If the Equifax breach turns out like every other massive data breach we've seen for more than a decade, after a big brouhaha - from Congress, state attorneys general, consumer rights groups and class-action lawsuits - nothing will change, because that would require Congress to give Americans more privacy rights.
A 10-digit PIN used by consumers to freeze access to credit reports with Equifax is based on dates and times, several observers have noticed. Equifax says it plans to change how the PIN is generated, but experts say it's another troubling development for a troubled company.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Observations about America's standing as a global cybersecurity leader from Christopher Painter, who until earlier this summer served as the United States' top cyber diplomat. Also, threats posed by IoT devices.
Two Russian hackers, members of a group called "Shaltay-Boltai" - Humpty Dumpty in Russian - that stole and sold high-level Russian officials' emails, have been sentenced to serve three years in prison. The case against them may tie to a high-profile Russian treason investigation.
Increased digitisation and adoption of digital banking channels have led to a sharp increase in incidents of mobile fraud, enhancing the challenges for the CISOs in securing these transactions, says Subhash Subramaniam, CISO of ICICI Bank.
Instagram is warning that more users were affected by a hack of its systems than it first suspected. While email addresses - and some phone numbers - for celebrities, including Emma Watson and Lady Gaga, appear to have been compromised, 6 million account holders in total may have been affected.
The ISMG Security Report leads with views on a novel way to fund the growth of the United States military's Cyber Command by seizing assets such as digital currencies from hackers and other criminals. Also, we offer tips on how to recruit scarce IT security pros.
A list of weak credentials for vulnerable Internet of Things devices has prompted a new effort to notify their owners. The fear is of another mass, IoT-fueled DDoS attack along the lines of last year's Mirai attacks.
The FBI has arrested Chinese national Yu Pingan on charges that he was a "malware broker" for a remote-access Trojan called Sakula that was used in the massive breaches of Anthem and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, among other organizations.
The never-ending stream of bad information security news is fueling a virtual gold rush for companies offering protection. A new report from Forrester predicts a healthy growth rate over the next five years, with some specific technologies expected to see double-digit growth.
EDR (endpoint response and detection) products are powerful tools that provide a play-by-play of exactly what happened on a computer during and after an attack. But the products require the right expertise to get the most value, a Gartner analyst says.
Researchers claim that the startup company Creditseva, which helps individuals manage credit profiles, left client data exposed, but the company says there was no "breach." Security experts discuss the security challenges faced by startup companies.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with information security guru Ron Ross discussing changes coming to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's catalog of IT security and privacy controls. Also, challenges facing an upgraded U.S. Cyber Command.