This week's top reported breach incidents, including the report by Hold Security warning that a Russian cyber gang had breached 1.2 billion passwords, all have one thing in common: They leave numerous questions unanswered.
Expect every new warning of cybercrime attacks, online espionage or the malware du jour to be slickly marketed, with the announcements carefully timed. But is this bad for either the information security community or attackers' victims?
Millions of user credentials are breached regularly - whether we hear of the incidents or not. So, why do we continue to rely on passwords? Derek Manky of Fortinet discusses authentication and data retention.
The hacker community can be a cynical crowd, or perhaps a realistic one, that tries to make the best of the threats confronting society. CISO Dan Geer, for example, prefers to hire security folks who are, more than anything else, sadder but wiser.
A report that a Russian hacker group dubbed "CyberVor" is hoarding more than 1 billion stolen passwords triggered worldwide concern, but security experts caution that scant details have been revealed, making the threat tough to judge.
Among the major data breaches reported during the week of July 28 was an incident at Irish online gambling site Paddy Power that impacted 650,000 customers. View this week's infographic of the top five breaches for the week.
Brian Cornell, newly appointed CEO of Target Corp., faces the challenge of ensuring that the protection of customer information is a top priority at the company following last year's massive data breach.