Emotet, one of the most powerful malware-spreading botnets, is active again after a four-month absence, according to several security researchers who noticed a surge in activity primarily against U.S., U.K. and German targets starting on Monday.
The Canadian government has arrested a senior intelligence official on charges of working as a mole. He was reportedly unmasked after investigators found someone had pitched stolen secrets to the CEO of Phantom Secure, a secure smartphone service marketed to criminals that authorities shuttered last year.
"Cobalt Dickens," a threat group with suspected ties to Iran, is continuing its attempts to steal intellectual property from schools and universities, according to an analysis by SecureWorks. The group's work continues even though several alleged members have been indicted by the Justice Department.
Apple is criticizing recent Google research that describes an expansive iPhone hacking campaign, accusing Google of "stoking fear" among users of its products. Google says it stands by its blog post, which focused on technical findings.
Bills now being considered in the Congress would make the Department of Homeland Security's Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program available to all federal agencies and provide services to state and local governments to help them address cybersecurity challenges.
Representatives from the U.S. intelligence establishment met with security officials of major social media and technology firms this week to help craft the nation's approach to securing the 2020 elections, including facilitating better information sharing and coordination.
ISMG and Cybereason visited Dallas on their "Indicators of Behavior" roundtable dinner tour. And Cybereason CSO Sam Curry says the discussion validated the notion that it's time to reimagine incident detection and response.
For many cybercrime investigators, it's all about finding indicators of compromise - evidence a crime has been committed. Sam Curry of Cybereason describes the value of making a shift to cataloging indicators of behavior.
Since at least 2016, hacked websites have targeted zero-day flaws in current versions of Apple iOS to surreptitiously implant data-stealing and location-tracking malware, says Google's Project Zero team. Apple patched the latest vulnerabilities in February.
After two months of inactivity, the notorious Emotet botnet is poised to start delivering malicious code again; active command-and-control servers have been spotted in the wild, researchers at the security firm Cofense warn.
Where have all the hacktivists gone? While the likes of Anonymous, AntiSec and LulzSec became household names in the early 2010s, in the past three years the number of website hacks, defacements and information leaks tied to bona fide hacktivists has plummeted.
The World Economic Forum recently identified "cyberattacks and data integrity concerns crippling large parts of the internet" as one of the top 10 global risks. Jaime Chanaga of NTT talks about the significance of that announcement and the concerns global security leaders face headed into 2020.
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To better prepare for cyberthreats posed by Russia and China, the U.S. Army has been building cyber and electronic warfare units. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that these units are understaffed, underequipped and in need of better training.