Federal regulators have issued an alert urging healthcare sector organizations to take specific steps to prevent falling victim to distributed denial-of-service attacks. Security experts offer an assessment, plus additional tips.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a look at the ransomware attack against San Francisco's light rail agency. Also featured is an analysis of the ongoing fallout from Australia's online census project.
What's needed to bolster the security of internet of things devices to help prevent cyberattacks, such as the recent botnet-driven DDoS attack against web services provider Dyn? Security experts offered their views at a Nov. 16 congressional hearing.
U.K. Chancellor Philip Hammond used the launch of Britain's new five-year National Cyber Security Strategy to trumpet the country's strike-back capabilities. But other parts of the strategy - including more automated defenses - hold much greater promise.
As if the internet of things didn't seem secure enough, now we have to worry about apps on our smartphones posing a risk too. At Black Hat Europe, researchers from Invincea Labs demonstrated zero-day flaws in Belkin's WeMo home-automation device firmware as well the WeMo Android app, which have been patched.
DDoS attacks apparently were directed at the small west African country of Liberia from the same botnet that struck networking services provider Dyn. Were the attacks just a test for a bigger attack to come?
As investigations into the distributed denial-of-service attack on Singaporean ISP StarHub continue, experts believe that the scale of IoT infections - needed to launch attacks of such severity - and the circumstances perpetuating it are the bigger problems.
This year, the annual Black Hat Europe conference decamps from Amsterdam to London. What's in store? Everything from mobile ransomware and quantum-resistant crypto to "ego markets" and how to turn Belkin IoT devices into launch pads for DDoS attacks.
In a sign that investigators are paying more attention to disrupting stresser/booter services, script-kiddie-friendly Hack Forums recently announced that it will be shutting down its related Server Stress Testing forum.
An evaluation of new U.S. government guidance to prevent the hacking of automotive computers and electronics leads the latest ISMG Security Report. Also, IBM takes responsibility for the impact of a DDoS attack and a preview of the ISMG Healthcare Security Summit.
On the heels of the massive DDoS attack that disrupted DNS services provided by Dyn, Singaporean ISP StarHub's DNS services were likewise targeted. The ISP has blamed customer-owned IoT devices for the attack, but it has not named the malware involved.
The malware-infected IoT army that disrupted domain name server provider Dyn was composed of, at most, 100,000 devices, the company estimates in an after-action report. But claims that the attacks peaked at 1.2 Tbps remain unconfirmed.