Security vendor ProtectWise says a series of operating mistakes has allowed it to gain insight into a group, believed to be affiliated with Chinese intelligence, that specializes in stealing code-signing certificates. The certificates allow for the signing of malware that's unlikely to raise security alarms.
Privacy regulations, user satisfaction concerns and the need to prevent data breaches are driving more organizations that must authenticate users to find "a better way of ensuring that people are who they are when they are accessing critical information," says Tony Smales, CEO of Forticode.
As the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation enforcement date approaches, organizations are working to address challenges, including changing the broadly accepted definition of what constitutes personally identifiable information, says Rashmi Knowles of RSA.
A vulnerability in a government-run website designed to assist employees in linking to their Provident Fund retirement accounts with their Aadhaar numbers was targeted by hackers, reportedly exposing data on millions.
Cybersecurity and fraud prevention functions need to start working more closely together to share and leverage cross-functional knowledge that can help improve security, says Michael Thelander of iovation.
The Ashley Madison breach of 2015 quickly became one the most famous of the high-profile hacks. Three years later, CISO Matthew Maglieri discusses the breach recovery and what he refers to as "cybersecurity in a world of discretion."
Security still remains an afterthought when many organizations are adding new technologies to provide a differentiated customer experience, says Anna Convery of Radware, who recommends a change in approach.
Twitter has apologized after it discovered that it had been inadvertently storing users' passwords in plaintext in an internal log, potentially putting them at risk. Twitter has blamed a bug for the fault and recommends all users change their passwords immediately.