Yet another power blackout in Ukraine was the result of attackers striking via spear-phishing emails and malware, researchers have confirmed. Ukraine's president blamed the campaign on Russia and said it disrupted a number of critical infrastructure targets.
A list of "super user" passwords - and a default username - now circulating online appears to allow unauthorized access to some webcam video streams, security researchers warn. If confirmed, it would be yet another massive internet of things security failure by a device manufacturer.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against router and camera manufacturer D-Link for allegedly failing to secure its products. Experts say it's the opening salvo in what could be a long-term battle to fix IoT devices.
Seven state insurance commissioners conclude in a new in-depth report that the massive cyberattack on Anthem Inc. was carried out by a hacker on behalf of a nation-state. But they stop short of naming the nation involved or penalizing Anthem for the breach that affected 80 million.
The KillDisk disk-wiping malware, previously tied to espionage operations, has been updated with crypto-locking capabilities and now targets Linux as well as Windows systems. But security experts warn that attackers using the Linux variant have no way to furnish a decryption key.
Hackers will hack, but any attempt to attribute attacks back to an individual, group or state apparatus too often involves political agendas, cybersecurity marketing moves, attempts to deflect blame or outright errors of interpretation.
Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
For the second year in a row, the vast majority of health data breach victims were affected by hacker attacks in 2016, and the trend shows no signs of abating. Experts offer forecasts for breach trends in the year ahead.
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
Far too many healthcare organizations and their business associates are still neglecting to address some data security basics, says privacy and security expert Rebecca Herold, who recommends they resolve to take three critical steps in the new year.
As the Trump administration begins, expect a ramp-up in cyber espionage as well as more "test attacks" by nation-states, says cybersecurity specialist Brad Medairy of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
Because cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, bolstering employee and customer awareness and training about ransomware, phishing and other cyber risks must be a top priority in 2017, says Curt Kwak, CIO of Proliance Surgeons.
With the rise of malware infecting IoT devices, DDoS defenders "have to assume that the attackers have an unlimited supply of machines that they can compromise," says Akamai's Michael Smith. But quarantines, ISP feedback loops and better patch management can bolster defenses.