Connected devices for consumers don't come with service-level agreements agreements. The travails of Petnet, the maker of an automatic, cloud-enabled pet feeder that has now gone offline offer a tale of caution that points to the need for stronger consumer protection for cloud-enabled devices.
To the long list of alleged hackers who failed to practice good operational security so they could remain anonymous, add another name: Andrey Turchin, who's been charged with running the Fxmsp hacking group, which prosecutors say relied on Jabber and bitcoins in an attempt to hide their real identities.
The U.S. Secret Service is combining its electronic and financial crime units into a single task force that will focus on investigating cyber-related financial crimes, such as BEC schemes and ransomware attacks. The move comes as lawmakers push for the Secret Service to take a more active role in fighting cybercrime.
U.S. prosecutors this week unsealed an indictment against the alleged hacker "Fxmsp" after his identity was revealed in a cybersecurity firm's report. That sequence of events has raised questions about information sharing and highlighted law enforcement's reliance on private cybersecurity researchers.
Greg van der Gaast, head of information security at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, has strong opinions on why some security investments aren't reaping maximum benefits. "We are addressing problems too far downstream," he says.
Many ransomware gangs hell-bent on seeing a criminal payday have now added data exfiltration to their shakedown arsenal. Gangs' extortion play: Pay us, or we'll dump stolen data. One massive takeaway is that increasingly, ransomware outbreaks also are data breaches, thus triggering breach notification rules.
The recent leak of 269 GB of sensitive data from more than 200 police departments and the FBI could be a sign that law enforcement agencies are becoming a prime target for hackers, given recent civil unrest.
Four recent cybersecurity incidents that may have involved ransomware demonstrate the ongoing threats facing the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also serve as a warning that extra watchfulness is needed as physicians reopen their clinics.
When organizations eventually allow employees to return to their offices after the COVID-19 crisis subsides, they may discover "more network intrusions, data exfiltration and data breaches," says U.K. cybercrime expert Andrew Gould, who implores organizations to report these incidents to authorities.
Britain's failure to contain COVID-19 - despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising a "world-beating" effort - now includes a failed digital contact-tracing app. A new version, built to work with Apple and Google APIs, may be released by winter. Really, what's the rush?
An internal CIA report from 2017 - just released in heavily redacted form - found that the agency's failure to secure its own systems facilitated the massive "Vault 7" data breach that enabled classified information, including details of 35 CIA hacking tools, to be leaked to WikiLeaks.