campaigns has been quietly exploiting a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Exim email servers since 2019, the U.S. National Security Agency warns in an alert.
A recently revamped version of the Valak strain of malware is targeting Microsoft Exchange servers in the U.S. and Germany, according to recent research from Cybereason. The malware has been redesigned to act as an information stealer that can extract corporate data.
"Hack for hire" groups operating in India are spoofing World Health Organization emails to steal credentials from financial services and healthcare firms around the world, according to Google's Threat Analysis Group.
Turla, a sophisticated hacking group with suspected ties to the Russian government, recently used a revamped version of its malware to target government entities in Eastern Europe, according to new research from the security firm ESET.
A bipartisan group of U.S lawmakers is requesting more information from the FBI and CISA about efforts to crack down on hacking groups linked to China's government that are targeting American facilities conducting COVID-19 research.
Microsoft is warning Windows users about an ongoing "massive" COVID-19-themed phishing campaign that is attempting to install the NetSupport Manager on devices. Attackers can turn NetSupport into a remote access Trojan, or RAT.
Hackers tried two methods of exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Sophos' XG firewall, but Sophos says it made a temporary fix that mitigated the risks. Attackers originally attempted to plant a Trojan, but then switched to ransomware.
A recent phishing campaign bypassed multifactor authentication protections within Microsoft Office 365 to steal users' credentials stored in the cloud or launch other attacks, according to the security firm Cofense.
Attacks targeting cloud-based data nearly doubled in 2019 as companies shifted more of their valuable information off-premises and misconfigurations and other issues made it more vulnerable, according to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Observers expect the trend to continue this year.