Disgruntled workers are increasingly exacting their revenge on their employers by using their access to company computers to engage in cyber sabotage, the FBI is warning. Others are using their access to extort money from their employers by threatening sabotage.
The 2014 iOCTA (Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment), published by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), describes an increased commercialization of cyber crime. A service-based criminal industry is developing, in which specialists in the virtual underground economy develop products and services for use by other criminals.
The US financial services industry is finally getting tough on cyber crime, with the announcement of a new body to be tasked with developing threat intelligence products.
FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google recently for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.
With a bug as dangerous as the “shellshock” security vulnerability discovered recently, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic.
A security vulnerability in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash), the command-line shell used in many Linux and Unix operating systems, could leave systems running those operating systems open to exploitation by specially crafted attacks.
In 1960, an IBM engineer named Forrest Parry was developing a new type of ID card for the CIA when he had an epiphany: Why not make each card a tiny data storage device in and of itself? He cut a short length of half-inch wide magnetic tape from a reel and wrapped it around a blank plastic card, secured it with Scotch tape, and then, at his wife’s suggestion, pressed it on with a warm iron. The magnetic stripe card was born.
A new toolkit known as Spike is living up to its name by fomenting a series of powerful distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Its specialty is helping malicious actors to build bigger DDoS botnets by targeting a wider range of Internet-capable devices. And that in turn drives…wait for it…a ‘spike’ in traffic.
Your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market. Security experts say cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, which has many companies still reliant on aging computer systems that do not use the latest security features.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a contract to operate its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center, which will support the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
Dogs have been trained to pick up the scent for laptops, digital cameras and those easy-to-conceal USB drives. Devices such as these are often used to stash illegal materials like child pornography, which the FBI says is growing fast.
Viator, a tour-booking website used by TripAdvisor and others, has just notified 1.4 million customers that their data may have been compromised in a recent data breach. In all, 880,000 customers may have had their payment information compromised, while another 560,000 likely had their email address and encrypted Viator password leaked.
The fixes Apple bolted on to iCloud’s security following its epic spill of stolen celebrity nudes may be far from perfect. But give Apple credit: It made a lot of sex-starved hackers very unhappy.
A continuing trend of are short in duration and repeated frequently. In parallel, high-volume and high-rate DDoS attacks were on the upswing in the first half of 2014, according to NSFOCUS.
When Home Depot suffered a breach of transaction data that exposed as many as 52 million credit card transactions earlier this year, the company reportedly suffered from lax computer and network security measures for years. Apparently, the company wasn’t helped much by its selection of a security architect either.