Hundreds of members of the German parliament, Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as numerous local celebrities have had their personal details and communications stolen and leaked online as part of what authorities are calling an attack on the country's democracy and institutions.
Don't rush to blame the printing outage at newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing on anything more than an organization failing to block a malware outbreak. And even if it does prove to be a Ryuk ransomware attack, there's no proof yet that any particular nation-state is behind the campaign, experts warn.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Microsoft's Joram Borenstein highlights his top three areas of focus for 2019. Plus, Randy Vanderhoof of the US Payments Forum on securing card transactions in the coming year.
President Donald Trump is reportedly continuing to weigh an executive order that would ban all U.S. organizations from using telecommunications hardware built by China's Huawei and ZTE. Australia and New Zealand have blocked the firms from their 5G rollouts, while other nations weigh similar moves.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday unsealed an indictment charging two Chinese nationals in connection with APT10 or Cloud Hopper, a cyber espionage campaign, alleging they acted in association with a government agency.
Facebook violated consumer protection law by failing to protect personal data that consumers thought they'd locked down, the District of Columbia alleges in a new lawsuit. Plus, Facebook is disputing a New York Times report that it ignored privacy settings and shared data with large companies without consent.
For the past three years, hackers have been intercepting sensitive diplomatic cables sent between EU member states after stealing passwords for accessing the EU network via a phishing attack against diplomats in Cyprus, The New York Times reports.
Twitter says that an unspecified number of its users may have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers seeking to unmask their identity. Separately, Trend Micro says Twitter has blocked an account that was posting image memes designed to remotely control malware-infected PCs.
The battle against Russian disinformation is far from over. Two in-depth Senate reports have revealed that such campaigns continue despite efforts by social media companies to cleanse their platforms. Researchers say Facebook's Instagram may be the next battleground.
Super Micro Computer says a third-party audit of its recent and older motherboards has not turned up evidence of a spying chip as alleged in an explosive report two months ago by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Bloomberg, however, has stood by its story despite no physical example of the malicious chip turning up.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the validity of reports that China is behind the massive Marriott data breach. Also: Fascinating details in a Congressional report on the Equifax breach, and a clear explanation of "self-sovereign identity."
Hackers linked with China are suspected to be behind the four-year breach of Marriott's Starwood guest reservation system, according to several news reports. The suggestion is likely to contribute to increased tension between the U.S. and China.
Thousands of emails from four senior aides within the National Republican Congressional Committee were exposed after their accounts were compromised for several months earlier this year, Politico reports. Few details have been released about the incident, which was investigated by Crowdstrike.
To combat cyberattacks, more nations must not only hold nation-state attackers accountable, but also better cooperate by backing each other's attribution, said Estonian politician Marina Kaljurand, who chairs the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, in her opening keynote speech at Black Hat Europe 2018.