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.
Seeking better operational efficiency and ROI, many enterprises have begun significant software automation and orchestration efforts without accounting for the inherent security risks they may bring, says Jeffery Kok of CyberArk.
Researchers say hackers are increasingly using Indian government websites to mine cryptocurrencies. Security experts urge government authorities to take steps to mitigate the risks of cryptojacking, which can cause performance problems.
Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Open source and third-party components help developers build and deploy applications faster. But with increased speed comes greater risks, says Chris Eng of CA Veracode, who offers insights on mitigating those risks.
In addition to its use for improving cloud security, cloud access security broker software can play a role in managing shadow IT and controlling sanctioned IT, says Satyavathi Divadari, director of cybersecurity at Cognizant Technology Solutions.
More evidence that running cybercrime schemes remains inexpensive and accessible to anyone with criminal intent: To send spam emails, admitted botnet herder Peter Levashov quoted customers $500 for 1 million emails. And that was just his 2016 pricing.
India is seeing a surge in government website defacements and data leaks that apparently are tied to nation-states. But if key stakeholders from all sectors collaborate, using appropriate skills and technologies, they can fight off these threats.
Attack code known as EternalBlue, designed to exploit a Windows SMB flaw, continues to work for attackers despite Microsoft having issued patches more than a year ago. One major U.S. business was a recent victim as part of a cryptocurrency-mining malware campaign, a researcher reports.