Did the Chinese government pull off one of the most secretive hardware hacks of all time? That's what information security experts are pondering after a Bloomberg report described an espionage operation that purportedly planted a tiny spying chip on widely distributed server motherboards.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
Step away from the social media single sign-on services, cybersecurity experts say, citing numerous privacy and security risks. Instead, they recommend that everyone use password managers to create unique and complex passwords for every site, service or app they use.
While Facebook has invalidated 90 million users' single sign-on access tokens following a mega-breach, researchers warn that most access token hijacking victims still lack any reliable "single sign-off" capabilities that will revoke attackers' access to hyper-connected web services and mobile apps.
Machine learning could be a breakthrough for data classification, addressing fundamental challenges and paving the way to create and enforce automated policies that can be scaled across the enterprise, says Titus CEO Jim Barkdoll.
As attackers become more adept at evading "reactive" security controls and alert mechanisms, proactively analyzing the behaviors of people and systems is critical to detecting malicious activity, says Gartner's Kelly Kavanagh.
Facebook says that whoever hacked 50 million user accounts, putting the privacy of those users' personal data at risk, did so by abusing its "View As" privacy feature. Facebook says the attack successfully targeted three separate bugs in its video-uploading functionality.
After initial protests, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, along with major payment firms, have indicated they plan to comply with the Reserve Bank of India's payment data localization mandate and meet the Oct. 15 deadline. Security experts analyze the impact of the data storage shift.
Privacy advocates are praising the India Supreme Court's ruling that private entities can no longer require the use of Aadhaar data for authentication, but they're pressing for swift passage of a new data protection law.
WhatsApp has agreed to appoint a grievance officer for India who will handle complaints about fake news. The nation's government had demanded the action in the wake of recent mob violence triggered by fake news spread on the social media platform. But will the appointment have a significant impact?
In Australia, it can take as few as 15 minutes to steal someone's phone number, a type of attack known as SIM hijacking. Such attacks are rising, but mobile operators have no plans to change the authentication required around number porting, which can be set in motion online with minimal personal information.
Email fraud threats have evolved from attackers targeting networks to them focusing on specific individuals within an organization. What can enterprises do to halt these attacks before they reach the inbox? Denis Ryan of Proofpoint shares defensive tactics.
Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
One mystery with the recently discovered payment card sniffing attacks against such organizations as British Airways and Newegg has been how attackers might have first gained access to the victims' networks. But a number of cybercrime markets sell such access, in some cases for as little as 50 cents.