Equifax ex-CEO Richard Smith asserts that a single employee's failure to heed a security alert led to the company failing to install a patch on a critical system, which was subsequently exploited by hackers. But his claim calls into question whether poor patch practices and management failures were the norm.
At the first of three Congressional hearings slated this week to examine the Equifax mega-breach, one Republican said of the company's delay in detecting the breach: "It's like the guards of Fort Knox forgot to lock the doors and failed to notice the thieves were emptying the vaults."
Upscale supermarket chain Whole Foods Market says it's investigating a payment card breach affecting dozens of taprooms and an unspecific number of restaurants located inside its stores. But it says no point-of-sale systems at checkout lanes were compromised.
French competitive beard-grower Gal Vallerius was arrested in Atlanta while traveling to the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Texas on charges that he's a darknet marketplace administrator and vendor of controlled substances known as "OxyMonster."
Organizations are drowning in data, and they cannot even inventory it all - much less secure it. How, then, do they shift to focusing on their most sensitive data? Rob Douthitt of SolarWinds MSP offers new strategies.
Attackers are increasingly hacking into banks' networks to gain access to the IT infrastructure connected to their ATMs, security experts warn. Attackers push malware onto ATMs that's designed to allow money mules to "jackpot" or "cash out" the machines, then delete itself.
Fast-food chain Sonic Drive-In is investigating a potential breach involving customers' payment card data. Its alert follows a large, potentially related batch of stolen card data appearing for sale on a cybercrime "carder" marketplace called "Joker's Stash."
It's the age of "open banking," and that means changes for banking institutions and their customers - as well as for the fraudsters. Shaked Vax of IBM Security Trusteer talks about new vulnerabilities and anti-fraud strategies.
Researchers investigating the CCleaner malware outbreak have had a lucky break: The attackers' backup server shows that they pushed secondary malware onto systems at Intel, VMware, Fujitsu and Asus, among others, as part of what appears to be a very targeted attack campaign.
All the key players of a company's management group, including the CISO, need to be involved in the decision about whether to invest in cyber insurance, says Greg Markell of Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions, a cyber insurer.
Summit Credit Union of Wisconsin is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against credit bureau Equifax. The credit union contends it will have to bear the fraud costs resulting from Equifax exposing a massive amount of U.S. consumer data in one of the worst data breaches ever seen.
Freedom of Information requests sent to 430 U.K. local government councils by Barracuda Networks found that at least 27 percent of councils have suffered ransomware outbreaks. Thankfully, almost none have paid ransoms, and good backup practices appear widespread.
An attack campaign involving a trojanized version of the CCleaner Windows utility, built and distributed by British developer Piriform, was much more extensive than it first appeared and may have installed backdoor software on endpoints at hundreds of large technology firms.
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed three of six counts in a complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against IoT manufacturer D-Link that alleges its sloppy security practices deceived consumers. The FTC has until Oct. 20 to amend the complaint.