While tech-support scams have proliferated for years, the FBI says losses tied to such fraud are now higher than ever. Google has pledged to crack down on fake tech-support listings. But fraudsters regularly employ a variety of channels, including cold calls, pop-up windows and phishing emails.
Ransomware creators, having already created "themes" for their crypto-locking malware ranging from Pokemon and horror movies to princesses and Donald Trump, have now debuted "Barack Obama" ransomware. In a sign of the times, the ransomware doubles as a monero cryptocurrency miner.
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which has tough breach notification requirements, is spurring global interest in technologies to help prevent insider breaches, says Tony Pepper of Egress Software Technologies.
Business email compromise attacks continue to be lucrative for the criminally inclined. With the FBI reporting that reports of such attacks have recently doubled, researchers find that tricking victims into making fraudulent wire transfers remains attackers' top goal.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an update on how Russian bots and trolls are spreading misinformation on vaccines via social media - and the public health impact of the campaign. Plus: Tips on disaster recovery, internet of things security.
Does social media fuel toxic politics and racial tension? We're still in the early of days of understanding the long-term effects of social media on society, but the early signs aren't good. It's time for social networks to take moral responsibility for content on their networks - even if they don't want it.
It's less than 10 weeks until your country's elections; do you know where your government's information warfare defenses and election security strategy are? The FBI says it's moving to counter information operations, while DHS is bolstering election security. But will it be enough?
As general manager for payments and fraud prevention at Amazon Web Services, Keith Carlson has a unique perspective on detecting and preventing compromises in the cloud. He shares insights gleaned from dealing with scores of customers and their concerns.
Public health alert: Russian trolls have been spreading "polarized and anti-vaccine" misinformation via social media in a manner that appears designed to undercut trust in vaccines, researchers warn. Lower vaccination rates have already contributed to a rise in mass outbreaks of measles among children.
Although fraud schemes continue to evolve, social engineering remains a critical element, says Brett Johnson, a former fraudster who now advises organizations on how to fight cybercrime. He explains how new attacks are often tweaks of much older schemes.