Security experts see the FIDO Alliance's release of two universal authentication specifications as a positive move in the effort to eliminate passwords. But the standards' impact will be minimal unless they're widely adopted.
A recent blog post by Managing Editor Mathew J. Schwartz, "Why Are We So Stupid About Passwords?" raised a number of issues about the ongoing risks involved in using passwords for authentication. Read the strong reaction to the commentary and join the conversation.
A new version of the Destover malware includes a legitimate certificate from Sony. But a researcher claims it's a hoax. Meanwhile, new evidence emerges that the hackers who attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment had criminal - not nation-state - intentions.
Security experts are sounding warnings that a flaw known as POODLE, revealed Oct. 14, can now be used to decrypt some Internet communications secured using TLS. Vendors have begun describing workarounds and issuing patches.
The "wiper" malware attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment has numerous commonalities with previous wiper attacks in Saudi Arabia and South Korea. This infographic summarizes the attacks and highlights their similarities.
The latest entrant into the password "hall of shame" is Sony Pictures Entertainment. As the ongoing dumps of Sony data by Guardians of Peace highlight, Sony apparently stored unencrypted passwords with inadequate access controls.
The hacking gang Lizard Squad has claimed credit for knocking Sony's PlayStation Network offline. Meanwhile, investigators continue to suspect North Korea may have launched the recent, "unprecedented" hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Technology will always play a critical role in security. Yet, companies cannot rely exclusively on the tools. People present a number of security-related problems that companies must address with education.
Security practitioners must change their mindset, says Dave Merkel of FireEye. We have to stop thinking we're preserving peace and realize that we're responding to warfare from well-armed attackers, he contends in this video interview.
Leading this week's industry news roundup, Soltra, an FS-ISAC and DTCC joint venture, launches a threat intelligence platform, while Tripwire and Palo Alto Networks announce the integration of APT technologies.
Except for the leak of celebrities' private data, the "wiper" malware attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment shares "extraordinary" similarities with previous wiper attacks in Saudi Arabia and South Korea, a security researcher finds.
The destructive code that was used to infect and erase hard drives at Sony Pictures Entertainment - and which apparently was the subject of a recent FBI "flash alert" - has been identified as "wiper" malware known both as Destover and Wipall.