Ahead of the release of Edward Snowden's memoirs chronicling his decision to bring illegal "big data" domestic U.S. surveillance programs to light, a former NSA intelligence specialist points out that the U.S. still lacks a whistleblowing law to protect intelligence workers who spot illegal activity.
Cybercriminals are "upping their game" by stealing and then auctioning off on the dark web administrative access credentials to healthcare organizations' clinician and patient portals, says Etay Maor of IntSights.
The Government of India is discussing a plan to change its data localization stance, allowing companies to store only critical data locally. Some observers support the idea, while others ask the government not to "give in to pressure" from Western lobbyists.
Many organizations use Active Directory as their domain network management tool of choice. But security experts warn that without locking down and regularly auditing AD, the ease of use that it provides to network administrators can also be tapped by hackers. Start here for essential defenses.
Warning: Attackers are abusing poorly secured and managed implementations of Microsoft Windows Active Directory to hack organizations and distribute ransomware. Fewer old operating systems and greater Active Directory security knowledge are helping mitigate the threat. But experts say more must be done.
The State Bank of India, the nation's largest bank, is investigating an apparent data leak that reportedly exposed information on millions of its customers. Security experts are calling on all banks to improve their server management practices.