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.
The March SamSam ransomware attack in Atlanta is reported to have cost the city $17 million to resolve. The attackers had asked for a $51,000 bitcoin ransom, which the city refused to pay. But Gartner Research analyst Avivah Litan stresses that paying ransoms has more cons than pros.
Google has suspended multiple YouTube channels and videos, as well as blogs, after tying them to phishing attacks and influence operations linked to Iran's state media. The technology giant's moves coincided with similar efforts by Facebook and Twitter.
A website that appeared to be part of a phishing campaign designed to gain access to the Democratic National Committee's voter database has turned out to be part of an uncoordinated security exercise. The false alarm has highlighted the benefit of actively monitoring for election interference.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An analysis of why it may be too late to secure the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Also: A close look at the Anthem breach lawsuit settlement and a report on ransomware recovery lessons learned.
With less than three months to go until the U.S. midterm elections, Alex Stamos, until recently Facebook's CSO, says there isn't time to properly safeguard this year's elections. But here's what he says can be done in time for 2020.
Facebook, Twitter and Google have suspended or removed hundreds of pages and accounts tied to two separate alleged influence operations being run by Iran and Russia. Cybersecurity firm FireEye says the campaigns target the U.S., U.K., Latin America and Middle East.
Kaspersky Lab has discovered a new form of malware it calls Dark Tequila that has been targeting users in Mexico and stealing bank credentials and other personal and corporate data. The malware can move laterally through a computer while it's offline, says Dmitry Bestuzhev, a Kasperksy researcher.
Some terms of the recent $115 million settlement in the class action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem tied to a 2015 cyberattack appear underwhelming for the victims, says attorney James DeGraw, who explains why.
U.K. health and beauty retailer Superdrug Stores is warning customers that attackers may have compromised some of their personal information, apparently because they'd reused their credentials on other sites that were hacked. While Superdrug quickly notified victims, it stumbled in three notable ways.
About 30 new health data breaches - including a phishing attack impacting 1.4 million individuals - have been added in recent weeks to the official federal tally, pushing the total victim count for 2018 so far to 6.1 million.