A U.S. power company, unnamed by regulators, has been fined a record $2.7 million for violating energy sector cybersecurity regulations after sensitive data - including cryptographic information for usernames and passwords - was exposed online for 70 days.
Whoever unleashed malware built to disrupt last month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, designed it to look like it had been executed by a group of hackers tied to North Korea. But researchers at the security firm Kaspersky Lab say any such attribution would be false.
Kaspersky Lab says it has uncovered an elegantly written piece of malware that leverages a Latvian-designed router to launch stealthy attacks. The security firm hints that the malicious code could only have come from a well-resourced attacker, but it stops short of naming one.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued an unequivocal promise about the extradition potential for 13 Russian nationals accused of working for a Kremlin-backed troll factory: "Never." It's unclear how the U.S. might best battle Russia's influence operations.
In a groundbreaking prosecution, two individuals in Ukraine have been sentenced for running extortion campaigns that disrupted international victims' websites with massive DDoS attacks unless they paid bitcoin ransoms of up to $10,000.
Anyone who dined out at one of 166 Applebee's restaurants in 15 states may have had their payment card details compromised by point-of-sale malware infections that began in November 2017, RMH Franchise Holdings warns.
An analysis of a massive 8.8 GB trove of files containing usernames and plaintext passwords suggests hundreds of services may have experienced unreported or undiscovered data breaches. Data breach expert Troy Hunt says the trove of 80 million records appears to contain fresh data.
Information security truisms: 2017 was the year of more cybersecurity - more attacks, more spending, more defenses, more breaches - and 2018 will see more of everything "cyber," plus GDPR enforcement, proxy wars online and more.
Under bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate, federal authorities would share classified cyber threat information with state election officials. The bill also would provide grants to states to support election security efforts.
Security probes into IoT vulnerabilities too often swerve into creepy territory. Take security researchers at Check Point who discovered they could seize control of an internet-connected LG vacuum cleaner's camera, allowing them to turn a roving robotic cleaner into a spy cam.
A new directive from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security elevates federal agencies' email security to the DMARC standard that's widely adopted by commercial email providers, including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.
Banks that collectively own SWIFT saw their profits vanish last year as the organization increased its investments in information security, even as the interbank messaging service handled record volumes of money-moving messages.
Mobile payments are more secure than online and card payments, says David Lott, a payments risk expert with the Retail Payments Risk Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. But how customers use their mobile devices can dramatically affect transactional security.